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Benjamin Percy

USA flag (b.1979)

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.

Genres: Horror

   The Language of Elk (2006)
   Refresh, Refresh (2007)
   Suicide Woods (2019)
   This Side of the Divide (2023) (with Day Al-Mohamed, Kate Bernheimer, Dominique Dickey, Tessa Fontaine, Yuri Herrera, Ken Liu, Isle McElroy and Willy Vlautin)
   Hurst (2015)
   The Wereworld (2021)
Non fiction
   Thrill Me (2016)
Benjamin Percy recommends
Caring Is Creepy (2012)
David Zimmerman
"As the danger steadily escalates, the sentences unspooling like a detonator line that sizzles toward an explosive, unforgettable ending."
Hyde (2014)
Daniel Levine
"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."
Gifts for the One Who Comes After (2014)
Helen Marshall
"The very best kind of unsettling."
The Killing Kind (2015)
(Michael Hendricks, book 1)
Chris Holm
"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."
Scrapper (2015)
Matt Bell
"Matt Bell does not write sentences-he writes spells."
Mongrels (2016)
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)
Ezekiel Boone
"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."
Halcyon (2018)
Rio Youers
"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
"[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)
Bob Proehl
"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)
Danielle Trussoni
"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)
Kevin Brockmeier
"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)
Brenda Peynado
"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."
How High We Go in the Dark (2022)
Sequoia Nagamatsu
"You can try to compare Sequoia Nagamatsu to George Saunders or Charlie Kaufman or David Mitchell, but his is a singular voice and this is a book so original and wondrous and reality-shredding that it defies easy summary or categorization, like a dream that feels more vivid than life. Arctic plagues! Euthanasia theme parks! Hotels for the dead! Talking pigs! Interstellar starships! It's brave and prescient, completely bananas and yet absolutely moving, packed with humor and heart. I loved it."
The Flock (2022)
J Todd Scott
"We live in a world of bent truths, tribal divisions, and conspiring realities - and you'll find a dark, mesmerizing reflection of this in J. Todd Scott's latest thriller, The Flock. Scott writes with a terse poetry and builds a relentlessly paced plot, but it's the superbly drawn characters who will wreck you in the best possible way."

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