Mrs Darcy versus the Aliens, new mashup out next month

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26th August 2011 03:45 PM

Kerry Butters

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The latest in classic and horror mashup novels is to be released at the beginning of next month by Proxima.

Mrs Darcy versus the Aliens by Jonathan Pinnock is a ‘sequel’ to Pride and Prejudice set a year or so into the marriage of Elizabeth and Mr Darcy.

Elizabeth Darcy has much on her mind: she has still not produced an heir for Mr Darcy, there are preparations to be made for the Pemberly summer ball, and her youngest sister Lydia has been abducted by aliens.

As Regency England sleepwalks towards tentacled oblivion, will she be able to reunite with her old foe Wickham and put a stop to their evil plans?

Meanwhile, in the East End of London, the repulsive Mr Collins is running a Mission for fallen women whilst his poor wife Charlotte has fallen under the malign spell of Lord Byron and is now a laudanum addict.

But is everything at the Mission all that it seems? What is Mr Darcy doing there? And why are there strange lights in the sky over Lady Catherine de Bourgh’s seat at Rosings?

Excerpt from chapter one:

“‘I … I have been giving some thought to another pressing matter,’ said Mr Darcy. He seemed reluctant to elucidate.

‘Go on,’ Elizabeth urged him.

‘As you will be aware,’ he continued, ‘my estate is worth in excess of ten thousand pounds a year,. It is therefore incumbent on me, now that I have a wife, to consider … to consider … the question of succession.’

‘Meaning?’ said Elizabeth, raising one eyebrow.

‘Meaning I wish to … I wish to … re-open the question of an heir.’

Elizabeth considered this for a moment or two. ‘My dear Fitzy, I would be very happy to assist in this. Although, from what I understand, the procedure would of necessity require both of us to be involved – indeed, that both of us should be in considerable proximity to each other for the duration of the procedure. And if you intend to be in London for the foreseeable future, this would seem to pose an insurmountable barrier to such a conception.’”

Mrs Darcy versus the Aliens is a slightly demented sequel to Pride and Prejudice, although it has been described more accurately as “not so much Pride and Prejudice’s sequel as its ******* offspring following a drunken one-night stand with the X-Files.”

It was originally serialised, starting — quite by chance — on Jane Austen’s birthday in 2009 and running for a year thereafter. Much to the author’s surprise and delight, it was picked up by Proxima Books, an imprint of Salt Publishing, just over a month before its run ended.

About the author:

Jonathan Pinnock was born in Bedford, England. After reading Mathematics at Clare College, Cambridge, he drifted into the world of software and has remained there ever since. He has written one book on software development and co-authored a further dozen.

In the last few years he has turned to writing fiction and poetry and has won a number of prizes and has had work read on BBC Radio 4. Mrs Darcy versus the Aliens is his first full-length novel.

He is married with two slightly grown-up children and a 1961 Ami Continental jukebox.

Praise for the novel:

“Jane Austen meets H G Wells. No she doesn’t. Jane Austen smokes weed and meets John Wyndham on speed. Perhaps… But whoever she meets, Jonathan Pinnock conducts – and has created one of the funniest, cleverest books I have ever read. I’m serious. This book isn’t. But it IS seriously good.”

Vanessa Gebbie, author of “Words from a Glass Bubble” and “Storm Warning” (both published by Salt Publishing) and “The Coward’s Tale” (to be published by Bloomsbury UK in November 2011)

“This book is much funnier than the original, and it has more monsters. I laughed like a mentalist.” Scott Pack, publishing industry guru.

Mrs Darcy versus the Aliens will be launched at the end of September 2011 at FantasyCon in Brighton. From the beginning of September, it will be available as a paperback in all good bookshops.

Paperback: 244 pages
Publisher: Proxima (1 Sep 2011)
Language English
ISBN-10: 1907773134
ISBN-13: 978-1907773136
 

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