Ben Percy was raised in the High Desert of Central Oregon. He received his BA with Honors from Brown University and his MFA with a teaching fellowship from Southern Illinois University.
Benjamin Percy recommends
Caring Is Creepy (2012)
"As the danger steadily escalates, the sentences unspooling like a detonator line that sizzles toward an explosive, unforgettable ending."
"As dark and twisted and alluring as the night-cloaked streets of nineteenth-century London, this book is as mush a fascinating psychology query as it is a gripping narrative."
The Killing Kind (2015)
(Michael Hendricks, book 1)
"Chris Holm's 'The Killing Kind' is my favorite thriller of the fall lineup. Here's a solid gold premise: an assassin who only kills other assassins. . . . The cat-and-mouse game that follows is pure joy. . . . This novel is so fast-moving, so expertly arranged, every piece fitting together with a well-oiled snap, that it feels weaponized. Read it. Or else."
Stephen Graham Jones
"Mongrels exists somewhere in the borderlands of literary and genre fiction, full of horror and humor and heart, at once a nightmarish road trip and a moving story about a broken family leashed together by their fierce love and loyalty. A bloody great read."
The Hatching (2016)
(Hatching, book 1)
"The Hatching is scary as hell and addictively fun. Check your sheets, spray your basement and attic, flinch away from anything that scurries, because Ezekiel Boone has spun a globe-spanning web of terror that elevates everyone's favourite household baddie--the spider--to the level of supervillain."
Tornado Weather (2017)
Deborah E Kennedy
"Dark and dangerous and strange and wonderful Kennedy writes with the gritty poetry of Daniel Woodrell and misfit sensibility of Flannery O’Connor."
"I'm warning you: stay away from Halcyon if you have a pressing deadline, children that must be fed, dogs that need to be walked. Because it will own you completely and gobble up all your time and focus with its spellbinding sentences, vividly realized characters, furious pacing, and skin-crawling chills. Rio Youers is a master."
The Municipalists (2019)
"[Seth Fried] will make your heart stop and your jaw drop. You will suffer from bouts of thoughtful silence and seizures of hilarity and may even soil yourself with pleasure. Consider yourself warned."
The Nobody People (2019)
(Resonant Duology, book 1)
"The Nobody People is an expertly plotted, morally complex, brilliantly written, adrenaline-fueled adventure into a new dawn of heroes and villains. Hold on tight to this novel, because you're in for a hell of a ride."
Sharks in the Time of Saviours (2020)
Kawai Strong Washburn
"Kawai Strong Washburn has written the great Hawaiian novel. This is the story of a family that becomes the story of the islands. A place that most people don't know outside of glossy postcards and beachside vacations . . . A volcanic powerhouse of a debut."
The Ancestor (2020)
"This smart, suspenseful thriller is at once an age-old tale and a fresh, scarily relevant trapdoor into our current genealogical obsession. Danielle Trussoni has written a biological and narrative labyrinth that you will happily get lost in, even as you question everything you think you know about yourself."
Winter Counts (2020)
David Heska Wanbli Weiden
"WINTER COUNTS is a hell of a gripping debut, perfectly plotted, and David Heska Wanbli Weiden is a major new voice in crime fiction, indigenous fiction, and American literature."
The Ghost Variations (2021)
"In Kevin Brockmeier's The Ghost Variations, the familiar poetry of life gives way to uncanny wonder and startling discoveries, leaving the reader constantly unsettled, as if we found a room in a house where none had been before or woke in the night to a figure standing at the bottom of the bed. There might be a hundred stories in this collection, but there are a million reasons to love Brockmeier, one of literature's greatest living talents, who writes sentences like spells and who elegantly phases between the walls of literary and genre fiction."
The Rock Eaters (2021)
"I love Brenda Peynado's big, beautiful imagination and the way her stories open up whole universes of possibility in only a few vivid pages. She is a magical mindbender--in conversation with Karen Russell and Margaret Atwood--who helps us understand the troubling issues of our world through a speculative lens. The Rock Eaters will put a spell on you."
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