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"Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" author sued

Texas readers may be interested to learn the author of "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" and "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" has been sued by book publisher Hachette for breach of contract. The complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court Southern District of New York on Aug. 26.

According to the lawsuit, in 2010, writer Seth Grahame-Smith signed a contract with Hachette, in which he agreed to deliver two books by June 2013. He received a $500,000 advance for each project. The first book, a sequel to "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" called "The Last American Vampire", was published in 2015. However, the second manuscriptwas not delivered on time.

Hachette alleges Grahame-Smith requested two extensions, which pushed the due date back to April 1, 2016, but he still failed to deliver. Hachette then sent Grahame-Smith a notice stating it intended to terminate the agreement and demand the return of its advance if the book wasn't delivered within 60 days. The author delivered a manuscript on June 6, but Hachette claims that it too closely resembled a 120-year old book that is in the public domain. The lawsuit does not name the allegedly appropriated work, but the date suggests it could be "The Island of Dr. Moreau" by H.G. Wells. Hachette seeks the return of the $500,000 advance and legal fees as well as other damages to be assessed at trial.

Contract disputes can be complex and protracted. Texas individuals or businesses facing breach of contract litigation could learn more about their legal options by consulting with attorneys who have this type of experience.

Source: EW, "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies author sued by publisher," Christian Holub, Aug. 31, 2016

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