Sam Stall






THE BACKLIST

 

Night of the Living Trekkies

 

      Journey to the final frontier of sci-fi zombie horror! Jim Pike was the world's biggest Star Trek fan -- until two tours in Afghanistan destroyed his faith in the human race. Now he sleepwalks through life as the assistant manager of a small hotel in downtown Houston. But when hundreds of Trekkies arrive in his lobby for a science fiction convention, Jim finds himself surrounded by costumed Klingons, Vulcans, and Ferengi -- plus a strange virus that transforms its carriers into savage, flesh-eating Zombies!

        As bloody corpses stumble to life and the planet teeters on the brink of apocalypse, Jim must deliver a ragtag crew of fan boys and fan girls to safety. Dressed in homemade uniforms and armed with prop phasers, their prime directive is to survive. But how long can they last in the ultimate no-win scenario?

        Fast, funny, and loaded with countless references to Star Trek, geek culture, and science-fiction conventions, Night of the Living Trekkies, offered by Quirk Books, is a worthy accompaniment to the publisher's other terrifying top-sellers, including Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children.

 

The Critics Rave! And Moan!

 

Publishers Weekly

Starred Review

"Science fiction geekdom meets the zombie apocalypse in this engaging and genuinely funny parody. Disillusioned army vet Jim Pike is home from Afghanistan and working as a "glorified bellhop" in a hotel in Houston that's preparing to host hundreds of Star Trek fans for GulfCon, the "biggest all-Trek con in the South." The already surreal convention turns nightmarish when convention-goers begin turning into cannibalistic zombies. As tricorder-wielding flesh-eaters overrun the city, Pike and a small band of survivors, armed with Klingon bat'leths and Vulcan lirpas, must find a way to escape. The fusion of campy zombie-powered storyline, abundant Star Trek trivia, and hilarious one-liners makes this an utterly unforgettable read that will be cherished by Trekkies, Trekkers, and horror fans alike."

 

Library Journal

"Tom Stoppard's play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead looks at Hamlet from the viewpoint of two minor characters on the sidelines. This book has the same kind of feel, as if a big-budget zombie blockbuster is being played out in Houston and we're watching the effects on a small group, filmed with shaky hand-cams and cell phones. Setting a zombie novel at a Star Trek convention could have been dreadful, but it really works, with multifaceted characters and a plot that's funny but not ridiculous. Geeky in-jokes abound, including chapter titles taken from the names of Star Trek episodes. BZG Trekkie zombies are alien invaders in the form of an infectious agent."

 

The Washington Post

"... offers plenty of wit with its alien-infested corpses."

 

        NOTLT is available anyplace in the Federation where fine books (and downloads) are sold. Click

here for a sample from the audiobook, and here to see the book's senses-shattering video trailer. Also, talk to other zombie/trek fans at facebook.com/nightofthelivingtrekkies.

The South Park Episode Guide Seasons 6-10

        South Park continues to be one of the best-loved and most intensely controversial shows on television. Routinely pushing the envelope, it generates headlines while shocking and satisfying its enormous fan base. The animated series about four 4th graders—Cartman, Stan, Kyle, and Kenny—has been a critical triumph and a regular ratings monster since it premiered.

        Inside this guide readers will find entertaining, informative, and colorful descriptions of every episode of South Park from Season 6 through 10. Each entry is presented in full-color, featuring detailed plot descriptions, character sketches, pointless observations, pop-culture references, memorable lines, character debuts, body counts, behind-the-scenes info, colorful screen grabs, and more. Even die-hard fans are bound to learn something new while reliving countless hilarious moments. Order here!

The South Park Episode Guide Seasons 1-5

        Obsessively comprehensive details about all 79 episodes from the first five seasons of South Park are complied right here in this book. The original artwork is featured right beside outrageous and titillating facts about each show. Find out all the “behind the scenes” information, including what celebrities got the full South Park treatment. Indulge in “pointless observations” and reminisce as you read all the “pop culture references” from the first five years of this groundbreaking series. If you’re not a hardcore South Park fan when you buy this book, you will be once you’ve read it. Order here!

