This weekend C2E2 goes down at the Lakeside Center at McCormick Place in Chicago, and if you’re planning to attend, you won’t want to miss the “Monster Mash-Up Mayhem” panel, on which all the brains behind the Quirk Classics Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, its prequel Dawn of the Dreadfuls, and Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters will all be appearing together for the first time!
The panel kicks off on Friday, April 16th, at 8:00 p.m., in Room E351 and will be moderated by Tasha Robinson of The A.V. Club. The participants from Quirk Classics (official site here) include:
Seth Grahame-Smith is a film and television writer/producer, semi-frequent blogger, and best-selling author. His first novel, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (with Jane Austen), debuted at #3 on the New York Times Best-Seller List and has been translated into 25 languages. There are currently more than one million copies in print. His newest novel is Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
Ben H. Winters wrote the New York Times best seller Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters (with Jane Austen) and the forthcoming Android Karenina (with Leo Tolstoy), both for Quirk Classics. Ben has written for a wide range of newspapers and magazines as well as several books in the best-selling Worst Case Scenario Survival Guide series.
Steve Hockensmith is an award-winning short-story writer, novelist, and reporter. His short fiction appears regularly in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine as well as anthologies such as Sherlock Holmes in America and Death Do Us Part. His story “Erie’s Last Day” appeared in Best American Mystery Stories 2001. His newest novel is Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls, the prequel to Grahame-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
Jason Rekulak is the creator of the Quirk Classics series. Inspired by all the creative copyright infringement that flourishes on the Internet, he decided to spice up public domain works of classic literature by adding monster mayhem. Surprisingly, he created a subgenre of books —- the literary monster mash-up — that has taken the world by storm. Jason has conceived all the titles in the series and has worked with the authors to develop the manuscripts. He is Associate Publisher and Creative Director at Quirk Books.
The four gentlemen will be discussing writing and remixing classic works of literature as well as the future of the monster mash-up, and a book signing will follow the panel. In addition, Seth Grahame-Smith will have his own “spotlight” panel on Saturday, April 17, in Room E352 at 2:45, to talk about his work in greater detail.
For more on the weekend’s events at the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, which runs April 16-18, visit the official C2E2 website.
– Debi Moore
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