Needlework: it’s everywhere in Jane Austen’s novels. No country mansion was complete without a series of neatly-made embroidered projects on display. Antique samplers have been found featuring everything from the ABCs to the planets! These days it’s hard to find time to embroider timeless phrases like “Of all the weapons in the world, love is the most dangerous” or “The more I see of the world, the more I am dissatisfied with it,” but that doesn’t mean you can’t feature them in a beautiful sampler!
With a tube of fabric paint used for textured designs you can get the same look in a fraction of the time; leaving you more hours in the day for practicing the deadly arts and stocking your doomsday shelter. Surely no hideout or underground bunker could really be complete without a cheerful, handmade reminder on zombie readiness!
published by Eric Smith on March 14, 2014 - 9:42am
Like every good office, the Quirk Books HQ is full of random kitsch. Weird stuffed animals, plastic figurines, and plenty of odd things that make no sense to anyone else but us. And with St. Patrick's Day approaching, I thought it would be fun to run around the office, and get Quirk staff on camera, talking about their lucky charms.
Enjoy! And if you've got a fun lucky charm at your office, tell us about it in the replies!
Happy Saint Patrick's Day!Your pals at Quirk Books would like to celebrate the occasion with that most Irish of gifts: a story. Have you ever wondered who would win in a no holds-barred battle between the beloved Bishop of Ireland and the infamous King of Monsters? Of course you have. Now you can find out, in this free 5-chapter battle royale. Check out the exerpt below, then if you like it download the FREE PDF for the complete senses-shattering saga. It's the Shamrock Saint verse the Green Gargantua...with the fate of all mankind hanging in the balance!
published by Eric Smith on March 14, 2014 - 9:18am
In addition to our fun little video that spotlighted good luck charms around the Quirk HQ, we thought it would be fun to giveaway a little something to help you find your own bit of luck. So with St. Patrick's Day approaching this Monday, here's your chance to win a copy of Quirk's Field Guide to Luck.
There a number of books in our Field Guide series. Some are made for fussing around the house (Tools, Stains), while others are great for in the kitchen (Candy, Cookies). The Field Guide to Luck is all about the talismans, charms, and symbols scattered throughout the world. And hopefully, using a copy, you'll be able to find yours.
We're giving away TEN copies, and you can enter using the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!
published by Eric Smith on March 13, 2014 - 2:23pm
This month, Pride & Prejudice & Zombies turns five. A landmark book for Quirk, it was an enormous bestseller that took the literary world by storm and invented a new genre. The mashup!
To celebrate, we had Thom Dunn, a frequent Quirk contributor and blogger for places like Tor.com, write up a three part editorial about the history of Pride & Prejudice & Zombies. In his piece, he talks about the origins of the book, Quirk's venture into the mashup genre, and our jump into fiction.