Saturday, October 29, 2011

Shelf Candy Saturday (9)

In the spirit of the Halloween season, I thought I would feature a spooky but amazing cover for this week. With just a smidge of further ado, here we go:
First, you should run on over to Five Alarm Book Reviews (the creators of this fun meme) and check out more awesome covers!

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.”

So begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem. As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton—and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she’s soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers—and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield. Can Elizabeth vanquish the spawn of Satan? And overcome the social prejudices of the class-conscious landed gentry? Complete with romance, heartbreak, swordfights, cannibalism, and thousands of rotting corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies transforms a masterpiece of world literature into something you’d actually want to read.

This is the second time this week that I have featured this book, but I just love it so. the cover is appropriately gruesome and the mash-up of Elizabeth Bennett, Mr. Darcy and zombies is inspired.
The cover art (by Doogie Horner) is actually a "zombification" of this painting by William Beechey of Marcia Fox:
According to an article about Doogie Horner in Fast Company, Mr. Horner is a man of a million talents, including designing kick-ass book covers.
You know Doogie Horner one of two ways: As the guy who did the flowcharts that have, at some point, existed as your desktop: the Heavy Metal Band Names flowchart, the Universal Comedy flowchart, the What to Say During Sex flowchart; or as the beardo comedian who's somehow survived three rounds of America's Got Talent.
You may not know is that the 30-year-old Tyler School of Art (Philadelphia) grad with a major in graphic design (minor in art history) is a serious--like MENSA-level serious--artist. He painted the cover of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies for Quirk Books (his day job). And in October, HarperCollins is publishing Everything Explained Through Flowcharts, his book of graphics so complex they'd give John Nash a migraine, and beautiful enough for wallpaper.
You can also discover more about the multi-talented Horner on his website The Ministry of Secret Jokes.
That's it for spooky covers for this Halloween season, folks! Next month, I'm going to have to think of covers I'm thankful for, I suppose...
Don't forget to head over to Five Alarm Book Reviews!


  1. That is a seriously creepy cover! Definitely perfect for Halloween though :o

    My first ever Shelf Candy is here if you'd like a look :)

  2. Great pick for the last Shelf Candy before Halloween. It freaks me out! I have seen this book, but haven't thought about it in awhile. I have got to read it.

  3. I love that cover! I"ll admit, Austin isn't one of my favs (I know, I need to go hide in a hole somewhere), but every time I see that cover I just have to smile because its such a great parody.



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