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Mash Ups and More Update - May 17, 2014


I keep a long and hopefully extensive list of Mash Ups here. I find these fascinating and some are really well done.  I spotted these 2 novels recently:


Artful
by Peter David
47North, July 1, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 288 pages

Mash Ups and More Update - May 17, 2014
Oliver Twist is one of the most well-known stories ever told, about a young orphan who has to survive the mean streets of London before ultimately being rescued by a kindly benefactor.

But it is his friend, the Artful Dodger, who has the far more intriguing tale, filled with more adventure and excitement than anything boring Oliver could possibly get up to. Throw in some vampires and a plot to overthrow the British monarchy, and what you have is the thrilling account that Charles Dickens was too scared to share with the world.

From the brilliant mind of novelist and comic book veteran Peter David, Artful is the dark, funny, and action-packed story of one of the most fascinating characters in literary history.

With vampires.




The Boy in His Winter: An American Novel
By Norman Lock
Bellevue Literary Press, May 13, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 192 pages

Mash Ups and More Update - May 17, 2014
Huck Finn and Jim float on their raft across a continuum of shifting seasons, feasting on a limitless supply of fish and stolen provisions, propelled by the currents of the mighty Mississippi from one adventure to the next. Launched into existence by Mark Twain, they have now been transported by Norman Lock through three vital, violent, and transformative centuries of American history. As time unfurls on the river’s banks, they witness decisive battles of the Civil War, the betrayal of Reconstruction’s promises to the freed slaves, the crushing of Native American nations, and the electrification of a continent. While Jim enters real time when he disembarks the raft in the Jim Crow South, Huck finally comes of age when he’s washed up on shore during Hurricane Katrina. An old man in 2077, Huck takes stock of his life and narrates his own story, revealing our nation’s past, present, and future as Mark Twain could never have dreamed it.

The Boy in His Winter is a tour-de-force work of imagination, beauty, and courage that re-envisions a great American literary classic for our time.



Mash Ups and More Update - William Shakespeare's Star Wars


I haven't found a mash up type book to share with you in a long time. Look at this!



William Shakespeare's Star Wars
Author:  Ian Doescher
Publisher:  Quirk Books
Pub Date:  July 2, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 176 pages
Price:  $14.95
Genre:  Humor / Science Fiction
ISBN:  9781594746376

Mash Ups and More Update - William Shakespeare's Star Wars
May the verse be with you! Inspired by one of the greatest creative minds in the English language—and William Shakespeare—here is an officially licensed retelling of George Lucas’s epic Star Wars in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon. The saga of a wise (Jedi) knight and an evil (Sith) lord, of a beautiful princess held captive and a young hero coming of age, Star Wars abounds with all the valor and villainy of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. Reimagined in glorious iambic pentameter, William Shakespeare’s Star Wars will astound and edify learners and masters alike. Zounds! This is the book you’re looking for. 



I'd love the cover as a poster!


Mash Ups and More Update - My Favorite Fangs

Alan Goldsher, author of Paul is Undead: The British Zombie Invasion and other works, is at it again.



My Favorite Fangs: The Story of the Von Trapp Family Vampires
Author:  Alan Goldsher
Publisher:  St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books
Pub Date:  August 7, 2012
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 304 pages
Price:  $14.99
Genre:  Mash Up / Horror
ISBN:  9780312640200

Mash Ups and More Update - My Favorite Fangs
Maria von Trapp is sweet, innocent, and can sing like an angel. Oh, and she’s also a bloodthirsty vampire.

When Maria is kicked out of the Abbey where she’s been residing for the past thousand or so years, she lands a job caretaking the family von Trapp, a rowdy clan in need of some serious discipline… or vampirification. After Maria turns the von Trapp children into children of the night and marries the von Trapp patriarch, the family seems destined for eternal (really, really eternal) bliss. But Hitler’s Undeath Squads are on the march, intent on ridding Europe of bloodsuckers. And Maria will have to do everything in her power—supernatural or otherwise —to save her vampire brood.

In the open vein of Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter, Alan Goldsher's My Favorite Fangs is a hilarious horror novel that will have readers screaming, ”Do Re Mi.” Or just plain screaming.


I'm afraid that I am going to have to read this!

