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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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$16.00
ISBN
978-1-64445-006-2
Format
Paperback
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Pages
208
Trim Size
5.5 x 8.25
A spine-tingling new collection of stories from the acclaimed author of Thrill Me and The Dark Net

About the Author

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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Praise

  • “Percy’s haunting, well-crafted prose frequently elevates the mundanity and isolation of being human into something otherworldly in his genre-bending collection [Suicide Woods]. . . . This gripping, often unnerving collection showcases Percy’s talent as a skilled, versatile storyteller.”Publishers Weekly
     
  • “Like modern Grimm fairy tales, the stories in this volume are cautionary and haunting.”—Kirkus, starred review
     
  • “An addictive mix of gritty crime fiction and otherworldly horror. . . . Percy's prose is exacting, finely tuning the atmospherics that give the collection such an eerie overall feeling. . . . Suicide Woods is a testament to Percy's skill as a writer. He takes no shortcuts in eliciting thrills. The collection is by turns provocative and terrifying.”Shelf Awareness
  • “Percy’s mastery of the horror and thriller genre, paired with his literary fiction background, create complex storylines and even more complicated characters. . . . Each story is alive—equal parts disturbing and satisfying, and his words will stay with you long after you finish the last page.”—Minnesota Monthly
     
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