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Classics Mutilated

3.5  ·  Rating Details ·  171 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
All-new versions of your favorite tales

Classics Mutilated is IDW’s response to the so-called “Monster Lit” trend in mainstream publishing, which takes a beloved literary classic and adds monsters to it. We call our version “Ctrl-Alt-Lit,” which incorporates mash-up techniques in the creation of fresh and unique genre-blending fiction. By using the short story format and a
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Published (first published October 20th 2010)
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mark monday

Take a collection of mash-up stories featuring various classics, mutilated and then sewn back together. Now pit those stories against each other. A mash-up of mash-ups.



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First up is the sepulchral Emily Dickinson versus the infernal Joe McCarthy. Kristine Rusch’s “Death Stopped for Miss Dickinson” tells a melancholy tale of Emily’s ill-fated romance with the Grim Reaper; Thomas Tessier’s “The Green Menace” finds the evil senator engaged in the good fight against a h
Michael Fierce
Jan 15, 2012 Michael Fierce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cthulhu worshippers, fans of genre mashups

One of many recent books that are part of a new style of genre fiction called, CTRL-ALT-LIT, which is basically, genre-mashup fiction.

An incredibly cool, put-together anthology with new spins on classic stories and characters you should well know.

From Alice In Wonderland, to Snow White, to Huckleberry Finn vs. Cthulhu, to Captain Ahab vs. the Wendigo, to Billy the Kid vs. Frankenstein, you meet up with a lot of familiar faces in memorable locations on some very strange and different adventures
Apr 08, 2011 Marvin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Taking its cue from "Monster Lit", those faddish take-offs like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Classics Mutilated is a collection of 13 stories that combine different genres, literary classics, and fictional or historical characters. Yet these tales, dubbed"'CTRL-ALT-LIT" by editor Jeff Connor owes most of its zing to the computer age, noticeably the technique of the 'Mash-up"; the mixing together of two or more songs or videos into a new whole. The various authors in this collection are given ...more
Jun 30, 2012 Bill rated it really liked it
This is an excellent collection of a form of twisted pastiches -- things that take literary excerpts and retell the stories in new ways, with elements added of the supernatural, horror, or suspense. Crafted poorly, such stories can be painful and amateurish -- done well, they are compelling and bring new appreciation to the original work. Classics Mutilated is overwhelmingly well done.

The anchor story is form Joe Lansdale, taking Huck Finn down a much darker river, one which intersects with Uncl
Jim Cherry
Jan 14, 2011 Jim Cherry rated it it was amazing
“Classsics Mutilated” is an anthology of 13 short stories that takes some literary classics and mashes them up with a twist of horror, that crosses genres, characters and the lines between them.

Mutilated is kind of a misnomer for these stories, there’s nothing mutilated or even stitched together about these stories. They’re more a fusion of genres that enhances the originals. Like alternate histories in writing a good mashup you have to have a good command of the material, balanced with a respec
Nesa Sivagnanam
Jul 28, 2011 Nesa Sivagnanam rated it really liked it
In Nancy A. Collins’ “From Hell’s Heart,” Captain Ahab’s journey takes place right after the ending of Herman Melville’s novel. With the destruction of the Pequod, Ahab realises the error of his ways. He suddenly finds himself in hell, punished for the reckless deaths of his shipmates. For a chance at redemption, Ahab makes a deal with the devil to become a monster hunter in order to win his soul back.

Lezli Robyn’s “Anne-droid of Green Gables” is my absolute favourite, not because I cried but be
Apr 09, 2012 Ray rated it really liked it
There were one or two stories that I had to struggle to get trough, but overall an excellent collection. There were so many well written and very interesting twists on the classics in here that I couldn't put the book down. I will give my thoughts on a couple of them.

Fairest of Them All by Sean Taylor- This story was very well written, and I loved the fact that he combined all of the classic females into one story and even made them "sisters". Outstanding story.

Twilight of the Gods by Chris Ryal
Aug 29, 2011 Dwayne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book for the Mythos aspects of some of the stories. Overall a great read, but it did have a few stories that were hit and miss. They offer this book now in 4 mini-books. Huck Finn, Captain Ahab and the Snow white stories were my favorite.
This is an interesting collection of short horror stories. I enjoyed most of them, my favorite in the bunch is From Hell's Heart, though The Fairest of Them All is a close second. I could see those two working as full sized novels.
Feb 20, 2011 Kimmyh rated it really liked it
Great mix of stories, featuring Mash-Ups of not only books, but some movies as well. Awesome Illustrations as well.
David Barbee
Nov 10, 2011 David Barbee rated it it was amazing
Favorites: Anne-Droid of Green Gables, From The Heart of Hell, Frankenbilly, The Happiest Hell on Earth, and of course Dream Island
Burke Burke
Nov 02, 2010 Burke Burke rated it really liked it
Was a super fun read
May 01, 2017 Jien rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I would definitely recommend not reading this. It is fanfiction, and much as poorly written as what can be often found online. Many of the stories sound forced, mashing characters together with graphene-thin plotlines instead of thoughtfully juxtaposing interesting ideas. I guess it's my fault for ignoring the title, these stories are indeed mutilated.

