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Celebrate Read an eBook Day With Our Free eBook Samplers!

Did you know that today is Read an eBook Day? It is! True story! Just check out this website

Over the past few years, Quirk has released a handful of free eBooks, featuring tons of stuff from our books. Recipes, crafts, excerpts, essays... you name it, we've tossed in a lot of free stuff into these beautifully designed (great work Andie!) free eBooks.

There are some links to download them below. Go ahead, they're free. Happy Read an eBook Day! 

Stuff Every Geek Should Know

Quirk Books Throws You Five Awesome Parties

Quirk Books Entertains Your Kids

Homemade Quirk Diy Sampler: Volume 1

HORRORTOR: The Horrorstor Blog Tour, Plus Five Forgotten Horror Writers You Need to Discover

Greeting horror fans! The blog tour for Grady Hendrix's Horrorstor has begun! Launching yesterday with The Book Smugglers and running through the end of the month, you can find Grady on a number of websites celebrating the release of his awesome novel. 

9/17: The Book Smugglers - Five Horror Novels That Will Make Your Head Spin
9/18: Quirk Books Blog - Five Forgotten Horror Novelists You Need to Discover
9/19: My Bookish Ways - Are Ghosts Really Real?
9/22: LitReactor - The Joy of Horror Novelizations
9/23: Publishing Crawl - What Watching Hong Kong Horror Movies Taught Me About Writing
9/24: Forces of Geek - You Don’t Know These Ten Horror Movies, But They Will Melt Your Face
9/26: Cuddlebuggery - Favorite Fictional Places
9/29: Bound by Words - A Playlist for Writing
9/30: That's Normal: Supernatural Smackdown - Difference Between Real & Fictional Hauntings

The tour continues today with this post from Grady, about horror novelists you need to discover.

Why I'd Rather Be a Fictional Pirate Than an Actual Pirate

 
 
I am a Pirate.
 
This is known to anyone who has ever spoken to me for more than an hour. It’s not something that can be taught, you’re just born this way. Now if you’re jealous, don’t be. I can’t bake so if you can then that’s an awesome thing you have over on me. But this isn’t a contest. This is about Pirates. And when you’re a pirate people make one very obvious assumption, “I bet you wish you could live back then and be a real pirate!” And my answer is alway, “HELL NO!” (and there’s usually a dramatic record scratch).
 
I don’t blame you for being shocked. How could I love something that much and not wish I could see it or experience it first hand? Well, the short answer is three words long, “Penicillin, anesthesia, birth control.” What do those things have in common? Pirates didn’t have them. In fact they didn’t have a lot of things... like teeth. Most of what the public consciousness perceives as piracy comes from fictitious novels, sensationalized legends, and of course movies. No one ever walked the plank, said yar (unless they were getting run through by a cutlass) and buried treasure wasn’t buried so much as spent IMMEDIATELY in port. 
 
But this misinformation doesn't make me angry. Sure it’s fun to drop knowledge on people about what being a pirate was really like, but in all honesty I love the romanticized figure of the pirate as much as you all do! I’m totally there with you on the whole swinging from ropes thing and dramatic jumps from high cliffs into conveniently deep water! That stuff is fun, exciting, and amazing! As a pirate I am proud of my pirate heritage and well read on the history of my people, but if you’re asking me if I’d rather sail with Black Bart or Capt. Jas Hook the answer is Hook! Hook! Give us the hook! 
 
In honor of September 19th being International Talk Like a Pirate Day here are a couple of more ways being a fictional pirate trumps being an actual gentleman of fortune during The Golden Age of Piracy.

Greening Lea

You know what we really love over here at Quirk? Okay, yes, books. But what else? Giving back to the community! For the past two years, we've been donating to a park project known as Greening Lea, and the project is finally complete! But what is Greening Lea? you ask. An excellent question!

Five Books That We'd Love to See As Choose Your Own Adventure Novels

 
We must move forward, or so the saying goes, but I can’t help but miss some things from my childhood.
 
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t miss those pencils that were made of stackable tips (oh the horror when you lost one!) or erasable pens that are really neither pen nor pencil but I do miss a good Choose Your Own Adventure book.
 
Those were the highlight of my childhood and in the interest of bringing back my childhood, I’ve compiled a list of books that would make great Choose Your Own Adventure books. 

Bookish Events in Philadelphia: September 13th - 19th

Get ready to metabolize Citywide Specials and great new writing at a much faster rate: Philly's many reading series are back in swing.

100 years ago, an entrepreneurial family started Snockey's Oyster & Crab House in South Philly. Today, one of their descendants is a poet who hosts readings at the historic restaurant! Do not miss the poems this Saturday (or the chowder).  Frank O'Hara's Last Lover #11 :: Maxe Crandall, Anna Maria Hong and Jason Zuzga September 13, 7:30 p.m.

Or check out the tightly curated Jubilant Thicket reading series on Sunday, September 14. Emily Abendroth is a new Pew fellow; Charles O'Hay's humor is darker than espresso spilled on Philly asphalt. Head House Books, 5:00 p.m.

On Monday, September 15, start your day off by checking out the Poem of the Day at the Penn Book Center website.

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