Unholy Night (Hardcover)
|Author: Seth Grahame-Smith|
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From the author of the New York Times bestselling Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, comes UNHOLY NIGHT, the next evolution in dark historical revisionism.
They're an iconic part of history's most celebrated birth. But what do we really know about the Three Kings of the Nativity, besides the fact that they followed a star to Bethlehem bearing strange gifts? The Bible has little to say about this enigmatic trio. But leave it to Seth Grahame-Smith, the brilliant and twisted mind behind Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies to take a little mystery, bend a little history, and weave an epic tale.
In Grahame-Smith's telling, the so-called "Three Wise Men" are infamous thieves, led by the dark, murderous Balthazar. After a daring escape from Herod's prison, they stumble upon the famous manger and its newborn king. The last thing Balthazar needs is to be slowed down by young Joseph, Mary and their infant. But when Herod's men begin to slaughter the first born in Judea, he has no choice but to help them escape to Egypt.
It's the beginning of an adventure that will see them fight the last magical creatures of the Old Testament; cross paths with biblical figures like Pontius Pilate and John the Baptist; and finally deliver them to Egypt. It may just be the greatest story never told.
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.
"Grahame-Smith takes his history seriously, using it to add texture and realism before releasing the craziness." - Anthony Breznican 04/13/2012 "[A] quick and efficient read with clearly drawn conflicts, narrow escapes and . . . satisfying comeuppances." - Kevin Nance 04/11/2012