Mash Ups and More Update - Pride and Platypus: Mr. Darcy's Dreadful Secret

I've been waiting for this novel since I first heard about it. Pride and Platypus is part of Vera Nazarian's Supernatural Jane Austen Series, which includes Mansfield Park and Mummies: Monster Mayhem, Matrimony, Ancient Curses, True Love, and Other Dire Delights (November 2009) and Northanger Abbey and Angels and Dragons (December 2010). An additional 4 novels are planned for the series.



Pride and Platypus: Mr. Darcy's Dreadful Secret
Author:  Jane Austen and Vera Nazarian
Series:  Supernatural Jane Austen Series
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 500 pages
Publisher:  Curiosities (June 15, 2012)
Price:  $16.95
Genre:  Mash Up
ISBN:  9781607620785

Mash Ups and More Update - Pride and Platypus: Mr. Darcy's Dreadful Secret
When the moon is full over Regency England, all the gentlemen are subject to its curse...

Mr. Darcy, however, harbors a Dreadful Secret.

Shape-shifting demons mingle with Australian wildlife, polite society, and high satire, in this elegant, hilarious, witty, insane, and unexpectedly romantic supernatural parody of Jane Austen's classic novel.

The powerful, mysterious, handsome, and odious Mr. Darcy announces that Miss Elizabeth Bennet is not good enough to tempt him. The young lady determines to find out his one secret weakness -- all the while surviving unwanted proposals, Regency balls, foolish sisters, seductive wolves, matchmaking mothers, malodorous skunks, general lunacy, and the demonic onslaught of the entire wild animal kingdom!

What awaits her is something unexpected. And only moon, matrimony, and true love can overcome pride and prejudice!

Gentle Reader—this Delightful Illustrated Edition includes Scholarly Footnotes and Appendices.

Mash Ups and More Update - Oliver Twisted - February 8, 2012

It's been quite some time since I've had the pleasure of writing a Mash Ups and More Update. Believe me, I keep looking. Oliver Twisted was published by the Electric Monkey imprint of Egmont UK. Check out the Oliver Twisted website. I've no idea weather is will be published in the US as well, but I will certainly check.


Oliver Twisted
AuthorJ. D. Sharpe (and Charles Dickens)
Format:  Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher:  Electric Monkey (February 6, 2012)
Price:  English
Genre:  Horror/Mash Up/YA
ISBN:  9781405258173

Mash Ups and More Update - Oliver Twisted - February 8, 2012
"FLESH," the woe-begotten moaned at Oliver, baring teeth which were ragged and black. "FLESH" came another moan, and he turned to see two more behind. They began to shuffle towards him, barefoot.

The world according to Oliver Twisted is simple. Vampyres feed on the defenceless, orphans are sacrificed to hungry gods and if a woe-begotten catches your scent it will hunt you for ever.

On the advice of a corpse, Oliver flees his ghastly orphan life to seek his destiny in the dark streets of old London Town, despite the perils of the woe-begotten zombie-infested journey. There he meets the shadowy Dodger, the evil old soul-stealer Fagin, and the menacing Bill Sikes, who is more beast than man. But will Oliver Twisted be the world's salvation, or its downfall?!

Mash Ups and More Update - Children's Paranormal Parodies - September 17, 2011

While wandering through Barnes & Noble Wednesday morning, I came across Goodnight Goon and started to wonder what other paranormal parodies were out there for children. Halloween is next month after all.


Goodnight Goon: A Petrifying Parody
Author & Illustrator:  Michael Rex
Format:  Hardcover, 32 pages
Publisher:  Putnam Juvenile (Aug 14, 2008)
Price:  $14.99
Language:  English
ISBN9780399245343

Mash Ups and More Update - Children's Paranormal Parodies - September 17, 2011
Goodnight monsters everywhere, in this parody romp with its own special twist!

Goodnight tomb. Goodnight goon. Goodnight Martians taking over the moon.

It’s bedtime in the cold gray tomb with a black lagoon, and two slimy claws, and a couple of jaws, and a skull and a shoe and a pot full of goo. But as a little werewolf settles down, in comes the Goon determined at all costs to run amok and not let any monster have his rest.

A beloved classic gets a kind-hearted send up in this utterly monsterized parody; energetic art and a hilarious text will have kids begging to read this again and again.


