Gossip Girl author Cecily von Ziegesar is working on a literary mashup of her popular 2002 novel, but there’s not a zombie or a vampire in sight. She’s doing a slightly different take on the monster mashup genre by making Blair Waldorf and Serena van der Woodsen “trendsetting serial killers” in Gossip Girl, Psycho Killer. Like most mashups, it will use text from the original novel mixed with new content, including a few new characters.

The idea came from Cindy Eagan, executive editorial director of Little, Brown’s Poppy imprint, who had wanted to do a Gossip Girl mashup for some time. Here’s more from Publisher’s Weekly:

While deliberating a theme for a Gossip Girl mashup, Eagan recalled reading Bret Easton Ellis’s American Psycho when it was first published in 1991. “I remember being addicted to the book—and also freaked out and repulsed by it at the same time,” she says. “It’s a satirization of the American dream that is totally twisted. Similarly, in Gossip Girl, Psycho Killer, these are beautiful, rich girls who supposedly have everything—but they go crazy, and, sardonically, killing becomes a competition between them. Cecily has taken a lot of the themes she explored in Gossip Girl and turned them on their side here, using her brilliant sense of humor.”

Von Ziegesar, who immediately loved the new concept, believes it’s a good fit for Gossip Girl. “I have a sort of evil sense of humor,” she notes, “and I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to do a dark comedy—darker than the comedy that is already in Gossip Girl novels.”

Gossip Girl, Psycho Killer will hit bookstores in October.

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