Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter. Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters. Literary mash-ups are all the rage right now, and for very good reason. They take a story we know and love, then give it a new and exciting spin. We're big fans of these books here at The MindHut, but we couldn't help but think there are some untapped gems out there that would benefit from horror-ification. Here are four of our suggestions - publishers, take note.
The Great Gatsby, Zombie Hunter
In The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby, bootlegger extraordinaire, is obsessed with his former love, Daisy Buchanan, who married another man while he was serving in the war. But what if, instead of a bootlegger, Jay was a secret ZOMBIE HUNTER? And Daisy married another man because he had to venture overseas to track down zombies? And what if, now, he's come back, not because he's obsessed with her and wants her back, but because zombies have eaten Daisy's brains (after all, it's hard to argue she has much of one to begin with) and he has to avenge her? Epicness.
Catcher in the Rye: Aliens Edition
Think about it. Holden Caulfield left his prep school in Philadelphia because he got kicked out, but what was the real reason? Could it be because of the aliens that inhabit his school, which was their beachhead for their eventual invasion of earth? He's sick of the phonies, but what if phonies are actually aliens that take over the bodies of humans and turn them into some sort of fake person without a personality? Now that would be a phony. While Holden's underground in New York, before he heads home, perhaps he meets some sort of government agent who knows what the aliens are planning and wants his expertise, since he was able to recognize them. The possibilities are ENDLESS.
The Old Man and the Sea: An Origin Story
An old fisherman sets out on his boat for an epic battle with a huge fish. Doesn't this sound like the perfect superhero origin story? He's alone, battling with his wits (and a mighty fish). The fish bites the old man, and all of a sudden, he becomes a young man, perhaps with enhanced eyesight and super strength. He falls out of the boat and finds that he can breathe underwater and decides to save the United States from evil nuclear submarines. Okay, so maybe the storyline needs work. You have to admit, it makes more sense than Spider-Man 3!
Henry VIII, Hulk-Style
We've all heard of the notorious king of England who is most famous for, of all things, having six wives. When one didn't live up to his expectations, he simply got rid of them. For his first and fourth wives, Katherine of Aragon and Anne of Cleves, he basically declared he was no longer married to them, and that was that. (Okay, it was a little more complicated than that, but we digress). For his second and fourth, Anne Boleyn and Katherine Howard, he lopped off their pretty little heads. People have speculated endlessly about why Henry treated his wives so badly, but there's one possibility they definitely haven't considered. What if he was the sixteenth-century equivalent of The Hulk? He could have transformed against his will into a scary, wife-dispatching machine. If you're married to Henry VIII, don't make him angry. You won't like him when he's angry.
What books would you like to see blended with the horror genre?