Quirk Books

Quirk Books is an American independent book publisher based in Philadelphia.

Quirk Books
FounderDavid Borgenicht
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationPhiladelphia
DistributionPenguin Random House Publisher Services
Publication typesBooks
Official websitewww.quirkbooks.com


Quirk Books was founded in 2002 by David Borgenicht, co-author of The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook. Quirk publishes 25 books every year across a variety of genres.


In 2009, the company released Seth Grahame-Smith's Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which remained on The New York Times bestseller list for more than 50 weeks. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies currently has more than one million copies in print and has been translated into 25 languages. Ben H. Winters's Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, the follow-up title to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, became a New York Times bestseller in September 2009. The 2010 prequel to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Steve Hockensmith's Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls, was also a New York Times bestseller.

As of 2017, Ransom Riggs's Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2011) has spent more than 108 consecutive weeks on the New York Times bestseller list for Young Adult fiction.[1] In January 2014, Quirk released the sequel, Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, followed by the third book, Library of Souls: The Third Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children in September 2015.

Quirk published the New York Times bestseller William Shakespeare's Star Wars by Ian Doescher in 2013. Sequel William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back Star Wars Part the Fifth was released in 2014 and was a New York Times bestseller. A third book, William Shakespeare's The Jedi Doth Return, was released in 2014.


  1. ^ "New York Times Bestsellers: Young Adult Fiction". The New York Times. 2017. Retrieved 20 February 2017.

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Android Karenina

Android Karenina is a 2010 parody novel written by Ben H. Winters and based on Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. The novel is a mashup, adding steampunk elements to the Russian 19th-century environment of Anna Karenina, a book first published in 1877.

The book has the same main couples as Tolstoy's – Anna Karenina and Count Vronsky, and Kitty Shcherbatskaya and Konstantin Levin. Their society is high-tech, with servant-robots performing tasks all the way from pest control to education of children; the robots love their humans and are governed by the Iron Laws of Robot Behavior. Both Anna's husband and a terrorist group of scientists are opposed to widespread ownership of robots. The book also has time travel, space travel, aliens, and monsters.

Winters previously wrote Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters (2009), another parody novel.

Countdown City

Countdown City is a 2013 American soft science fiction mystery novel by Ben H. Winters. It is the sequel to The Last Policeman and follows the exploits of former detective Henry Palace as he investigates the disappearance of Brett Cavatone, the husband of his childhood nanny, Martha. The book is set in a world preparing for the impact of 2011GV1, an asteroid that will wipe out humanity, which will occur in 77 days, within the archipelago of Indonesia. As with The Last Policeman, Countdown City examines the psychological, cultural and metaphysical consequences of the apocalypse.

Date with Destiny Adventure

The Date with Destiny Adventure series comprises two short novels of interactive fiction published by Quirk Books in 2003 that parodied the Choose Your Own Adventure series. Both books featured covers and interior designs similar to those of the old Choose Your Own Adventure books, but have adult themes. The first book, Night of a Thousand Boyfriends, is similar to the television show Sex and the City, and the second book, Escape From Fire Island, is set on Fire Island, part of which is a famous gay resort.

Hollow City (novel)

Hollow City is a 2014 dark fantasy novel and a sequel to Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children written by Ransom Riggs. It was released on January 14, 2014 by Quirk Books. The novel is set right after the first, and sees Jacob and his friends fleeing from Miss Peregrine's to the "peculiar capital of the world", London.

Japanese citrus

A number of citrus fruits are grown in or strongly associated with Japan. Many of these fruits are of Chinese origin, but have been modified or specially bred for cultivation in Japan.

Library of Souls

Library of Souls is a sequel to 2014 novel Hollow City written by Ransom Riggs and third book in the series of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. It was released on September 22, 2015 by Quirk Books.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is a contemporary fantasy debut novel by American author Ransom Riggs. The story is told through a combination of narrative and vernacular photographs from the personal archives of collectors listed by the author.

