Shakespeare Undead (Shakespeare Undead #1) by Lori Handeland

William Shakespeare is widely regarded as one of history’s greatest writers. For years his work has been studied by scholars, yet for as much that is known about him there is just as much that is unknown. Just who was the mysterious Dark Lady mentioned in his sonnets? Where did inspiration for the myriad of characters he created come from?

Perhaps, as many have speculated, Shakespeare had help with his writings. Or perhaps, the answer is a bit more… unusual.

Shakespeare Undead is a tale loosely (and I mean loosely) based on a point in William Shakespeare’s life. The story is centered around the time he writes “Two Gentlemen of Verona” as that particular play is referenced during the narrative. Plague is constantly a worry of the denizens of London, but William himself isn’t particularly worried. This is because William is a vampire and has been for a very, very long time.

Shakespeare Undead is rife with tips of the hat and tongue in cheek nods to many of Shakespeare’s works. There are also brief mentions of other’s works such as ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and ‘Star Wars’, which might seem strange but oddly enough fit with the narrative.

Historical purists are going to want to stay far, FAR away from this one. Like I said before, while it is based on a real person and a real point in time, it is more fantasy than anything else. Vampires, zombies, and ghosts abound.

If, however, you are looking for an amusing, horror based romp, you might enjoy Shakespeare Undead. It left me chuckling numerous times and caused more than one eye roll at the humor. I recommend it.

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