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Classics Mutilated [Kindle Edition]

Joe R. Lansdale , Nancy Collins , Mike Resnick , Kristine Rusch , Chris Ryall , Thomas Tessier , Marc Laidlaw , Rio Youers and Menton Matthews III , Craig Yoe
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Book Description

CLASSICS MUTILATED presents fifteen stories of “Ctrl-Alt-Lit” -- IDW’s take on the “mash-up” and “Monster Lit” movements. Includes two extra stories not found in the print version!

"Mash-up" and "Monster Lit" are two publishing phenomena that apply “genre blending” techniques to literature and cultural icons, both old and new, while adding a heaping dose of classic “what if” concepts from old school comic books (ie: “What if Conan and Wolverine traded places?”). CLASSICS MUTILATED remixes these trends into its own unique Ctrl-Alt-Lit brand of genre-blending. The entertaining results of these literary experiments – the best this new genre has to offer – are presented in this distinctive, fully illustrated collection.

The stories encompass fantasy, science fiction, and horror settings, and feature such match-ups as Snow White vs Alice in Wonderland, Jim Morrison vs Edgar Alan Poe, Sid Vicious vs Voodoo, Billy the Kid vs Dr. Frankenstein, and Sen. Joseph McCarthy vs Killer Frogs. Mashed up books and authors include Mark Twain, HP Lovecraft, Emily Dickinson, Jim Morrison, Little Women, H.P. Lovecraft, Anne of Green Gables (reconceived as “Anne-droid of Green Gables”), H.G. Wells, and Uncle Remus.

The literary DJs responsible include such celebrated wordslingers as Joe R. Lansdale, John Shirley, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Nancy Collins, Marc Laidlaw, Rio Youers, Mark Morris, Rick Hautala, and Thomas Tessier.

This collection includes two additional stories exclusive to the eBook edition (at no extra cost). The two tales – over 30,000 words of bonus content – are by multiple Hugo award winner Mike Resnick, and noted thriller scribe Tom Piccirilli.

All in all, CLASSICS MUTILATED is a fun and rewarding read that successfully saves the gimmicky “Monster Lit” fad from itself through the radical notion of using truly talented writers to do what they do best, namely tell compelling stories no matter what the circumstances.

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About the Author

Jeff Conner is a contributing editor for IDW Publishing and a World Fantasy Award Nominee.     

Product Details

  • File Size: 7767 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing (October 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0047O2O4U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,044,910 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Be Afraid of the Monster Mashup January 14, 2011
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"Classsics Mutilated" is an anthology of 13 short stories that takes some literary classics and mashes them up with a twist of horror, that crosses genres, characters and the lines between them.

Mutilated is kind of a misnomer for these stories, there's nothing mutilated or even stitched together about these stories. They're more a fusion of genres that enhances the originals. Like alternate histories in writing a good mashup you have to have a good command of the material, balanced with a respect for the original while maintaining a sense of the irreverent about it. Hopefully, the new story, besides being entertaining will also provide a better understanding or insight into the original, and these are well written stories.

Some of the standout stories for me were:
"Death Stopped for Miss Dickinson," which takes the literary assessment of Emily Dickinson courting death in her poetry from the figurative into the literal. Kristine Kathryn Rusch writes a story that takes the fine lacey poetics of Dickinson and creates a story worthy of Dickinson.

"Quoth The Rock Star" has Jim Morrison entering the world of Edgar Allan Poe and "The Raven" as they battle it out for possession of a soul. The author of "Quoth," Rio Youers, writes one of the best descriptions of a Doors concert I've ever read. Youers interlaces Morrison's lyrics into the prose to create effect, tone and even real power in using Morrison's motif's and imagery in the telling of the story and will give Doors fans a rush of recognition.

In "From Hell's Heart" Nancy Collins has Captain Ahab from Moby Dick fused with H.P. Lovecraft.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Masters' Mix-Master December 11, 2010
Forget the overhyped and underwritten Jane Austin Zombies and their copycat Hi Lit-Pop Cult instabooks. Editor Conner somehow cajoled some of the best Genre writers out there to leap in and have a stab (often literal) at revisioning their favorite classics of literature through the twisted lens of post-modern Horror. The results are terrifying and hilarious and sometimes both. Genius-Madman Joe Landsdale's Ctuhulu-oid take on Huck Finn is alone worth twice the cover price. And the illustrations are delicious icing on the cake. Sure, not every story in the book is perfect (anthologies are always a grab bag) but this has a hugely high percentage of winners and the result is some of the best fun I've had from a book since I was 12 - in fact, in the best possible sense, it made me feel like I was 12 again discovering Horror fiction, and great literature, and not minding the gap. I hope this is the first in a series, cause there's so many other current genre writers whose takes on the classics I'd love to read. Kudos to IDW and editor Conner for this raucous, bloody feast.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Literary Mash Up February 1, 2013
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This book is fantastic. It does a great of taking literary classics and mixing them with the sci-fi and horror genre. Little Women becomes Little Women in Black and Huckleberry Fin and Jim take a trip to Dread Island where animals walk upright, talk, wear clothes, hunt and eat people, and worship an inter-dimensional demon. I think a person who loves classic literature can appreciate how the authors remain true to the original characters from the classic stories but create an entirely new story for this day and time. I think Sci-Fi and horror fans and younger readers may want to read the classic works, if they have not before, after reading these stories. Good book. I recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mashup done right March 8, 2011
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An awesome array of stories. Usually in a short story collection there's a lot of hit or miss stories but for me every one of them was great. Some were better than others but all of them were way better than P&P&Z. In that the added parts did not blend well for me and it sounded fake. In the stories in this book where they added their own text to a classic it blended seamlessly. The standout stories for me were: Death Stopped for Ms. Dickinson (very eerie and beautifully written, that is definitely an author I'll be looking for more of), Little Al and Big El had me laughing out loud, Dread Island (I'm a sucker for anything Lovecraft), Little Women in Black, and Benediction. I actually liked AnneDroid of Green Gables also though I didn't think I would. I might have liked Twilight of the Gods better but I've never read that piece of dreck Twilight so I don't really know what was taken from it but it was pretty funny. I also sincerely loved Mirror,Mirror. Nothing like a fairytale catfight to brighten up the day. The only issues I had with it reading it on the Kindle were the stories Benediction and Little Al and Big El were swapped around so that Benediction was under Little Al's title and vice-versa, so I was momentarily confused. All in all an excellent book and I can't wait for a Classics Mutilated 2.
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