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Well, ballets could be subjected to this kind of stitching together of incompatibles, too.

I'm not familiar with recent trends in horror, but I can imagine -- from an older-fashioned perspective -- Rothbart as the Terminator. Myrthe as Queen of the Vampires. A homicidal maniac running amok in the jardin anime. Juliet awakening in the tomb to discover that she has being pursued by the characters from The Night of the Living Dead. Baroque court dancers wandering into a slasher movie.

I can also imagine trendy critics praising such works for edginess and daring -- as witty cultural commentaries -- or even as homages to long-dead classics. :)

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Thanks for the link, PeggyR. A quote:

A book called “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” credited to Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith and published by Quirk Books, will combine the Austen novel with “all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie action.”

Fine by me. I'm sort of Austened out for the moment (although "Becoming Jane" was better than I expected).

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Great illustration. What does that image of the skull beneath the face remind me of? It's a serious work of art, but it's hovering on the edge of my memory.

Someone with a great sense of humor wrote the descriptive blurb:

Jane Austen is the author of Sense and Sensibility, Persuasion, Mansfield Park, and other masterpieces of English literature.

Seth Grahame-Smith is the author of How to Survive a Horror Movie and The Big Book of Porn. He lives in Los Angeles.

Come to think of it, there IS a close connection to the gothic horror fascination -- novels, art -- of the generation in which Austen grew up.

Here's Henry Fuseli's 1782 painting, The Nightmare:


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Yes. The genre had a long life, beginning several decades before Austen's birth. By the time she got around to Northanger Abbey, it was pretty much dead -- at least as far as serious fiction was concerned.

Could that book jacket illustration contain a reference to Francis Bacon? Here's something similar, though not the one I'm thinking of:


Or this:


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