It's time to put all the warmth and coziness of Thanksgiving behind us, and embrace the cold, dark... Hallowen is just around the corner.
Here are few books to get you into the Halloween spirit ... and awaken the spirits... Mmwhahaha!
Plain Fear: Forsaken
by Leanna Ellis
A vampire novel set in an Amish community, Plain Fear: Forsaken is a haunting and heartbreaking story. When passions stir and secrets are revealed, Hannah must choose between light and dark, between the one she has always loved and the new possibility of love. But it's more than a choice of passion; it's a decision that will determine the fate of her soul.
"Forsaken exemplifies the ultimate literary juxtaposition of good and evil, and is made all the more powerful by Ellis's ability to paint a vivid and realistic picture Amish life."
—Linda Castillo, New York Times bestselling author
Dead of Night: A Zombie Novel
by Jonathan Maberry
St. Martin's Press
New York Times bestselling author of Patient Zero, Jonathan Maberry returns with another creepy tale... A prison doctor injects a condemned serial killer with a formula designed to keep his consciousness awake while his body rots in the grave. But all drugs have unforeseen side-effects. Before he could be buried, the killer wakes up. Hungry. Infected. Contagious. This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang... but a bite.
"An intriguingly fresh slant on the zombie genre."
—John A. Russo
The Monster's Corner: Stories Through Inhuman Eyes
Edited by Christopher Golden
St. Martin's Griffin
An all original anthology from some of todays hottest supernatural writers, featuring stories of monster's from the monster's point of view. With contributions by Lauren Groff, Chelsea Cain, Simon R. Green, Sharyn McCrumb, Kelley Armstrong, David Liss, Kevin J. Anderson, Jonathan Maberry, and many others.
Dead Inside: Do Not Enter
Notes from the Zombie Apocalypse
A Lost Zombies Book
Post Secret meets World War Z in this chilling vision of the fallout following a global zombie pandemic. A gradual mutation of a virulent strain of "super flu" gives rise to millions of the undead, who quickly overwhelm treatment facilities and swarm cities around the world, leaving survivors on their own against a legion of the infected. This chilling story is told through the scraps of paper, scrawled signs, and cryptic markers left by survivors as they struggle to stay alive and find those they've lost in a world overrun by zombies...
Following in the footsteps of the New York Times bestselling graphic novels and the record-breaking new TV show, this debut novel in a trilogy of original Walking Dead books chronicles the back story of the comic book series greatest villain, The Governor.
"The Walking Dead: The Rise of the Governor is a book that's meant for both fans of the comics and fans of the show… Kirkman's mark is all over the book. It takes great advantage of the literary medium in a way that most tie-in books would not.” —TVOvermind.com
Chasing Ghosts, Texas Style
On the Road with Everyday Paranormal
by Brad Klinge, Barry Klinge and Kathy Passero
Thomas Dunne Books
Part high-adventure tale, part autobiography, this page-turner recounts the eerie experiences that convinced brothers Brad and Barry Klinge, founders of Everyday Paranormal and stars of the TV series Ghost Lab on Discovery Channel, that ghosts really do walk among us Brad and Barry Klinge have been investigating paranormal occurrences for the last twenty years, and in Chasing Ghosts, Texas Style , they divulge some of their most exciting ghost encounters and analyze the science behind their paranormal hunts.
"In this enjoyable read, sure to entertain even skeptics, the Klinge brothers recount how they first became interested in ghosts, what led them to start their company, and why they decided to make scientific experimentation the hallmark of their practice." —Publishers Weekly
Here's a clip of the brothers' typical antics on the show:
And now that your jaw is clenched and your fingernails are firmly embedded in your chair... I'll finish this list with a few books that are slightly less terrifying...
Ace Your Zombie Exam!
The Official Ph.Z. Study Guide
by David Murphy
The #1 way to get your official PhZ diploma!
Humans, Zombies, we're not that different. We're all hungry for a better life or post-life. That's why the living and living dead alike are turning more frequently to education in order to improve their station, pursuing the highly coveted PhZ. No enrollment necessary — you need only this book and that high-performance noggin of yours.
Day of the Dead
by Kitty Williams and Stevie Mack
The Day of the Dead Celebration is the most important holiday of the year in Mexico and parts of the American Southwest, a joyful time when families remember their dead. Day of the Dead provides a colorful look at the iconic folk art and family traditions that play a vital role in the event, which happens across the country from October 31 through November 2.