CSI: An Interactive Mystery

        For years TV audiences have thrilled to the adventures of CSI—the hit crime drama about a team of Las Vegas crime scene investigators. Now readers can "play detective" along with Gil Grissom and his team with CSI: The Interactive Mystery. In the tradition of The Crimes of Dr. Watson and Dracula's Heir, this book features an original mystery novella along with eight removable clues for the reader to study. As our story opens, famed real estate developer Mel Bledsoe is found murdered in his ultra-tacky Las Vegas McMansion. A state-of-the-art home security system offers images of the murder and its aftermath—but not nearly enough to identify whodunit.
        Readers will have to study all the evidence recovered at the crime scene (including a blood-spattered booklet, a shredded document, architectural blueprints, and more) to discover the killer. Can you read the story, study the clues, and solve the crime? Order here!

Dracula’s Heir: An Interactive Mystery

        In 1897, Archibald Constable & Company published Bram Stoker's Dracula, the most famous horror novel of all time. For reasons still widely debated by critics, the first chapter of Dracula was cut just weeks before publication. Here, it becomes the central clue in a spine-tingling interactive mystery. Dracula's Heir begins ten years after the horrific events described in the original novel. Jonathan and Mina Harker are happily married and enjoying life in Bixby, England. Meanwhile, their friend Dr. John Seward is tracking a string of crimes that seems eerily familiar: A 14-year-old girl sleepwalks out of her parent's house and disappears into the night. Two 'accident victims' are found drained of their blood, yet there is no crime-scene evidence to explain what happened.
        As with The Crimes of Dr. Watson, Dracula's Heir features an original novella plus several removable clues, including a private journal, a death certificate, a newspaper, and more. Once you've solved the mystery, you can open the final chapter (sealed at the printer) to test your sleuthing skills. Order here!

Suburban Legends: True Tales of Murder, Mayhem, and Minivans

        As David Lynch and Desperate Housewives have taught us, life in the 'burbs has a dark side—and Suburban Legends offers a creepy guided tour. Here are 60 spooky-but-true tales of haunted housing developments, corpses buried in backyards, UFO sightings, vanishing persons, and more. Illustrated with creepy collages and chilling archival photographs, these spooky suburban legends will feel all too close to home! Order here!

The Encyclopedia of Guilty Pleasures: 1,001 Things You Hate To Love

        What do Neil Diamond, Touched by an Angel, Pamela Anderson, The Boy in the Plastic Bubble, White Castle hamburgers, Benny Hill, Thomas Kinkade, and the song "You Light Up My Life" have in common? They're all guilty pleasures -- and they're all celebrated in this massive A-to-Z encyclopedia. Authors Sam Stall, Lou Harry, and Julia Spalding have unearthed fascinating trivia about literature (Valley of the Dolls, The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue), television (The Real World, Land of the Lost), fashion (Members Only jackets, the WonderBra), and more. Every page features a sophisticated two-column design and handy guide words for quick, at-a-glance reference. Best of all, we've illustrated 100 of the guiltiest pleasures with the same portrait style used by the Wall Street Journal. Complete with 1,001 entries, it's the ultimate guide to everything you hate to love! Order here!

Dirty Words of Wisdom: A Treasury of Classic ?*#@! Quotations

        Dirty Words of Wisdom, written by Sam Stall and Lou Harry, features timeless advice and profound profanity by everyone from Mark Twain and Eleanor Roosevelt to Bernie Mac, Ozzy Osbourne, and Margaret Cho. Complete with inspirational full-color artwork and plenty of uncensored, unexpurgated advice, Dirty Words of Wisdom is a literary heirloom that your family will cherish for generations. Order here!

As Seen On TV: 50 Amazing Products and the Commercials That Made Them Famous

        Do you want thicker, fuller, more lustrous hair? A smaller waistline and a bigger bustline? How about sharper cutlery, six-pack abs, and thighs that can crack a walnut? If you answered "yes" to these questions, you need As Seen on TV -- a photographic history of 50 amazing products that are not available in any store. Here are the incredible true stories of Ginsu Knives, Chia Pets, the Veg-o-Matic, K-Tel Records, the ThighMaster, and dozens of other favorites.

        But that's not all! You'll also receive expert analyses of the products, interviews with celebrity pitch people, and more than 100 color photographs. Order now, and we'll even throw in a chapter on the George Foreman Grill -- absolutely free!

