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About the Author
Conner Habib hosts the podcast Against Everyone with Conner Habib, which features conversations with artists, intellectuals, and countercultural figures, and covers topics as wide-ranging as punk rock, philosophy, pornography, and occultism. His nonfiction writing has appeared in multiple online and print magazines. He lives in Ireland. Hawk Mountain is his first novel.
A deeply disturbing yet, somehow, soaring novel I won't soon forget. It plumbs the depths of traumatized characters trapped within our damaging culture. I couldn't look away, even when I was looking from between my fingers.--Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and The Pallbearers Club
The opening lines of Hawk Mountain plummet you into an atmosphere of creeping dread and precarious restraint that won't let up until the final, shocking moments.--Caitlin Doughty, bestselling author of Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
Hawk Mountain is deft horror, made of precise strikes into our most vulnerable psychic terrain... Finally, a horror story that knows cisheteropatriarchy is the villain!--Andrea Lawlor, author of Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl
Conner Habib writes with [a] hallucinatory precision, and a kind of merciless humanity, about the poisonous work of repression. His forebears--Poe, Highsmith, even classical tragedy--are clear, but his originality is clearer still. Hawk Mountain is a work of strange, glittering darkness.--Mark O'Connell, author of Notes from an Apocalypse
Dripping with menace from the first page, this story of childhood enemies meeting up fifteen years later is utterly enthralling.... [C]ompelling, shocking, and beautiful.--Liz Nugent, author of Lying in Wait
A brilliantly disturbing, expertly crafted literary noir that will stick with you long after you put it down. Conner Habib has written a flawless meditation on the fruitless, but eternally human, effort to kill off the parts of ourselves we cannot love--literally and metaphorically. I love this book.--Sara Gran, author of The Infinite Blacktop
A moving and unflinching portrayal of a man caught in a trap of his own making, but willing to do almost anything--to almost anybody--if it will keep him from having to face up to himself. Hawk Mountain is a wonderfully bleak and beautifully written debut.--Brian Evenson, author of Song for the Unraveling of the World
Tender, horrifying, utterly transfixing.--Kelly Link, author of Get in Trouble
Habib brings rich psychological insight to his characters, expertly observing how the conflicts of youth persist into Todd and Jack's present. ...[T]his dramatic tale soars.-- "Publishers Weekly"
The tension is palpable on every page, and Habib skillfully illustrates the complexity of relationships and the pain of unmet desires, both queer and otherwise. His prose is as brutal as it is profound and beautiful. ...A brutal and gorgeous tale of manipulation, control, and desire.-- "Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"
This heart-pounding thriller will have readers furiously turning pages...this gorgeous debut affirms [Habib's] stunning gift for dissecting humanity.-- "Booklist (starred review)"