Quirk Books publishes innovative and buzzworthy books that entertain, amuse, and inform.
Founded in 2002, we publish books that are objects of desire and delight--in the categories of pop culture, humor and gift, horror, sci-fi, and mystery, food and drink, parenting, pets, history, crafts, reference, and of course, "irreference." We publish 25 new titles per year, in print and digital formats.
We are best known as the publishers of the international best-seller PRIDE & PREJUDICE & ZOMBIES and as the creators of the best-selling WORST-CASE SCENARIO SURVIVAL HANDBOOK series—but we do so much more.
Read on to learn all about the team here at Quirk.
Brett likes his vodka on the rocks, his meat on the grill, and his Sundays on the couch watching football. As President, he likes Quirk’s projects to be as creative as possible, the P&Ls to be on budget, and sales to exceed expectations. He's the author of Stuff Every Man Should Know, Stuff Every Dad Should Know and the co-author of Recipes Every Man Should Know.
David BorgenichtCEO & Owner
Dave is the founder of Quirk Books and the creator/co-author of the wildly successful Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook. His passions include live music, tennis, embarrassing his children, and the Marx Brothers. Favorite Non-Quirk Book: The Princess Bride, by William Goldman. "No ever one said life is fair. It's just fairer than death, that's all."
Jane MorleyProject Editor
Jane brings a variety of traits and talents to her work as Project Editor, including scarily neat handwriting and a knack for spotting extra spaces between words. She has an affinity for grammar that dates to elementary school, when she was introduced to the semicolon; it remains her favorite punctuation mark. She also loves running, crossword puzzles, breakfast, and power metal.
Jason has acquired and edited a number of Quirk favorites, including the #1 New York Times bestseller Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, the Edgar Award-winning mystery The Last Policeman, and the insane literary mash-up Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. He also oversees our spectacular team of editors and designers.
John J. McGurkVice President, Print & Digital Production
A former comedian and a graduate of the Second City Writers Conservatory, his greatest claim to shame is foisting the character “Abraham Lincoln, Naked Superhero” on a terrified public. Father of two, John successfully coaxed his wife into naming their first child after George Carlin, which was tricky since their first child is a girl.
Mary Ellen WilsonExecutive Managing Editor
Mary Ellen Wilson has worked in educational and scholarly publishing and definitely prefers the quirkiness of Quirk Books. A self-professed wall flower, she enjoys sewing sachets of lavender, starting sweet-pea seeds on her windowsill, backyard birding, and analyzing paintings and architecture. If you spot a typo or factual error in Quirk's books, please write to maryellen [at] quirkbooks [dot] com. Merci!
Nicole De JackmoDirector of Publicity & Marketing
Nicole called NYC her home for eight years where she spent her time enjoying Greek food, beer gardens, & working at Simon & Schuster. She now happily calls Philly her home and has learned how to properly order a cheese steak, pledge her allegiance to Philly sports—but refuses to eat scrapple. E-mail Nicole (email@example.com) if you want to review our titles or feature our authors.
Quirk met Mr. Pringles while visiting with paper vendors in South America, and we all fell in love with his witty personality. Today, Mr. Pringles is an integral part of Quirk’s daily operations; he can be reached via e-mail with concerns about overdue payments. He is the only one who can help you with such issues, so don’t try to get in touch with anyone else, please.
Mandy Dunn SampsonProduction and Sales Manager
Mandy is a compulsive organizer and list maker from Virginia. She has a master’s degree in Book Arts and Printmaking. In her free time between book logistics and motherhood, she draws comics and prints, bakes pies, and plays the accordion.
Andie ReidSenior Designer
Andie grew up watching Star Trek and picking blueberries in her backyard in the Berkshires. She went on to study art history in Montreal and live in New York before finding her way to Quirk's design department where she can indulge both her geeky and culinary inclinations. She likes proper k er n in g, baking bread, robots, bike rides, and her cat, Neko.
Katherine McGuireSenior Manager, Subsidiary Rights & Licensing
When she's not fielding requests to translate or license Quirk books, Katherine is usually either drinking coffee, solving crosswords, or trying to make friends with her neighbors' cats. She once won over 200 free burritos for the entire New York office of her former employer, Oxford University Press, where she also antedated the term "riot girl" in the Oxford English Dictionary. Katherine has previously worked at Soft Skull Press, Penn Press, Pine Island Camp (where she happily spent 5 summers with no electricity or running water), and as the temp who wrapped all the Christmas presents going out from the Chanel corporate offices in 2005. Want to translate or license a Quirk book? Write to her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rick has written and edited for magazines, books, newspapers, web sites, videos, gleepnorks and who knows what else. Topics range from health and wellness to science to true love to catastrophe to ghouls to that thing, you know what I’m talking about. He likes to write, draw, eat, and travel through time.
