publication date: Monday, May 14, 2012 (part of Spring 2012)
clue: Hollywood's hottest new horror writer started his career modestly, by "improving" upon Jane Austen.
explanation: Grahame-Smith's first novel was Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. His films Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (based on his novel) and Dark Shadows were both released in 2012. more…
solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, LaVonne Lemler, Samir Mehta, Chris Lemler, Justin Woods, Matthew Preston, Joanna Woods, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Erik Bates, Aaron Shurtleff, Ryan Dunn, Lori Lancaster, and Jon Berry
trivia: It was a coincidence that this goo began a tournament featuring "zombie players" reactivated after defeat. Scott didn't realize the connection until the goo was already published.