CLASSICS MUTILATED is IDW’s response to the so-called “Monster Lit” trend in mainstream publishing (you know, take a beloved literary classic, preferable by Jane Austin or Emily Bronte, and add monsters to it). We call our version “Ctrl-Alt-Lit”, which incorporates mashup techniques to create fresh and unqiue genre-blending fiction. By using the short story format and a selection of diverse authors, CLASSICS MUTILATED not only rescues Monster Lit from its own built-in one-joke obsolescence (where the book’s title tells the entire story), but also re-energizes the field, creating its own genre.
It’s not parody or satire, but way bent fiction done totally straight by some of the brightest talents on the scene, such as Joe R. Lansdale, John Shirley, Nancy Collins, Mike Resnick, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Thomas Tessier, Marc Laidlaw, John Skipp & Cody Goodfellow, and Rio Youers.
Notable characters include Snow White, Huck Finn, Capt. Ahab, Sid Vicious, Billy the Kid, Emily Dickinson, Jim Morrison, Edgar Allan Poe, Loki, and Albert Einstein & Eleanor Roosevelt. Some of the featured authors/and or literary works found in these mashups are Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, Anne of Green Gables, Legends of Asgard, H.G. Wells, Frankenstein, and more. All transformed in ways the mainstream could never imagine, or get away with.
Every story appears here for the first time; each one written specifically for this collection. “Dread Island,” a masterful new novella by Joe R. Lansdale, anchors the collection. Note: the print version features 13 stories, the eBook has two extra tales, over 30,000 more words!