Seth Grahame-Smith sticks with the dark themes with new novel ‘Unholy Night’

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A few years ago, this particular scribe started getting into some seriously deconstructed English literature. It all began with a novel by author Seth Grahame-Smith called Pride And Prejudice And Zombies. Grahame-Smith did a superb job of taking a sacred literary icon and turning it on its head, introducing ghouls into the narrative. The writing still clung to some of Jane Austen’s aesthetics of hoighty-toightyness (I know, but I’m spelling it that way) with a major injection of action otherwise reserved for sci-fi, horror and graphic novels. In short, Pride And Prejudice And Zombies sat gorgeously warped between the releases of cinema’s Twilight series and television’s True Blood, with zombies, naturally, stealing the attention away from vamps for a moment.

Now Grahame-Smith has unleased the taboo of taboos, a deconstructed version of several scenes from the Bible. His dark revisionist take on the Nativity, onward, in a superb new novel titled Unholy Night will have readers wondering about the real ‘Truth’. In his version of events, the ‘Three Wise Men’, for example, are notorious thieves who have escaped Herod’s prison and stumble upon the famous manger and its newborn king. ‘Sacrilege’ is hardly the word for it…

For conservatives out there, place your principles on the shelf for a moment amongst the literary greats and consider a ‘what if?’ scenario – if you dare to read this. For lovers of postmodernist literature, I’m sure you’re as sold as I have been. A fantastical, fun and fascinating read.


Unholy Night is published through Arena / Allen & Unwin, RRP $24.99.

Courtesy of the publisher, Cream has 6 copies of the book to give away to readers. Simply email your name, address and the Subject heading ‘Unholy Night’ to no later than 5pm, Friday 13 July (a fitting deadline date, wouldn’t you agree?). Remember, you can enter as many times as you like but only one entry per day, thanks.