|Seth Grahame-Smith is sometimes called the "king of the mash-up," for his ability to merge two ostensibly incompatible literary styles into a seamless--and humorous--whole. That talent first became apparent to readers with his 2005 bestseller, PRIDE AND PREDJUDICE AND ZOMBIES, which found Elizabeth Bennett battling the undead alongside Mr. Darcy. "I expected to be burnt at the stake; even to me it seemed slightly sacrilegious to rework one of the English language's greatest authors, but Austen lovers seem to have embraced it," Grahame-Smith told one interviewer. "I've had a lot of them tell me it's a great way to bring people into the Austen tent." Grahame-Smith is the pen name of Seth Jared Greenberg, who was born in New York State and raised in Connecticut. His mother was an editor, and his father was a bookstore owner who collected horror and science-fiction paperbacks; some 5,000 volumes filled the family basement. Upon earning a degree in film from Emerson College in 1998, Grahame-Smith worked briefly in television development before embarking on a writing career. He has said, "I'm not out to write the great American novel. I'm out to entertain the hell out of a reader to pull them through book mercilessly with these big bombastic characters and sequences." In addition to his books, Grahame-Smith has penned an MTV comedy series called THE HARD TIMES OF RJ BERGER and has contributed to screenplays for both PRIDE AND PREDJUDICE AND ZOMBIES and ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER.