Review: Bedbugs

by Ben Winters
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Quirk Books (September 6, 2011)
ISBN-10: 1594745234
ISBN-13: 978-1594745232

Product description:

FOR RENT: Top two floors of beautifully renovated brownstone, 1300 sq. ft., 2BR 2BA, eat-in kitchen, one block to parks and playgrounds. No broker’s fee.

Susan and Alex Wendt have found their dream apartment.

Sure, the landlady is a little eccentric. And the elderly handyman drops some cryptic remarks about the basement. But the rent is so low, it’s too good to pass up.

Big mistake. Susan soon discovers that her new home is crawling with bedbugs . . . or is it? She awakens every morning with fresh bites, but neither Alex nor their daughter Emma has a single welt. An exterminator searches the property and turns up nothing. The landlady insists her building is clean. Susan fears she’s going mad—until a more sinister explanation presents itself: she may literally be confronting the bedbug problem from Hell.

My thoughts:

Sleep tight don’t let the bed bugs bite

After reading this book, you may find out who your friends really are after requesting a body search for parasites.

I like Quirk Books. They, and other small publishers, give a stiff middle finger to the major publishers who are determined to serve us literary happy meals. Some publishers really seem to be publishing what they love. I can’t help but feel that Quirk gives us titles that they enjoy reading like Winter’s Bedbugs.

Bedbugs is best read in bed, late at night, while a storm is brewing outside. Every odd noise is magnified and a simple sound like an ice-maker dumping will make you jump out of your skin.

One thing I can say about Winters is that he is an excellent writer. The creepy mood of this psychological thriller is perfect. I liked the pace and the supernatural aspect. However, I wish that the ending was a little longer.

I give it 4 1/2 skin crawling stars.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Quirk Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Book trailer: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs.

It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience.

I love the stuff from Quirk!

Android Karenina Blogsplosion

Hey check it out Quirk is having another contest. I love those Quirk books.

This time Quirk is stirring up some press for “Android Karenina” by Ben H. Winters.

All you have to do is leave a comment on their forum

Doing so will automatically enter you to win one of 25 Quirk Books Prize-Packs worth nearly $100, each of which includes: 
o   Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls
o   Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Journal
o   How to Survive a Horror Movie by Seth Grahame-Smith
o   Dracula’s Heir, an Interactive Mystery by Sam Stall
o   Extreme Encounters by Greg Emmanuel
o   An Android Karenina poster
o   A Night of the Living Trekkies poster
Contest closes at June 14 at 5PM EST, and they’ll be announcing winners on June 17 at 12PM EST.
Take a moment to tell them that you came from Gnostalgia and maybe they’ll give me some swag (evil grin).

Irreference » Monster Mash-Up Panel @C2E2


Monster Mash-Up Panel @C2E2

C2E2 is already next week, and we can’t wait! An unprecedented moment in Quirk Books history will occur:

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.

They will be answering questions, signing books, and if we’re lucky, they’ll stand on top of each others’ shoulders, fuse together, and become one giant monster mash-up machine!

What could possibly make this better, besides the possibility of a Mega-Seth-Ben-Steve-Jason-tron? The panel will be moderated by Tasha Robinson of The A.V. Club.

And yes, we’ll be filming it, so stop by and say hi!
For the rest of C2E2, we’ll be at Booth #844, so come by and say hello, and consider the possibility that we may be giving out some pretty cool swag, not to mention selling some new, never-before-seen stuff.

I hope we get to meet you there!

Irreference » Monster Mash-Up Panel @C2E2