The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and the Undead is a horror version of Mark Twain's beloved book, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (it was published in 1876). Don Borchert has created and co-written this new version of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. It will be published by Tor in August 2010.

Here's a description of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and the Undead:


Or at least that's the plan. It's Tom Sawyer like you've never seen him before, in a swash-buckling, treasure-seeking adventure spiked with blood, gore, and zombie madness.

In this expanded and illustrated edition of Mark Twain's beloved tale of boyhood adventure, Tom's usual mishaps are injected with a taste of the macabre, in a world over-run by a zombie virus known in the South as "Zum." The United States is infected with a plague of rotting, yet spry, Zum searching for fresh meat.

In this world, there's no need to whitewash Aunt Polly's fence. Instead, Tom cons his friends into sharpening the fence posts to stop a Zum attack. To escape the constraints of civilized life, Tom and his pal Huckleberry Finn don't have to fake their deaths, just pretend to be Zum. And instead of cowboys and indians, Tom practices his fighting skills in a bloodthirsty game of "Us and Zum" – and he always wins.

When vicious, self-aware zombies emerge and threaten the town... how will Tom and Huck win, and live to tell their tale?

With all the comedy, romance, and adventure that readers expect from Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer now becomes a new breed of hero – a grade-A zombie hunter.


Before I say anything about this book, I'll say a few words about classic books, which have been converted to horror versions:

I think it's interesting that old classic books are being converted to horror versions. It's a fascinating phenomenon, because for example Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice has been converted to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and it has sold well (these new versions are surprisingly popular). These horror versions are a bit different from the original books, because they contain horror elements – they're basically the same books, but the contents are slightly different. Some readers love these new versions, but others hate them – I'm neutral when it comes to these horror versions (I don't love them, but I don't hate them either).

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and the Undead is an interesting version of Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. I'm not sure what Mark Twain fans will think of this book, but I liked it. It offered nice horror entertainment for a couple of hours. This book can be read fast, so I think it's approriate to say that it offers harmless entertainment for a warm (or rainy) summer day. If you're looking for easy-to-read horror, this book is a good choice.

It was interesting that Don Borchert had decided to use the word "Zum" instead of "zombie". It was also interesting that this book contained illustrations.

It's been a long time since I read the original, so I didn't remember all the happenings, when I read this version. I only remembered certain things (Tom paints the fence, Tom fights with another boy etc). If I'd read the original book again, this book would've probably been more entertaining, because it uses the original book as the basis for zombie action and it contains all the characters (Tom, Huck, aunt Polly etc) from the original book. Although I didn't remember everything, I liked the story, because Don Borchert had converted the original story to an entertaining zombie format, because Tom Sawyer lived a bit different kind of life in this book.

In my opinion The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and the Undead is pure entertainment. It isn't supposed to be taken seriously, because it's almost like a parody of the original book. Whether this book is good or not depends – in my opinion – on the reader. If you're able to live with the fact that a classic book has been converted to a horror book, you'll probably enjoy this book, but if you're a Mark Twain purist, you may not like this book.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and the Undead is harmless and enjoyable entertainment for horror fans with a twisted sense of humour. I think that readers who are interested in reading horror versions of old classics will be delighted to read this book, because it contains zombies (Zums). I think that this book will be a bestseller, because all the other new versions have sold well.

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