        As Seen on TV is an inspiration to entrepreneurs of all ages, and a wacky trip down memory lane for couch potatoes everywhere. Order here!

The Dog Owner’s Manual: Operating Instructions, Troubleshooting Tips, and Advice on Lifetime Maintenance

        Pee stains on the carpet. Barking at all hours of the night. That embarrassing thing he does with your leg. It's enough to make you cry out, "Why doesn't my dog have an owner's manual?" And now, thankfully, he does. Through step-by-step instructions and helpful schematic diagrams, The Dog Owner's Manual explores hundreds of frequently asked questions: Which breeds interface best with children? How can I program my model to fetch? And why is its nose always wet? Whatever your concerns, you'll find the answers right here -- courtesy of celebrated veterinarian Dr. David Brunner and acclaimed author Sam Stall. Together, they provide plenty of useful advice for both new and experienced dog owners. Order here!

The Cat Owner’s Manual: Operating Instructions, Troubleshooting Tips, and Advice on Lifetime Maintenance

        Scratch marks on your furniture. Dead mice on your doorstep. Stray hairs all over your clothes and pillowcases. It's enough to make you cry out, "Why doesn’t my cat come with an owner s manual?" Well now she does. Through step-by-step instructions and helpful schematic diagrams, The Cat Owner's Manual explores hundreds of frequently asked questions: Which breeds interface best with dogs? How can I maintain a quality exterior finish? And why does my model always drink from the bathtub? Whatever your concerns, you'll find the answers here -- courtesy of celebrated veterinarian Dr. David Brunner and acclaimed author Sam Stall. Together, they provide plenty of useful advice for both new and experienced cat owners. Order here!

100 Cats Who Changed Civilization: History’s Most Influential Felines

        Every generation sees a few elite cats who rise above their species. Cats who make a difference. Cats who inspire us with their bravery. Cats who broaden the world's understanding of science, history, art, and religion. These are the subjects of 100 Cats Who Changed Civilization, and this book documents the extraordinary true tales of their contributions. Readers will learn about Tibbles, the cat who single-handedly wiped out an entire species; Felix, the first cat to explore outer space; Snowball, the cat who helped to convict dozens of murderers; Ahmedabad, a Siamese kitten who sparked riots throughout Pakistan; and many more. 100 Cats Who Changed Civilization is the biography these fine felines deserve. It’s essential reading for pet lovers and history buffs of all ages. Order here!

100 Dogs Who Changed Civilization: History’s Most Influential Canines

        Every dog has its day, but these 100 canines raced ahead of the pack to alter the very course of world history. In 100 Dogs Who Changed Civilization, readers will discover the inspiring true tales of canines who’ve contributed to scientific advancement, influenced geopolitical events, inspired great works of art, and saved the lives of their famous masters. These astounding pooches include Biche, the Italian Greyhound who started a war between France and Prussia; Seaman, the Newfoundland who saved explorers Lewis and Clark from near-certain death; Sergeant Stubby, the most decorated war dog in U.S. history; Laika, the first earthling of any kind to go into orbit; Hachiko, an Akita whose devotion to his dead master made him a Japanese national hero; and many more. 100 Dogs Who Changed Civilization is the perfect gift for dog lovers and history buffs alike. Order here!

The Good, the Bad, and the Furry: Choosing the Dog That’s Right For You

        What's the perfect dog for you? It depends on your lifestyle. Are you a couch potato or an athlete? A city slicker or a suburbanite? Do you suffer from allergies? Are you paranoid about security? The Good, the Bad, and the Furry offers the inside poop on the world’s most popular breeds—and describes which ones are right for you. Stall has consulted with dozens of breed rescue groups to learn the best—and worst—perks, quirks, and personality traits of more than 100 different breeds. Complete with more than 100 whimsical illustrations, The Good, the Bad, and the Furry makes choosing the right dog a snap!

        This book is also available in a special Barnes & Noble edition called Choosing the Dog That’s Right For You: The Good, the Bad, and the Furry. Order here!

The Worst-Case Scenario Pocket Guide: Dogs

        Co-authored with David Borgenicht, creator of the bestselling Worst-Case Scenario series, this slim volume offers tips on how to quickly overcome various canine-created crises, from removing poop stains to giving your furry friend the Heimlich maneuver. Order here!