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Jason Rekulak Named Quirk Books Publisher

Jason Rekulak has been promoted to publisher of Quirk Books. In addition, Brett Cohen has been promoted to president at Quirk Books and David Borgenicht will take the role of Quirk Productions CEO.

Rekulak acquired and edited many of the house’s bestsellers including the mash-up title Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and the young adult novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

A number of other publishing organizations have also announced promotions this week…

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Booked: Optimists Versus Monsters

dreadful.pngToday’s edition of our Booked feature includes monster mash-up writers and publishing optimists in two events located hundreds of miles apart.

Tonight Guy LeCharles Gonzalez, Ami Greko, and Ryan Chapman will host another 7x20x21 event, giving seven industry innovators a chance to show off their projects in quick slideshows. Click here to RSVP for the event at the Bowery Poetry Club in NYC.

If you live in Chicago, check out Quirk Book’s Monster Mash-Up Panel at the C2E2 festival on Friday. Here are more details: “Seth Grahame-Smith, Ben Winters, Steve Hockensmith, and Jason Rekulak: all the masterminds behind the Quirk Classics in one place, for the first time. Ever! If you’re going to C2E2, come by Room E351 on April 16 at 8PM. They will all be there to talk zombies, kraken, robots, more zombies, ninjas, and Jane Austen.”

Booked features the best events that come across our literary radar. Got any suggestions? Send them here. (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of The Dreadfuls image via)

Quirk Books Buys Night of the Living Trekkies

st.jpgQuirk Books continued its pop culture spree that began with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, recently acquiring Night of the Living Trekkies by Kevin David Anderson.

Here’s the pitch: “It’s Galaxy Quest meets Dawn of the Dead when all hell breaks loose at a Star Trek convention–and the world’s only hope for survival rests in the hands of some very determined fanboys!” Quirk Books’ associate publisher Jason Rekulak will edit, and the deal was negotiated by Scott Miller at Trident Media Group.

We caught up with Rekulak to find out why he picked the book. He explained: “I’ve always felt that a giant convention of fanboys (like the San Diego Comic Con) would be a delightful setting for some kind of genre fiction—mystery, romance, horror, something. Then the manuscript for NIGHT OF THE LIVING TREKKIES landed on my desk, and I knew I had my book.”

Pride and Prejudice and Promotions

Following his blockbuster success with the unexpected bestseller, “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” Quirks Books has promoted editorial director Jason Rekulak to associate publisher and creative director.

Earlier this year, GalleyCat interviewed Rekulak about the book, getting tips on building a viral bestseller. The Philadelphia-based publisher opened in 2002, and watched the zombie title climb up the charts. As we reported, the book was followed by “Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters.”

Quirk publisher David Borgenicht had this statement: “I’m thrilled to be able to acknowledge the role he’s been playing here–most recently in his oversight of our acquisitions effort and our creative departments–and even more thrilled that he’s accepted this new title and will be bringing his talent, passion, and spirit to our endeavors in the years to come.”

Quirk-y Assignment Lands Author a Two-Book Deal

Zombie-loving humorist Seth Grahame-Smith landed “a rumored $575,000″ two-book deal with Grand Central Press, according to Publishers Weekly. The first book of the series is tentatively titled, “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.”

Grahame-Smith won Internet fame for his Quirk Books bestseller, “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.” GalleyCat has reported on this viral hit since its inception, including that video interview with a Quirk editor. Meanwhile, PPZ backlash has already begun.

Here’s more from the PW article: “[PPZ] came on assignment from Quirk’s editorial director, Jason Rekulak–he has been lifted into another literary stratosphere. (Quirk currently has more than 120,000 copies in print of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, after publishing the book on April 1.)”