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Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Haunted Houses in Literature

It was a ramshackle, seven bedroom Victorian house that clung to the side of a small hill. The front porch pitched ever so slightly to the right, and the paint flaked off the attic cupola in snow-like tufts. But it had beautiful bones, this house…both literally and metaphorically. Decades ago, as the tale went, a young boy died of tuberculosis in a first floor bedroom. His parents, heartbroken, hung themselves in the attic. 
When I was in college, eight of us inhabited the Earlham House, as it came to be known. One night, the roommates and I were sitting in the parlor watching Beverly Hills 90210 (that’s right, I’m not ashamed!) when…
The noise came from the first floor bedroom. Another followed: BANG! Another: BANG! As Kelly Taylor squealed, “Dylannnn!”, we raced to the bedroom to discover all of the framed photos, previously hanging on the walls, face down in the middle of the floor. 
Someone actually gasped, and the terror was palpable. A week ago, the girl who inhabited the same room had told us how she woke to find a small, child-sized figure at the foot of her bed. We brushed it off to the previous evening spent with her friend Jose Cuervo, but now we believed.  There was no explanation for the pictures… or the cold spots on the back staircase… or the feeling that someone was always watching… waiting…
(Insert funereal organ music here.)
In honor of Earlham House, here’s a list of some of the creepiest abodes in literature - eschewing obvious contenders like 112 Ocean Avenue (aka “The Amityville house”; everyone knows that place sucked) and Hill House (because was it really the house that was haunted?)

Worst-Case Wednesday: How to Adjust to Being a Werewolf

Being a werewolf is no walk in the park. How do you handle changing at the full moon every month? How do you prepare? Thankfully, The Worst-Case Scenario Handbook: Paranormal Edition has this totally covered. A good thing, too, or who knows what would happen.

Pairing Classic Books & Pizzas: Book It for Adults!

Recently, Pizza Hut announced the revival of their classic program from the 80s and 90s: Book It! A program from October through March, Pizza Hut worked with local schools to encourage children to read, in exchange for personal pizzas and other rewards. Sounds pretty much amazing, right?

How-to Tuesday: A Roundup of Sci-Fi & Fantasy Inspired Cross Stitch Patterns

There’s certainly no shortage of science fiction and fantasy-inspired crafts on the internet, and it can sometimes be hard to make heads or tails of the offerings. Would it be better to create a felt Triffid, or embroider a map of Middle Earth? Would heading to a pottery studio to make a replica pensieve be a good use of your time? Or how about a papier maché Nautilus?

The choices is intimidating, so to streamline the process and get your crafting as soon as possible, here is a selection of sci fi and fantasy-inspired cross stitch patterns that are great for beginners.   

Quirk Life: Decorating Halloween Cookies, And a Chance to Win Cookie(ish) Cookbooks!

We're a silly bunch, here at Quirk. And sometimes we like to take over our conference room for an afternoon of fun. 

With Halloween almost here, the Quirk crew assembled in a Very Professional Manner ™ to decorate delicious cookies from Philly's own Reading Terminal Market. We took some inspiration from Jackie Alper's Sprinkles, to make a number of spooky and occasionally bookish cookies. Seriously, just check out that Poe. 

You can watch the cute little video above, and scope out a handful of favorite photos below. 

Now, to help you have your own cookie-creating day, we're giving away copies of Quirk cookie books! Go ahead and enter the Rafflecopter below, for a chance to win a copy of The Cookiepedia, Sprinkles, The Cookie Dough Lover's Cookbook, and our latest cookbook, Madeleines

"But Eric, aren't madeleines tea cakes?" 

You know what? You're disqualified. The rest of you, good luck! 

Enter to Win the William Shakespeare's Star Wars Trilogy on Goodreads & BookLikes!

Shortly after New York Comic Con, we revealed the beautiful interior poster that will be included with William Shakespeare's Star Wars Trilogy, a hardcover collection that rounds up William Shakespeare's Star Wars, The Empire Striketh Back, and The Jedi Doth Return in one package. It comes out tomorrow (October 28th), and we'd like to give you a chance to win a copy!

On Goodreads? How about BookLikes? Good! We've got giveaways on both sites. Head on over, and enter! 

Goodreads: William Shakespeare's Star Wars Trilogy Giveaway

BookLikes: William Shakespeare's Star Wars Trilogy Giveaway

Good luck! We'll send sets out to winners on November 15th. 


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