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Eight Adorable Superhero Costumes For Your Small, Comic Book Loving Pet

"Fetch me another bale of alfalfa!" - Chinchilla Thor

When it comes to Halloween costumes for small critters like ferrets, guinea pigs, and hamsters, your options are somewhat limited. As an owner of an adorable bunny (who was featured in Quirk's craftbook Microcrafts) and a chinchilla (who has yet to make his published book debut, Margaret!) I feel the pain that small animal owners experience around Halloween.

I mean, everyone else gets to dress up their larger pets, their cats and their dogs, in various costumes. I watch them all get posted to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter... all with a rising jealousy in my heart. What about me? What about my need to take pictures of my pets looking adorable?

After fiddling around Etsy for a bit in an attempt to find Halloween costumes for small pets, I found a treasure trove thanks to this blog post. Let me introduce you to Marmota Cafe, an Etsy shop opperating out of Washington, D.C., who seems to specialize in great costume options for tiny, furry friends. All the costumes run from $9 to $18, and are designed with the comfort of your small pets in mind. 

Have a look, and prepare to smile. 

Suburban Legends: Guess What's Coming To Dinner? [Excerpt]

An eBook exclusive re-release of Sam Stall's Suburban Legends came out October 1st! So through the month of October, we're sharing excerpts from the collection of spooky stories. Because Halloween! 

They told you the suburbs were a great place to live. They said nothing bad could ever happen here. But they were wrong.

This collection of terrifying true stories exposes the dark side of life in the ’burbs—from corpses buried in backyards and ghosts lurking in fast food restaurants to UFOs, vanishing persons, bizarre apparitions, and worse. 

So lock your doors, dim the lights, and prepare to stay up all night with this creepy collection of true tales. We promise you’ll never look at white picket fences the same way again!

Read an excerpt below (Guess What's Coming To Dinner?), and pick it up for $3.99 via AmazonBarnes & Noble, or the iBookstore this month! 


New York Comic Con 2013: Recaps & Photos!

Another year, another New York Comic Con! We came, we saw, we scratched our heads in confusion as odd cosplays walked by our booth. 

We did the usual convention stuff. Sold lots of discounted (some autographed!) books, gave away lots of posters, and snuck away from our booth to explore the floor when downtime presented itself. We also had two fantastic signings with Doogie Horner (author of 100 Ghosts) and E.B. Hudspeth (author of The Resurrectionist). E.B. was even on a great panel, joined by a number of other authors talking about zombies, vampires, and various mythical beasts. 

My personal highlights from the convention floor? Running into all the many bloggers we work with on the regular, and dishing out high fives and hugs galore. Also, the fact that we were situated next to First Second and Topshelf Comics. I just wanted to give those guys all my money, and they were excellent neighbors. 

Read on to check out photos, as well as highlights from Blair, Nicole, and Brett! 

Some of The Most Memorable Fictional Bosses

Do you dread going to work because you have the supervisor from hell? Would you treat your manager like royalty if you could? Are you your own boss? Or just boss in general?

Whatever it is, pick your reason to celebrate today since October 16 is Boss’s Day, even if it’s just to get on your boss’s good side! Here are some of the most, well, let’s call them memorable bosses!

Oscar Wilde Cupcakes: Boozy Chocolate With Pecan Praline Filling

Today we're saying "Happy Birthday" to the greatest dandy of them all—Irish poet, playwright and novelist—the formidable Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde. 

Wilde was known for his wit and a love of all things decadent. In honor of this chap's 159th birthday (I'd hate to see what the portrait in his attic looks like now!), here's a sinfully decadent and boozy cupcake recipe, full of chocolate, buttery pecans and, of course, Irish whiskey. As someone who once said, "I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best," then this is a birthday treat that delivers, and can entertain the likes of people like Lord Goring and Lady Bracknell.


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