The Runaway Mummy: A Petrifying Parody
Author & Illustrator:  Michael Rex
Format:  Hardcover, 32 pages
Publisher:   Putnam Juvenile (August 20, 2009)
Price:  $15.99
Language:  English
ISBN:  978-0399252037

Mash Ups and More Update - Children's Paranormal Parodies - September 17, 2011
Once there was a little mummy who wanted to run away. "If you run away," said Mother Mummy, "I will get you! For you are my rotten little mummy!"

A little mummy transforms into a series of incredible monsters in order to run away and assert his independence. His mother keeps coming to "get" him, but this little mummy has a mind of his own. Filled with uproarious illustrations, another beloved classic gets a kind-hearted send-up in this utterly monsterized parody. Ener getic art and a hilarious text will have kids begging to read this again and again.


Diary of a Zombie Kid
Authors:  Fred Perry and David Hutchison
Format:  Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher:  Antarctic Press (August 16, 2011)
Price:  $15.95
Language:  English
ISBN: 978-0983182337

Mash Ups and More Update - Children's Paranormal Parodies - September 17, 2011
Middle school is horrific enough for any 6th grader's first day. But for Bill Stokes, it's a festering, rotting, undead nightmare. Since Bill's deadbeat dad got arrested trying to burn the house down for the insurance, Mom's had to make ends meet by volunteering to various medical research companies for cash. This would be fine if she hadn't brought home a mysterious zombie virus! Now Bill has to deal with skin problems and body chemistry changes that make puberty look like a walk in the park!


Where the Deep Ones Are
Author:  Kenneth Hite
Illustration:  Andy Hopp
Format:  Hardcover, 32 pages
Publisher:  Atlas Games (August 2008)
Price:  $19.95
Language:  English
ISBN:   978-1589781030

Mash Ups and More Update - Children's Paranormal Parodies - September 17, 2011
"The Deep Ones croaked their terrible croaks
and smacked their terrible lips
and rolled their terrible eyes
and waved their terrible flippers"

Renowned Mythos aficionado Ken Hite retells H P Lovecraft's "The Shadow Over Innsmouth" in this parody of classic children's literature.

After greedily yelling for more fish, young Bobby is sent to his bedroom without any supper at all. But Bobby escapes when the Manuxet River runs right through his room, carrying an old boat that takes him to a magical town full of fish and slimier things ... the town of Innsmouth. Will Bobby join the wild rumpus under the sea, and be crowned the most Deep One of all?

Where the Deep Ones Are features 32 pages of full-color illustration by Andy Hopp, and is sure to be a hit with the newest generation of Lovecraft fans and their parents. The first in the Mini Mythos series.
You can download and/or print a free Deep Ones coloring book in PDF format here:
http://www.atlas-games.com/pdf_storage/DeepOnesColoring.pdf 



Let me know in the comments if there are other paranormal parodies for children and I'll add them to the post.

Mash Ups and More Update - Mr. Darcy's Bite - August 20, 2011

A new Jane Austen alternate will be hitting the shelves on September 30, 2011 - Mr. Darcy's Bite by Mary Lydon Simonsen.

Mash Ups and More Update - Mr. Darcy's Bite - August 20, 2011
Mr. Darcy has a secret...

Darcy is acting rather oddly. After months of courting Elizabeth Bennet, no offer of marriage is forthcoming and Elizabeth is first impatient, then increasingly frightened. For there is no denying that the full moon seems to be affecting his behavior, and Elizabeth’s love is going to be tested in ways she never dreamed...

Darcy has more than family pride to protect: others of his kind are being hunted all over England and a member of Darcy’s pack is facing a crisis in Scotland. It will take all of Elizabeth’s faith, courage, and ingenuity to overcome her prejudice and join Darcy in a Regency world she never knew existed.

Trade Paperback
978-1-4022-5077-4
352 pages, $14.99
Sourcebooks

Mash Ups and More Update - Grave Expectations - July 23, 2011

Another Dickens mash up is coming in late August - Grave Expectations.

Mash Ups and More Update - Grave Expectations - July 23, 2011
Heaven knows, we need never be ashamed of our wolfish cravings. . . .

