August 22, 2011 • Fiction
Photo by Rob Boudon
These days, it seems everyone is looking to break into the unicorn farming industry. Be it the economy, the limited opportunities in the classifieds, or the undeniable allure of ‘80s nostalgia, new batches of unicorn farmers are sprouting up across the globe.
I have seen it myself at Unicornomics, the unicorn farm and research and development firm where I am Chief Unicornomicist, as our workshops on How to Raise Unicorns have experienced record attendance in inverse correlation with the Dow.
And, while unicorns are appreciative of this zeitgeist, they are also wary of the pitfalls that a surplus of unicorn farmers can bring. Thus, in the interest of unicorns’ wellbeing and preserving the future of this profession, I present to you the 5 Things You Need to Know Before Entering the Best Occupation Ever.
August 15, 2011 • Fiction, Zombies
Over the past few days, review copies of Ben H. Winters’ latest novel, Bedbugs, have been steadily mailing out from the Quirk HQ to bloggers everywhere. As I stuffed books and posters into manila bubble mailers, I came across one particular… er… let’s say “special” copy of Bedbugs that I’d nearly forgotten about.
See, during BEA this year, Ben signed ARCs of Bedbugs for eager fans. Unfortunately, a few copies of Bedbugs didn’t quite make it to the Book Expo in one piece. Notable, this copy, which was completely smashed in, the pages crumbled up.
Ben, being the good-humored guy he is, picked up the copy of the book and signed it anyway, for a silly online giveaway.
Sorry what happened to your book!
Ben H. Winters
Want to get this one-of-a-kind copy of Bedbugs? Just leave a comment here or retweet this post to your followers (make sure to @quirkbooks!). I’ll select one of you at random sometime next week. You’ll receive the mangled signed copy, as well as a mint condition signed copy + poster.
Come on, you didn’t think I’d just send you a beat up book, did you? I'm not the monster here. The bedbugs are. Comment and tweet away! Good luck.
August 9, 2011 • Fiction
According to Twitter and a number of misc. websites, today is National Book Lover's Day. Hopefully some of you have taken Elizabeth's advice and packed a picnic, or are at least planning to curl up after work with whatever it is you're reading now.
Clearly we love books here at Quirk. In order to properly celebrate this day-of-book-loving, several of us from the Quirk HQ have written about the titles that made us fall in love with books in the first place. From forced high school reading to childrens' books, forbidden horror anthologies to American literary classics, our picks are certainly varied.
Enjoy, and let us know what books made you fall in love in the comments. We'd love to hear about them.
August 2, 2011 • Fiction
Friends! Colleagues! Citizens of the Internet!
I recently got a box in the mail with the first copies of my new novel, Bedbugs, a supernatural thriller about a woman slowly driven to the brink of madness by a bedbug infestation in her beautiful Brooklyn apartment.
The book doesn’t come out until September 6th, but I’m itching with excitement, so I’d like to give a few copies away.
So here’s the contest:
It seems like everyone you talk to these days has some horrible tale of bedbugs that refused to die; of landlords that refused to act; of love affairs that ended in a storm of scratching; of lovely sofa beds that had to dragged out to the curb or burned.
Send YOUR catastrophic tale of bedbug infestation to BedbugsTheBook@gmail.com. I’ll pick the three best (by which I mean the worst, the most horrifying, shocking, devastating tales of bedbugs) and award the winners with signed copies of Bedbugs. We’ll accept entries until September 1!
Please spread the word, and look for Bedbugs at your favorite bookstore on September 6th!
July 29, 2011 • Comics, Fiction
A long time ago (well, last week) in a galaxy far, far away (um, San Diego) Quirk Books attended and exhibited at Comic-Con 2011.
Preview night kicked-off with a resounding cheer as the fans flowed in from all directions. The costumes were incredible; we were immediately dazzled. But as Quirk Creative Director Jason Rekulak reminded me, "It's not all Storm Troopers and aliens, we've gotta do some work." So we got down to the business of doing business at Comic-Con. We met hundreds of fans, made a bunch of new friends, and sold a ton of books.
We also hosted two signings. On Thursday, Broet Laureate Brian McGackin signed copies of Broetry: Poetry for Dudes. A few savvy fans identified the cover poem as a parody of "This is just to say" by William Carlos Williams. On Friday, a large line formed to meet best selling author Ransom Riggs. He signed copies of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children and posed for a photo with our booth babe, Heidi Milano (dressed here as the Miss P cover girl). Afterward we took Ransom out to dinner to celebrate Miss Peregrine’s extraordinary six weeks (and counting!) on The New York Times bestseller list.
July 12, 2011 • Fiction, Travel
When Ransom Riggs isn't busy penning awesome New York Times bestselling novels or collecting odd vintage photographs, he enjoys shooting short films. And I'm not just talking about his book trailers for Sense & Sensibility & Sea Monsters and Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. He's done a number of them, all of which you can brose on his website, including this fantastic short film, The Accidental Sea.
He released this video back in May, and it has since racked up over half a million views on YouTube, some nice compliments from Roger Ebert, and has been featured on popular websites like Neatorama and mental_floss.
Check it out. It's pretty incredible.