The Book of Skulls
by Faye Dowling
The Book of Skulls presents a cool visual guide to the skull, charting its rebirth through music and street fashion to become today's ultimate anti-establishment icon. From Black Sabbath to Cypress Hill, skater punk graffiti to Gothic tattoos, from high-couture to Hello Kitty and Dali to Damien Hirst, this book is the ultimate collection of cool and iconic skull motifs. Drawing together artwork from music, fashion, street art and graphic design The Book of Skulls is a celebration of one of today's most iconic cultural symbols.
Graphica / July 25, 2011
As Robot 6 notes, Daybreak maybe a zombie book, but it's "a zombie book with a unique twist." The story is viewed entirely from the perspective of an unnamed survivor (that means you, the reader!) exploring a post-apocalyptic landscape who finds a potential ally in a one-armed man:
I had not seen a “first-person shooter” style of comic before. It turned out to be very exciting approach to storytelling. I was constantly trying to figure out new ways for the reader to feel like they were interacting with the characters and become characters in the story as well. I made some decisions along the way; to never show the reader’s “character” such as in a mirror. I didn’t want the reader to talk with a word balloon. I felt those things would break the illusion. It was tricky to work with those constraints, but such a fun challenge.
But interestingly, despite the “first-person shooter” style of Daybreak, you don't see a lot of zombies in the book:
I made a couple attempts at sketching the zombies thinking, of course, that I should include them, but I kept finding ways to avoid them. I wasn’t sure why, but it never felt right. Ultimately I decided that it just wasn’t necessary for the story I was trying to tell. The story is about traveling around with a stranger and becoming friends. Are any zombie stories really about the zombies? I don’t think so. The stories and movies are about the survivors having to form relationships. The blood and guts cheapen that. Plus, what a fun constraint, to draw a zombie book without ever showing a zombie? That’s crazy.
Read the full interview here.
News / October 18, 2010
Ghosts, werewolves, witches, zombies, and monsters... Halloween can be a scary time of year to venture outside, so we completely understand if you would rather stay at home and read a book. But, if you want the best of both worlds — scaring yourself half-to-death without ever leaving the safety of your armchair — have we got some books for you!
Following last year's chilling Zombies: A Record of the Year of Infection, Chronicle Books have published Werewolves, an illustrated journal that plunges you headlong into the life of a high school girl-turned-werewolf as she makes her transformation!
If you're more craftily inclined, then Witchcraft, Quirk Books' follow up to Creepy Cute Crochet, is full of color photos and simple illustrated instructions for crafting everyday items into wonderfully witchy treats: A truly wicked charm bracelet made from a handful of old trinkets; spooky little skulls made out of marshmallows; a bewitching midnight black tutu that can be stitched up in minutes; a wicked poison apple fashioned from an everyday plushie; witches, monsters, spiders, and ghosts to top your cupcakes; and much, much more!
For kids, there is Owlkids' My Beastly Book of Monsters to get your creative little beast doodling, scribbling, colouring, and drawing. And, with 30 recipes for Halloween fun, the Little Monsters Cookbook will have your little monsters cooking in the kitchen in no time.
You can find more Halloween books available from Raincoast here.
I don't think I need to say anything about this new book trailer for Night of the Living Trekkies other than it is a) AWESOME b) not for the squeamish...
We were very excited around here when we heard whispers last year from our friends at Quirk Books that Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was going to be made into a movie. So just imagine our delight when they confirmed that the book was optioned by Natalie Portman, who will produce and star in the film adaptation, and that David O. Russell, who directed and wrote Three Kings and the existential comedy I ♥ Huckabees is writing the script and directing!
Last month at the San Diego Comic-Con, Portman updated MTV on where things are at with the movie:
And if literary mash-ups are your thing, don't forget about Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls, Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, and the latest Quirk Classic Android Karenina!
At some point over the weekend this hilarious video for Jane Austen's Fight Club went viral:
Of course, all this ass-whupping Austen action started with Lizzie Bennett kicking seven shades of shih tzu out of the undead in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and its prequel Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls, but we're not going to begrudge them that. Well played ladies...
And, if you haven't seen it before, here is the fantastic trailer for PPZ: Dawn of the Dreadfuls:
From Quirk Books, the people who brought you Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, and Dawn of the Dreadfuls, comes sci-fi/zombie/comedy/adventure Night of the Living Trekkies!
