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Hello Kitty Reading Day 2014: The Event Kit!

It's here, you guys! It's finally here!

Tomorrow kicks off the first ever Hello Kitty Reading Day, a celebration of Hello Kitty's 40th anniversary and the great books published around her. A lot of other publishers are playing along, including Abrams, Penguin, Perfect Square, Priddy Books, Sourcebooks, and, of course, us! Brett dished out all the details in this post a few weeks ago

Want to join in the fun? Over on the Hello Kitty Reading Day website, you can find participating locations. If nothing is going on near you, don't worry! Today we're handing out this handy Hello Kitty Reading Day Event Kit, just for you

You can check it out embeded below, or download it off our Scribd page. There are plenty of fun activities you can enjoy at home. Check it out! 


Hello Kitty Reading Day: Event Kit by QuirkBooks


Posted by Eric Smith

Scary Weekend Reading: Excerpts from Suburban Legends

Chances are, if you're a Quirk fan, you enjoy a good scary story. I mean, here at the Quirk HQ, we publish our fair share of them. The Pride & Prejudice & Zombies series, The Resurrectionist, Horrorstor, Bedbugs, Stuff Every College Student Should Know… the list goes on. 

Last October, we released an eBook exclusive reprint (ePrint?) of Suburban Legends by Sam Stall. A collection of creepy TRUE short stories of horror in the suburbs, it was a fun book to work on. And to promote it, we posted a number of excerpts on our Scribd page.

Since Halloween is quickly approaching, I figured we should give these to you guys once again. So here you go, four true stories of horror from the suburbs. 

Suburban Legends: Roadside Assistance

Suburban Legends: The Prime Time Poltergeiest

Suburban Legends: The Goatman Cometh

Suburban Legends: Guess What's Coming To Dinner?


Posted by Eric Smith

Wilhelm Staehle’s Hugs & Misses, Stars & Swipes: Bloggers, Request Your Review Copies!

Next month, we've got two very fancy books coming out, illustrated and written by Wilhelm Staehle. Stars & Swipes (pictured above) and Hugs & Misses

Some of you might know Wilhelm from his hilarious silhouette-webcomic Silhouette Masterpiece Theater. Others might recognize his name as the alter ego for an incredibly talented book designer in New York, who has worked on covers for folks like Michael Chabon, MIchael Crichton, and many, many more. However you know the guy, we are excited to be publishing his postcard books, which collect some of his best and wittiest cutouts. 

And we'd like to get these postcard books into your hands, reviewers! You can learn more about the books over on Staehle's awesome website, and of course, here on Quirk via these pages: Stars & SwipesHugs & Misses

Want to request the postcard books to review on your blog? Email me at [email protected]! And check out a few more samples from the books, below!


Posted by Eric Smith

Everything Is Terrifying at The Strand Bookstore

The Quirk team had a great time catching up with Grady Hendrix, author of Horrorstor, at New York Comic Con last weekend. And I seriously can't wait for more of you to meet him. 
And well, here's a chance for you! At least, for you New York City folks. 
On October 27th, just in time for Halloween, some of the biggest names in horror fiction will be talking about the things that scare them. The Strand Bookstore is hosting EVERYTHING IS TERRIFYING, a special event with a number of awesome people involved in the horror community. Along with our own Grady Hendrix, guests will meet Laird Barron, Ellen Datlow, John Langan, Sarah Langan, and J.T. Petty. 
In addition to the event details on the Strand's website, you can RSVP for the event on Facebook. Let Grady know you're coming! 

Posted by Eric Smith

Fun Times at New York Comic Con 2014!

And we are back!

If you follow us on Twitter (you should!) you might have noticed this weekend was full of costumes, book signings, and lots of good times. We were at New York Comic Con, and the Quirk crew had a blast.

In the video above, I've pooled together some of our favorite moments at the convention. Signings with Grady Hendrix, Sam Maggs, and Ransom Riggs. Amazing cosplayers visiting the booth. And of course, just the general awesome-ness around the convention center. Keep an eye out for Rick Chillot's incredible Horrorstor cosplay. Seriously, it was awesome.

There are also some photos below and on our Flickr page, including snaps I took of Quirk Books found at The Strand in NYC, one of my personal favorite bookstores. 

See you all next year, NYCC goers! Thanks for a good time. 

Posted by Eric Smith

October Giveaways: New Postcard Books from Wilhelm Staehle

This month, we're giving away our two upcoming postcard books, Stars & Swipes and Hugs & Misses by the hilarious Wilhelm Staehle.

The stunning postcards hail from Staehle's Silhouette Masterpiece Theater, a webcomic that features painstakingly detailed etching carved from beautiful paintings. Hugs & Misses is full of lovelorn ladies, roguish gentlemen, renegade Cupids, and indecent proposals, while Stars & Swipes offers a hilarious vision of classic Americana, with farcical frontiersmen, prattling presidents, and other all-American oddities.

You can score early review copies onLibraryThing and BookLikes! Links below, enter away!

STARS & SWIPES: LibraryThing / BookLikes

HUGS & MISSES: LibraryThing / BookLikes

Posted by Eric Smith