Andrew Shaffer is a humorist and New York Times bestselling author whose works include Syfy's How to Survive a Sharknado and Other Unnatural DisastersGreat Philosophers Who Failed at Love, and the Goodreads Choice semifinalist Fifty Shames of Earl Grey. 

He has appeared as a guest on FOX News, CBS, and NPR, and has been published in Mental Floss, Maxim, and The Daily Beast, among others. He has professionally reviewed romance, erotica, and women's fiction for RT Book Reviews magazine.

He has written in multiple genres, including humor, horror, and nonfiction.

Shaffer attended the Iowa Writers’ Workshop for a summer semester and studied comedy writing at Chicago's The Second City. An Iowa native, Shaffer lives in the Pacific Northwest, a magical land of flannel and craft beer.

He is the owner and creative director of Order of St. Nick, the greeting card company whose cards have been featured on The Colbert Report.

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"Every bit as amusing (and straight-faced) as the film franchise that spawned it." — Entertainment Weekly on How to Survive a Sharknado and Other Unnatural Disasters

"Witty.... Clever...." — USA Today on How to Survive a Sharknado and Other Unnatural Disasters

"The literary equivalent of a good Saturday Night Live skit." — The Hollywood Reporter on Fifty Shames of Earl Grey

"Un-American." — Stephen Colbert on Order of St. Nick greeting cards

Select Bibliography

The Shelf On the Elf: Holiday Leftovers (Order of St. Nick, 2014)

How to Survive a Sharknado and Other Unnatural Disasters (Three Rivers Press and Random House Audio, 2014)

Literary Rogues: A Scandalous History of Wayward Authors (Harper Perennial, 2013)

Fifty Shames of Earl Grey (Da Capo Press and Tantor Audio, 2012)

Great Philosophers Who Failed at Love (Harper Perennial, 2011)

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Mental Floss • Maxim • Time • The Daily Beast • RT Book Reviews • Book Riot • The Huffington Post • The Rumpus • Suicide Girls • The Philosophers' Magazine • Scratch


Goodreads Choice Awards Semifinalist (Fifty Shames of Earl Grey, 2012)