DAWN OF THE DREADFULS
Hockensmith takes a concept that could have been terrible -- the backstory
of the Bennet girls learning to fight the undead, setting the stage for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies -- and turns it into a gory and gross, wonderful and clever tale. He nails Austen's beloved characters and will have you cringing and giggling right through the blood-soaked end. A true delight, really.
The Dreadfuls have returned, and with them Mr. Bennet's desire to train his daughters in the art of combat. Summoning a master, the girls must turn from their genteel ways and corsets and learn instead to sit crossed-legged and behead zombies. Those in town are of course scandalized, but the appearance of more monsters, plus the patronage of a most dubious nobleman — who's more interested in shooting lascivious glances at Jane than helping the townspeople — may just save the Bennet family name yet. (QUIRK, Apr., 320 pp., $12.95)