Seth Grahame-Smith (aka Seth Jared Greenberg – why would you give yourself a hyphenated name on purpose?) has written Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies so far, and if you think he’s abandoning his gimmick just because everyone else is also cashing in on it now too (see also: Snow White & The Huntsman, Little Red Riding Hood with werewolves, Edgar Allen Poe: Murder Detective, Swordfighting Shakespeare, etc., etc., etc.), you’d be wrong. As his recent interview in The Hollywood Reporter begins:
Mash-up king Seth Grahame-Smith’s new novel Unholy Night re-imagines the story of the Three Wise Men of the Nativity as a swords-and-sandals adventure romp.
It turns Balthazar, one of the Wise Men, into a swashbuckling thief, who ends up helping Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus escape the clutches of Pontius Pilate, while encountering supernatural things along the way.
YOU STOP THAT, HAND! DON’T YOU START DISMISSIVELY WANKING ON ME NOW, WE’VE STILL GOT WORK TO DO!
But it turns out, adding werewolves and zombies and vampires and Predator and the duppie (DA DUPPIE!) to old stories isn’t all he’s been up to (sidenote: come on man, the bible already has lepers, a talking bush, and the Jewish aquaman who can manifest booze and fish sandwiches, does it really need MORE supernatural?). Turns out he’s also a scriptwriter. Having already worked with Tim Burton on Dark Shadows, he’s also got a stop-motion animated project called Night of the Living and a Beetlejuice sequel, both for Burton.