Well, after the runaway success of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and the Internet sensation that was Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, it was only a matter of time before the bigger publishing houses jumped into the monster mashup genre, too. Del Ray Books just picked up the rights to Porter Grand’s attempt at crossing classic literature with monsters, a little book called Little Women and Werewolves. Seriously.
This phenomenon won’t end until, well… maybe not ever. After all, you’re taking a public domain book, paying some hack to throw in some monsters of some sort, and you can resell it at a premium to an army of ironic English majors like myself and the massive audience of paranormal fiction readers. It’s not a bad thing, per se. It’s just starting to get a little tired. So long as they mine the back catalogue for weird monsters and keep picking books everyone knows, I imagine people will keep reading. Bring on Uncle Tom’s Kraken, Canterbury Tales from the Crypt, and all the other great suggestions from io9′s comment thread!