Bristly, sensitive, and meat-hungry Pip is a robust young whelp, an orphan born under a full moon. Between hunting escaped convicts alongside zombified soldiers, trying not to become one of the hunted himself, and hiding his hairy hands from the supernaturally beautiful and haughty Estella, whose devilish moods keep him chomping at the bit, Pip is sure he will die penniless or a convict like the rest of his commonly uncommon kind.

But then a mysterious benefactor sends him to London for the finest werewolf education money can buy. In the company of other furry young gentlemen, Pip tempers his violent transformations and devours the secrets of his dark world. When he discovers that his beloved Estella is a slayer of supernatural creatures, trained by the corpse-like vampire Miss Havisham, Pip's desire for her grows stronger than his midnight hunger for rare fresh beef. But can he risk his hide for a truth that will make Estella his forever—or will she drive one last silver stake through his heart?


Trade Paperback
9781451617245
400 pages, $15.00

Sherri Browning Erwin has also written Jayne Slayre (Gallery, April 13 2010), a Charlotte Bronte mash-up.

Mash Ups and More Update - The Twilight of Lake Woebeggotten - July 16, 2011

Harrison Geillor is at it again with a new mash-up that will be published by Night Shade Books in October 2011: The Twilight of Lake Woebeggotten.

Mash Ups and More Update - The Twilight of Lake Woebeggotten - July 16, 2011
A small town... a plucky heroine, a shiny vampire, and a hunkey Native American rival with a secret. But all is not as it seems in Lake Woebegotten. Let Harrison Geillor reveal what lies beneath the seemingly placid surface. You'll Laugh. We promise.
When Bonnie Grayduck relocates from sunny Santa Cruz California to the small town of Lake Woebegotten, Minnesota, to live with her estranged father, chief of the local two-man police department, she thinks she's leaving her troubles behind. But she soon becomes fascinated by another student -- the brooding, beautiful Edwin Scullen, whose reclusive family hides a terrible secret. (Psst: they're actually vampires. But they're the kind who don't eat people, so it's okay.) Once Bonnie realizes what her new lover really is, she isn't afraid. Instead, she sees potential. Because while Bonnie seems to her friends and family to be an ordinary, slightly clumsy, easily-distracted girl, she's really manipulative, calculating, power hungry, and not above committing murder to get her way -- or even just to amuse herself. This is a love story about monsters... but the vampire isn't the monster.

Trade paperback
978-1-59780-284-0
300 pages - $14.99

Harrison has also written The Zombies of Lake Woebegotten (Night Shade Books, Sept. 2010).

Mash Ups and More Update - A Vampire Christmas Carol - May 22, 2011

Looking for a Mash Up for the holidays? A Vampire Christmas Carol: Ebenezer Scrooge, Vampire Slayer may be just the thing.

Mash Ups and More Update - A Vampire Christmas Carol - May 22, 2011

Ebenezer Scrooge may be a miser, but he’s never actually sucked someone’s blood. But unbeknownst to Scrooge, vampires have dogged his footsteps since he was born, using him to prevent a prophecy that would create the greatest slayer the world has ever seen.

Now, on Christmas Eve, Scrooge’s old friend Jacob Marley rises from the grave to warn him about the gathering evil. With three spirits to guide him, he rediscovers his lost love, Belle seamstress by day and vampire hunter by night. He sees the secrets of his nephew Fred and his clerk, Bob Cratchit, Belle’s loyal soldiers. And he learns of the plot mounting to attack all of them, starting with the sacrifice of Bob’s son Tiny Tim…

A Vampire Christmas Carol is written by Sarah Gray (who also wrote Wuthering Bites). It will be available in October 2011.
Mash Ups and More Update - May 17, 2014Mash Ups and More Update - William Shakespeare's Star WarsMash Ups and More Update - My Favorite FangsMash Ups and More Update - Pride and Platypus: Mr. Darcy's Dreadful SecretMash Ups and More Update - Oliver Twisted - February 8, 2012Mash Ups and More Update - Children's Paranormal Parodies - September 17, 2011Mash Ups and More Update - Mr. Darcy's Bite - August 20, 2011Mash Ups and More Update - Grave Expectations - July 23, 2011Mash Ups and More Update - The Twilight of Lake Woebeggotten - July 16, 2011Mash Ups and More Update - A Vampire Christmas Carol - May 22, 2011

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