"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.Read more ›
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.
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.