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Suicide Woods

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Benjamin Percy
Benjamin Percy is a versatile and propulsive storyteller whose genre-busting novels and story collections have ranged from literary to thriller to postapocalyptic. In his essay collection, Thrill Me, he laid bare for readers how and why he channels disparate influences in his work. Now, in his first story collection since the acclaimed Refresh, Refresh, Percy brings his page-turning skills to bear in Suicide Woods, a potent brew of horror, crime, and weird happenings in the woods.

A boy in his uncle’s care falls through the ice on a pond and emerges in a frozen, uncanny state. A group of people in therapy for suicidal ideation undergoes a drastic session in the woods with fatal consequences. A body found on a train and a blood-soaked carpet in an empty house are clues to a puzzling crime in a small town. And in a pulse-quickening novella, thrill seekers on a mapping expedition into the “Bermuda Triangle” of remote Alaska are stranded on a sinister island that seems to want them dead.

In story after story, which have appeared in magazines ranging from VQR and Orion to McSweeney’s and Ploughshares, Percy delivers haunting and chilling narratives that will have readers hanging on every word. A master class in suspense and horror, Suicide Woods is a dark, inventive collection packed to the gills with eerie, can’t-miss tales.

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A spine-tingling new collection of stories from the acclaimed author of Thrill Me and The Dark Net

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Benjamin  Percy
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Benjamin Percy is the author of three books of short stories, including Suicide Woods, four novels, and the essay collection Thrill Me. His honors include a fellowship from the NEA, the Whiting Writers’ Award, two Pushcart Prizes, and the Plimpton Prize. He lives in Minnesota.
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  • Finalist for the 2020 Minnesota Book Award for Novel & Short Story
  • “Some of us crave subtler scares, and as Halloween approaches, [Suicide Woods] reminds us that the genre thrives on nuance. . . . This intelligent, entertaining book demonstrates why [Percy has] emerged as one of the more interesting writers working this territory.”San Francisco Chronicle
  • “Mesmerizing. . . . Even in Percy's eeriest tales, compassion and wry humor infuse the narratives. ’Suicide Woods’ is more ‘Stranger Things’ than ‘Twilight Zone,’ closer to King than Kafka, and it's as entertaining as whatever chilling show you're bingeing on Netflix right now.”Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
  • “Like modern Grimm fairy tales, the stories in this volume are cautionary and haunting.”—Kirkus, starred review
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