Book group and horror club meeting on the same night? Here's the novel ...

Are you a fan of the biting social commentary and masterful irony of Jane Austen?

Ever wish she and Dawn of the Dead creator George A. Romero could have teamed up to bring one of her stories to the big screen?

Well, you'll have to wait a bit for that, but in the meantime, we have the next best thing:

Quirk Books' upcoming Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, billed as "the classic Regency romance—now with ultraviolent zombie mayhem!" It's due April 15.

The book is a posthumous—natch—collaboration between Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith, the gentlemanly author of How to Survive a Horror Movie and The Big Book of Porn.

Here's how Quirk describes the book: "[It] features the original text of Jane Austen's beloved novel with all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie action. 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 as Elizabeth wages war against hordes of flesh-eating undead. Complete with 20 illustrations in the style of C.E. Brock (the original illustrator of Pride and Prejudice), this insanely funny expanded edition will introduce Jane Austen's classic novel to new legions of fans."

Now if we could just get that vampire musical version of Sense and Sensibility set in a shopping mall ...

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