This young adult book was originally intended to be a picture book featuring photographs Riggs had collected, but on the advice of an editor at Quirk Books, he used the photographs as a guide from which to put together a narrative. Riggs was a collector of photographs, but needed more for his novel. He met Leonard Lightfoot, a well-known collector at the Rose Bowl Flea Market, and was introduced to other collectors. The result was a story about a boy who follows clues from his grandfather's old photographs, tales, and his grandfather's last words which lead him on an adventure that takes him to a large abandoned orphanage on Cairnholm, a fictional Welsh island.The book has been a New York Times best seller. It reached the #1 spot on the Children's Chapter Books list on April 29, 2012, after being on the list for 45 weeks, remaining there until 20 May, when it dropped to the fourth spot on the list. Critics have generally praised the book for creative use of vintage photographs in the sepia style and surrealist form, as well as good characterization and settings.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is a 2009 parody novel by Seth Grahame-Smith. It is a mashup combining Jane Austen's classic novel Pride and Prejudice (1813) with elements of modern zombie fiction, crediting Austen as co-author. It was first published in April 2009 by Quirk Books and in October 2009 a Deluxe Edition was released, containing full-color images and additional zombie scenes. The novel was adapted into a 2016 film starring Lily James and Sam Riley.


Quirk or Quirks may refer to:

The Quirk, a literary magazine

"Quirks", a song by Ultravox! from the album Ha!-Ha!-Ha!

18376 Quirk, an asteroid

Quirk Books, a Pennsylvania-based publishing company

Quirks mode, a web browser technique for maintaining backwards compatibility

Ransom Riggs

Ransom Riggs (born February 3, 1979) is an American writer and filmmaker best known for the book Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.

Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters

Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters (2009) is a parody novel by Ben H. Winters, with Jane Austen credited as co-author. It is a mashup story containing elements from Jane Austen's 1811 novel Sense and Sensibility and common tropes from sea monster stories. It is the thematic sequel to another 2009 novel from the same publisher called Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. It was first published by Quirk Books on September 15, 2009.

The Brick Testament

The Brick Testament is a project created by Elbe Spurling in which Bible stories are illustrated using still photographs of dioramas constructed entirely out of Lego bricks.

The project began as a website in October 2001 that featured six stories from the book of Genesis, and is completely unaffiliated with the Lego company. There is also a Brick Testament book series.Throughout stories are retold using passages from the Bible, with chapter and verse cited, the wording being a free adaptation that Spurling says is based on a number of public domain Bible translations. Occasionally, mostly when images are being used to contrast with the underlying scripture, Spurling dramatises the images with additional text. Such text is displayed in gray instead of the usual black.

The Last Policeman

The Last Policeman is a 2012 American science fiction mystery novel by Ben H. Winters. It follows a police detective in New Hampshire as he investigates a suicide he believes was really a murder. His efforts are complicated by the social, political and economic effects of preparations for, and anticipation of, an asteroid impact six months in the future.

Winters describes the work as an "existential detective novel", turning on the question of why people do things in spite of their long-term unimportance. He consulted with experts not only in astronomy and police techniques but psychology and economics. The book was well received by critics, and won the 2012 Edgar Award in the category Best Paperback Original. Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura has optioned it for a possible television series. It is the first in a trilogy; Winters published Countdown City, the second volume, in mid-2013. World of Trouble, the final Last Policeman novel, was released in July 2014.

We Sold Our Souls

We Sold Our Souls is a 2018 horror novel by American writer Grady Hendrix. It was first published in the United States in print, ebook, and audiobook formats by Quirk Books on September 18, 2018. The novel centers upon a metal guitarist who discovers that her soul was sold by a former band mate in order to achieve success.

World of Trouble

World of Trouble is a 2014 American soft science fiction mystery novel by Ben H. Winters and published by Quirk Books. It is the third and last installment of the Last Policeman trilogy.

Worst-Case Scenario series

Worst-Case Scenario is the name of a series of merchandise based on a 1999 book written by Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht and published by Chronicle Books. The series first entry, The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook, sold over 10 million copies worldwide and prompted a series of related books, games, calendars, and two television series. Later works have been published via Quirk Books and has been credited with giving the company enough funding to expand.

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