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Brian Evenson


(b.1966)

aka B K Evenson

Brian Evenson received an O. Henry Award for his story "Two Brothers" and has twice received O. Henry honorable mentions. In 1995 he received an NEA Fellowship; that same year he was told by Brigham Young University that if he continued to write fiction in the same vein as his first book, he would be fired. Instead, Evenson chose to leave of his own free will to teach at Oklahoma State University. He now teaches in the creative writing program at Brown University.
 

Awards: WFA (2020), Jackson (2020)  see all

Genres: Horror, Science Fiction, Fantasy
 
New and upcoming books
September 2024

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Good Night, Sleep Tight
 
Novels
   Father of Lies (1998)
   Dark Property (2002)
   The Open Curtain (2006)
   Last Days (2009)
   Immobility (2012)
   The Deaths of Henry King (2016) (with Jesse Ball)
   After the Animal Flesh Beings (2023)
   Good Night, Sleep Tight (2024)
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Collections
   Altmann's Tongue (1994)
   The Din of Celestial Birds (1997)
   Contagion (2000)
   The Wavering Knife (2004)
   Fugue State (2009)
   Windeye (2012)
   A Collapse of Horses (2016)
   Future Dreams (2018) (with others)
   Whose Future Is It? (2018) (with others)
   Song for the Unraveling of the World (2019)
   The Glassy, Burning Floor of Hell (2021)
   Pluto in Furs 2 (2022) (with others)
   None of You Shall Be Spared (2023)
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Novellas and Short Stories
   The Brotherhood of Mutilation (2003)
   The Warren (2016)
   Solution (2020)
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Series contributed to
HALO Collections
   Evolutions (2009) (with others)
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Brian Evenson recommends
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Roxy and Coco (2024)
Terese Svoboda
"Existing at the sweet spot between Rachel Ingalls's Mrs. Caliban, Donald Barthelme's Snow White, and James Purdy's I Am Elijah Thrush, Roxy and Coco plucks a creature out of myth to bring it into our present - and does so in a way that keeps a steady eye on the flaws of our own weird moment. Rarely has fantastic fiction managed to say so much so deftly about the real while still offering a terrific, strange, and highly original read."
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Midnight Self (2023)
Adrian Van Young
"An outstanding collection that skitters from a strange and gigantic skin thing to an oddly transforming doll, from a house that its owner can't stop building to a house that consumes whoever it wants, from the uprising of the past Civil War dead to the rejuvenation of future semi-artificial animals, without ever giving the reader safe ground to stand on. MIDNIGHT SELF is filled with well-written, provocative terrors, and it is well worth the read."
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Knock Knock, Open Wide (2023)
Neil Sharpson
"Irish mythology melds with family damage and a decidedly contemporary love story in this deftly told novel. Circling around one of the most terrifying versions of a child's TV program in fiction, Knock, Knock, Open Wide has a remarkable ability to reveal the cracks in reality which, if we're not careful, we can be pushed through, landing in a darker-hued reality that huddles snarling beneath."

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Awards
2020 World Fantasy Award for Best Collection : Song for the Unraveling of the World
2020 Shirley Jackson Award for Single-Author Collection : Song for the Unraveling of the World

Award nominations
2019 Ray Bradbury Prize (nominee) : Song for the Unraveling of the World
2018 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Short Fiction (nominee) : The Second Door
2017 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novella (nominee) : The Warren
2013 Shirley Jackson Award for Single-Author Collection (nominee) : Windeye
2013 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novel (nominee) : Immobility
2010 World Fantasy Award for Best Collection (nominee) : Fugue State
2010 Shirley Jackson Award for Single-Author Collection (nominee) : Fugue State
2010 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novel (nominee) : Last Days
2010 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel (nominee) : Last Days
2010 Locus Award for Best Collection (nominee) : Fugue State
2007 Edgar Award for Best Paperback original (nominee) : The Open Curtain


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