Seth Grahame-Smith, the famous author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, looks like got caught up in one big mess when the publisher, Hachette, filed a case against the author regarding a submitted manuscript by Grahame-Smith, claiming that the work is basically “an appropriation of a 120-year old public domain work.”
Grahame-Smith became first popular by combining history and zombies in his 2009 work, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. The success of his first book led him to write another best seller, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. However, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is now surrounded by controversy as Hachette filed a case against Grahame-Smith for what was supposed to be a breach of contract. As poste by Publishers Marketplace in their website, Grahame-Smith and Hatchett signed a $4 million deal in 2010, in which the author was supposed to provide the publishing company with two new creations. As part of the deal, the author was initially paid a fee of $1 million as installment.
Grahame-Smith was able to submit the first book, The Last American Vampire, which followed the story of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. As for the second book, the author was given an extension from June 2013 to April 2016.
According to the complaint filed against Grahame-Smith the authored submitted a manuscript in June 2016 but it was not original and instead, was filled with as quoted, ““an appropriation of a 120-year old public domain work.” In addition, the material greatly deviates from the 80,000 to 100,000-word limit that the publisher and Grahame-Smith agreed on. Moreover, the said manuscript was not a par, considering the style and quality, with Smith’s previous work. To give a brief idea, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is about the story Abraham Lincoln as a US president and as a warrior against zombies in the civil war.
Grahame-Smith and his company Baby Gorilla will face legal battle against Hachette, who filed a $500,000 fine, which amounts to half of the original payment given to the author plus interest. The publishing company believes that providing them with a completely different material and substance from that what was originally described in their agreement can be considered as a breach of contract.
As such, Grahame-Smith is sure in a lot of hot mess.