Following a group of rag-tag Trekkies getting together for the fifth annual GulfCon (billed as the “largest Starfleet Convention in the western Gulf Coast region”), our heroes (armed only with prop phasers) soon find themselves defending their hotel and convention centre against hordes of flesh-eating undead!
The book is packed with hundreds of gags referencing Star Trek, Star Wars, comic books, and fan conventions. According to our friends at Quirk, it reads like the strange lovechild of Galaxy Quest and Dawn of the Dead."
Night of the Living Trekkies will be available from Raincoast this fall. But in the meantime you can find out more information about the book on Facebook.
(Night of the Living Trekkies is an original work of parody and is not officially sponsored by, affiliated with, or endorsed by the owners of the Star Trek®) brand.)
Peeps Show 2010 is perhaps not what you think. No scandal here, just good ol' sugar coated fun. But I bet you won't be able to tear your eyes away...
For four years now, the Washington Post has been hosting an annual Peeps Diorama Contest: the classic Easter candy is styled and dressed up in various hilarious scenes. They received more than 1,100 sugar-inspired entries, and the Washington Post is sharing some of their faves online.
This year's entries featured many book-themed diorams: Goodnight Moon, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Where the Wild Things Are, The Book of Bunny Suicides, Madeline....
But of course the one I found brilliant was "Peeps and Prejudice and Zombies" based on the mash-up Pride and Prejudice and Zombies!
Based on the best-selling novel by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith, dioramists Dayle Cristinzio of Silver Spring and Kasey Gillette of the District depict a ballroom scene with traditional dancing and zombie mayhem in "Peeps and Prejudice and Zombies." Note the period costumes, original Peep oil painting above the mantle and working chandelier.
Some other awesome Peeps dioramas include scenes of Shaun White at the Olympics, Wii Sports, old school Mario Bros, President Obama walking his dog and Michelle Obama playing skiprope in the Whitehouse garden. View the slideshow of the finalists on WashingtonPost.com
Fiction / February 01, 2010
Calling all bloggers, big and small, to review
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES: DAWN OF THE DREADFULS on March 3, 2010
Raincoast and Quirk Books would like to offer bloggers a first look at the new prequel, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES: DAWN OF THE DREADFULS by Steve Hockensmith. This original novel will be in stores and on-sale on March 23, 2010, and if you request a copy to review on your blog, you’ll be one of the first people to get your hands on it!
To receive your free copy, please send along your name, address, and the name of your blog, and we’ll get one out to you ASAP.
Subject line: PPZ DOD
Quirk is requesting that you post your blog review on March 3, 2010, and link to QuirkClassics.com. On this day, QuirkClassics.com will be offering your readers a chance to win one of fifty Quirk Classics prize packs! In addition, they will be showcasing two illustrations from PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES: DAWN OF THE DREADFULS.
When your readers click on the link to QuirkClassics.com, they'll be asked to post the name the blog where they read the review and heard about the contest. This is a great opportunity to further promote your blog and potentially find new readers for your site. Free books + free publicity for your blog = everybody wins!
We hope you decide to review this exciting new work of fiction, and will be a part of making this Quirk Classic a huge success.
Read more about the PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES: DAWN OF THE DREADFULS.
Limited amount of review copies available, so act fast! Please put in subject line PPZ: DOD, and tell us where you heard about our Call for Bloggers.
Thanks again, and the hunt for zombies is on!
Yep there are two more coming your way.
In 2009, readers gobbled up the Globe and Mail's and international best seller PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES faster than zombies eat brains. Yet, in the midst of their ravenous reading, audiences began asking questions: Where did the zombies come from? How did Elizabeth Bennet develop such quality martial-arts skills? Thus, a prequel! PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES: DAWN OF THE DREADFULS, by Steve Hockensmith, is an all-new work of fiction inspired by Jane Austen’s beloved characters that gives readers the answers they’ve been looking for—and more.
SENSE AND SENSIBILITY AND SEA MONSTERS coauthor Ben H. Winters is back with an all-new collaborator, legendary Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy, and the result is ANDROID KARENINA (due in stores July)—an enhanced edition of the classic love story, now set in a dystopian world of robots, cyborgs, and interstellar space travel.
The other two in the series, available at your local bookstore and online:
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