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3 Common Thanksgiving Tough Talking Points and How to Handle the Conversation, from the author of How to Win the War on Truth

It’s that time of year again, where sensible people across the country arm themselves for an ideological battle. No, it’s not a War on Christmas (which doesn’t exist, by the way), but a War on Truth—a battle between fact and fiction, truth and myth, and on display over Thanksgiving tables across the country.

This year I offer a survival guide to help steer loved ones (bless their hearts!) away from the propaganda minefields of social media, cable news, and talk radio.

Posted by Samuel C. Spitale

Best Witchy Trios in Pop Culture

The Sanderson Sisters came back this year to wreak havoc once again in Hocus Pocus 2! While these three hapless witches have become pop culture icons, they are far from the only trio of witches that we have come to know and love over the years. Witches often appear in threes, to represent the Maiden, Mother, and Crone of folklore.

Whether they are soul-sucking embodiments of evil (like the Sandersons) or crystal-charging good witches out to save the day, we love these magical women. Celebrate Halloween with this list of witchy trios.

Posted by Rose Moore

100% That Witch: The Inspiration Behind Toil and Trouble

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When exactly did the word “witch” become a label one wears with pride?

 

Today, the word evokes images of power and success, emblazoned on everything from mugs lining the shelves of Target to Instagram and #WitchTok posts. What was once a pink glittery “girl boss” in loopy font is now “100% that witch” in glittery black loopy font. The message is the same, though. This is a woman who has her life together and is doing all the things.

 

The witch: she’s having a moment.

Posted by Lisa Kröger and Melanie R. Anderson

Cruisin’ for Cryptids: J. W. Ocker’s Road Trip Tips for The United States of Cryptids

Maybe you’re lucky enough to live in a town where bigfoot is sighted so often you need bigfoot crossing signs. Or a town with a lake so well-stocked that every cast yields reptilian monsters. Or one where midnight visits from flashlight-headed pterodactyls and woman-faced wolves are common. But chances are you don’t. Cryptids—those beasts that science doesn’t (yet) acknowledge but so many eye-witnesses do—don’t always come to you. Sometimes you gotta go to them.

 

And that means a road trip.

Posted by J. W. Ocker

Hang with Us at New York Comic Con (Booth 2941)!

Heading to New York Comic Con this year (10/6–10/9)? Make sure to stop by booth 2941 to say hi, and keep this schedule handy to catch our author signings and book giveaways.

Oh, and by the way, #QuirkTurns20 this year. To celebrate, we’re bringing back our secret password giveaway throughout the show. If you’re going to NYCC, recite the password to a Quirker behind the booth to receive a prize. *Limited quantity available!*

Secret password: QUIRK TURNS 20

Posted by Quirk Books Staff

How to Win the War on Banned Books: Author Samuel C. Spitale on Censorship and the Questions Readers Should Be Asking

When I was in junior high, I wanted to read Carrie Fisher’s first novel, Postcards from the Edge. So for Christmas, I asked my mom for the book.

 

My mom, however, didn’t think that was an appropriate gift for a 13-year old. She’d heard that the book was an unflinching look at Fisher’s drug addiction. Concerned about such undue influence, she did not want me to read it.

 

That decision did not sit well with me, so I checked out the book from the local library and read it in secret.

Posted by Samuel C. Spitale