Posted by: ryalltime | July 15, 2010

Classics Mutilated

We announced today that we’re jumping into the prose “mash-up” genre, with a book of short stories called CLASSICS MUTILATED. This piece at Publishers Weekly runs through the contents of the book, so I won’t reiterate that here, but the solicitations for the book, coming in the August Previews for October release, read this way:

Joe R. Lansdale, John Shirley, Nancy Collins, Mike Resnick, Kristine Rusch, Chris Ryall, Thomas Tessier, Marc Laidlaw, Rio Youers, more (w)Menton Matthews III (c)

Fifteen brand-new stories take the trendy formula of “literary classic/historic figure + supernatural element” and transform it in ways the mainstream could never imagine, or get away with. Notable characters include Huck Finn, Capt. Ahab, Sid Vicious, Billy the Kid, Emily Dickinson, Jim Morrison, Edgar Allan Poe, Loki, and Albert Einstein. Contributing writers include John Shirley, Nancy Collins, Mike Resnick, Kristine Rusch, Chris Ryall, Thomas Tessier, Marc Laidlaw, and Rio Youers. “Dread Island,” a masterful new novella by Joe R. Lansdale, anchors the collection.

TPB • B&W • $16.99 • 320 Pages • 6” x 9” • ISBN: 978-1-60010-705-4

Mashed-up authors include Mark Twain, Herman Melville, Louisa May Alcott, Emily Dickinson, and Stephanie Meyers. Cultural icons include Edgar Allan Poe, Sid Vicious, Sen. Joe McCarthy, Jim Morrison, Huck Finn, Capt. Ahab, the gods of Asgard, and many more.

The cover to the book is above, painted by Menton Matthews III, one of my ZOMBIES VS ROBOTS AVENTURE (“Kampf” artists. The scene it reflects is from Lansdale’s “Dread Island,” which we’re also releasing at the con as a signed novella.

I did a story for this collection, too, a 12,000-word story called “Twilight of the Gods.” Anyone who knows Norse mythology knows that that expression has some relevance (see: Ragnarok), so I used that as a starting place to then combine Norse mythology with, uh, Stephanie Meyers. So the “Bella” role in the story is played by Loki, and it goes suitably off the rails from there.

Now I just need to get Menton to do me up an image of Loki, the frost giantess (who doesn’t so much sparkle in the sunlight as melt), and the Valkyrie that make up the love-triangle in this story… and then work up an apology to TWILIGHT fans for what I did with this story…



  1. YES!!!!
    This is one of those perfect ideas that I would’ve have dreamed would see the light of day!
    great image too!

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