The Fairest of Them All - While I appreciated some depth and detail to the Snow White story, I really think Alice in Wonderland (& Alice Throu
Lindsey Duncan
This is an anthology of mash-up fiction: where two works of literature meet, or a historical figure meets a mythological one, or ... it's a great concept, rife with ideas even with the restrictions of the public domain. Unfortunately, it also gets three stars from me solely for three stories, each of which were excellent: Anne-Droid of Green Gables (Lezli Robyn), Death Stopped For Miss Dickinson (Kristine Kathryn Rusch) and Twilight of the Gods (Chris Ryall). The rest of the stories, for me, ran ...more
Dec 27, 2010 Wendy rated it did not like it
I think my hopes were a little too high going into this one. I expected crazy hilarity to abound, but it didn't really hit the mark for me. I love the ideas and interesting mash-ups, but the writing quality is generally poor, and I couldn't get past that. (Really the moment it completely lost me was in "Anne-droid of Green Gables" when the author wrote that Marilla and Matthew were married. No, they weren't. They were brother and sister. Be more respectful of your original sources, please. That' ...more
May 21, 2014 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Julie by: Terry
There's perhaps a little bit here for everyone. A wide range of stories. Some I definitely didn't care for at all and some I liked quite a bit. Alice vs. Snow White was very clever. I should hate "Twilight of the Gods" but it was a somewhat amusing change on Twilight. Anne-droid of Green Gables was absolutely lovely. Little Women in Black made no sense to me, I saw no point and didn't see what the author was trying to do with it. Enjoyed Dickinson's relationship with Death, Frankenbilly was amus ...more
Bishop Harber
Jun 08, 2013 Bishop Harber rated it did not like it
Shelves: ebooks
I really set myself up for disappointment on this one. Or maybe I've just read too many really well-done books lately.

But, honestly? Alice and Snow White mashed up with pathetic shades of Lovecraft? If it had any literary quality at all it might have stood a chance. As is, the story was ill-conceived and even executed with a style that approximated putting frogs into a blender and forgetting to put the lid on before turning it on. The rest of the the stories in this collection just get worse fr
Preston Postle
May 25, 2013 Preston Postle rated it liked it
I always love the idea of this type of thing more than the execution. And, as with all short-story collections, the quality varies pretty widely. The concept here is that some famous literary character (or, in a couple cases, a famous pop icon or historical figure) is mashed up with a supernatural element, à la "Pride, Prejudice, and Zombies" (which I hated -- even the stink of zombies can't mask the cloying perfume of Jane Austen for me). In some cases this seems perfectly natural: Jimi Hendrix ...more
Feb 13, 2013 Sarai rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this collection, each short story is different and all are a good mix of a classic with some modern tale added in. Weather it's Alice stuck in the mirror in Snow White(somebody has to tell the Evil Queen she's beautiful) or Huck Fin and Jim finding an elder god on an island in the Mississippi, I found something to like about each tale. A few were a little odd, Jim Morison Vs Edgar Allan Poe and the Sid Vicious/Voodo Queen story were both quite different, but then again both those ...more
Joshua Hair
Jun 12, 2016 Joshua Hair rated it it was amazing
Not every story kicked my butt, however a select few really blew me away. I'm a huge Jim Morrison fan and an even bigger Poe fan; seeing them battle it out was freakin' awesome. Similarly, I am helplessly in love with Emily Dickinson, so reading about her infatuation with another man (or in this case, another being) was tough for me but made for a great story. Obviously there are plenty of other excellent examples in this collection but those two were enough to give this collection a five for me ...more
Somer Canon
Oct 21, 2013 Somer Canon rated it it was amazing
I know this genre got kind of played out with all of the zombie stuff, but this book was actually delightful (if you're the type of person who finds horror and fantasy delightful...I absolutely am). The imagination used in some of these stories was actually 10 different kinds of great and I'm sure this is a book that I will read again.
Sean C
Nov 25, 2013 Sean C rated it did not like it
Couldn't finish it. I gave it a try, but so few of the stories were decent. I expected to see enough of the original stories or characters in the updated versions, but I found them to be generally weak or uninteresting.
Elizabeth Inglee-Richards
I wish I could use half stars.

This book is 13 short stories of the fantasy mash up genre that is so popular right now. Some of the stories had a little to much in the way of mash up and came off as a bit cluttered. Some were really great though. A fun quick read.
Jay D
Sep 24, 2011 Jay D rated it liked it
Some of the stories were captivating while others dragged on, but as a whole it was an amusing set of series.
Henrik Rostoft
Mar 21, 2013 Henrik Rostoft rated it really liked it
Shelves: 08-stjerne, mash-up
Stories goes from good to really good.
Samantha Jungers
May 11, 2015 Samantha Jungers rated it it was amazing
Shelves: absolutely-loved
There's definitely something in here for almost any literary preference. I just happened to like all of them and really love a few of them. Definitely recommended.
Dec 27, 2010 Zoe rated it it was ok
Shelves: anthologies, fiction
Meh. This book has a few decent stories, but most of them seemed contrived, silly, and like they were trying too hard to make the "remix" trend work.
Didn't get many of the references, but those that I did, I enjoyed.
Sep 05, 2013 Jamie rated it liked it
There were some really good stories in this collection, but others fell flat.
Joseph Anonymous
Sep 15, 2012 Joseph Anonymous rated it it was amazing
Edar Allen Poe is a body-hopping undead ghost and other amazing tales. no words can allow me to portray the awesomeness in this book.
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