A native Philadelphienne and apparent devotée of gendered demonyms, Blair Thornburgh makes a mean plate of scrambled eggs and a much friendlier cup of coffee. Her professional past has seen her at the helm of everything from a 35mm projector to a cantankerous tractor, so she's glad to have all her fingers still intact for typing. She would love to talk to you about (or in) multiple dead languages. Hwæt!
Megan DiPasqualeAccounting and Operations Manager
Megan started off as a Mathematician out of SUNY Plattsburgh. She then left her small home town in the Adirondacks and headed to the city of brotherly love. Once here she began to specialize in accounting and obtained her MBA from Temple University along the way. Combining her love of books (from J.K. Rowling to Toni Morrison) and numbers she feels right at home at Quirk Books. When she’s not balancing the books and tending to the office’s needs, she enjoys traveling the world, making every genre of food from scratch, and taking in Philly museums and restaurants.
Moneka HewlettVice President, Sales
In lieu of a formal biography, Rick Chillot has created a webcomic detailing the origins of Moneka. Enjoy.
Kate BrownSales Assistant
Kate's early professional ambitions were dashed when she was politely informed that the Justice League was not hiring. Instead, she applied her uncanny abilities of alphabetization and speed-reading to several years of bookselling. When she's not supporting Quirk's pursuit of truth, justice and the Ameri--err, she means great books and fabulous sales, she studies Brazilian jiu jitsu and yells dramatic theory at pro-wrestling shows.
Molly MurphyJunior Designer
Molly grew up on the Jersey Shore and spent her childhood eating boardwalk pizza. She received a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia before moving to New York and designing books for St. Martin's Press. She now happily works for the Quirk design team and is never ever going back to New York. When she's not designing books, Molly spends her time petting other people's dogs and breaking her glasses in mosh pits.
After falling in love with the UK, Kelsey moved to Oxford in pursuit of her Master’s in Publishing. Two years, one degree, and countless pubs later, she returned to New Jersey and landed her first publishing job in New York, before eventually making her way to Quirk Books. When not talking about books, Kelsey enjoys traveling, watching various sci-fi shows, and snapping photos for her Instagram (@tehkelsey). E-mail Kelsey (email@example.com) if you want to review our titles or feature our authors. If you are a blogger who would like to review our titles, please click here to learn more.
Elizabeth BallouEditorial Assistant
After her Hogwarts letter failed to arrive for the tenth straight year, Elizabeth Ballou decided to go into publishing instead. First, though, she left her hometown of Richmond, Virginia to attend the University of Virginia. While there, she founded an indie game company, Green Willow Games, and wrote Gray Skies, Dark Waters, the company's debut title. A recent transplant to Philadelphia, Elizabeth is bent on finding every bookstore, sampling every coffee shop, and petting every dog in the city. Her hobbies include goat cheese.
Christina SchillaciSocial Media Coordinator
As the voice behind Quirk's social media channels, Christina hurls words into the Twitterverse daily. She is also referred to as Mother of Bloggers. In addition to tweeting, she enjoys eating breakfast, backpacking, and using the Oxford comma. You can find her @saychristina (where she uses way too many GIFs) or @QuirkBooks.
Ivy WeirPublicity and Marketing Assistant
Ivy is a native of the Philadelphia area who worked and lived in North Carolina, New York City, and Portland, Oregon before returning home. Prior to joining Quirk's publicity and marketing team, she was a young adult librarian, but has also worked as a comic book writer, fashion photographer, gallery assistant, antique medical photo archivist, and comic shop staffer. Ivy has been accused of having no hobbies, but in fact enjoys tabletop RPGs, video games, cooking, and managing her chihuahua's Instagram.
Doogie HornerArt Director
Doogie is the illustrator of the Quirk Books Kid Legends series, and author and illustrator of Everything Explained Through Flowcharts (Harper Collins 2010), 100 Ghosts (Quirk Books, 2013), and Some Very Interesting Cats Perhaps You Weren't Aware of (Workman, 2015). His writing has also appeared in McSweeney's, Wired, Playboy, F
In addition to book stuff, Doogie also does comedy stuff. He is a frequent guest on Doug Loves Movies, and was a semi-finalist on America's Got Talent, where he notably won over a hostile NYC crowd. His debut comedy album A Delicate Man was released by New Wave in 2016.
Elissa FlaniganJunior Designer, Digital & Marketing
Elissa is a native New Englander who came to Quirk shortly after graduating from Philadelphia University with a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design Communication. When she’s not designing Quirk’s ads, posters, buttons, tote bags, calendars, postcards, catalogs, blog posts, trading cards, coasters, bookmarks, and animated holiday greetings, she’s answering to distorted variants of her name, searching for new ways to eat potatoes, or hoping someone will recognize her geeky jewelry.