Suicide Woods: Stories

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5.5 X 0.6 X 8.2 inches | 0.6 pounds
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About the Author

Benjamin Percy is the author of four novels -- The Dark Net, The Dead Lands, Red Moon, and The Wilding -- as well as three short story collections -- Suicide Woods, Refresh, Refresh, and The Language of Elk. His essay collection, Thrill Me, is widely taught in creative writing classrooms. In 2021, his sci-fi trilogy, The Comet Cycle, will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; it has been optioned by the Russo brothers (Avengers: Infinity War) for development.

He broke into comics in 2014 with a two-shot Batman story for Detective Comics. He is known for his celebrated runs on Wolverine, Nightwing, Green Arrow, Teen Titans, and James Bond. His scripted podcast series -- Wolverine (produced by Marvel and Stitcher ) -- is now in its second season. It was listed as one of the top fifteen podcasts of the year by Apple and won the iHeart Radio Award for Best Scripted Podcast.

His fiction and nonfiction have been published by Esquire, GQ, Time, Men's Journal, Outside, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and the Paris Review. His honors include the Whiting Award, the Plimpton Prize, the Pushcart Prize, an NEA fellowship, and inclusion in Best American Short Stories and Best American Comics. Read more about him here:


"Twisted and thorny and beautiful. . . . A small masterpiece."--The New York Times Book Review

"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

"Every story is individual and utterly captivating."--Newsweek

"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)

"Benjamin Percy's new collection, Suicide Woods, is a total nightmare -- in the best way possible. . . . Percy lures readers into a world that is part real, part surreal. . . . This merging of reality and dream states has a powerfully unsettling effect . . . but Percy nestles shimmers of hope in the dark forest . . . . Above all, the language throughout is remarkable: sharp and stinging, yet replete with desolate, hypnagogic beauty."--Washington Independent Review of Books

"[Suicide Woods] is a fine reminder of what happens when a writer taps into their penchant for the outright fantastical, and the unsettling stories that can arise as a result."--Tor Magazine

"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

"The virtue of this collection lies in its super-refined telling, thanks to Percy's efforts to break through the barriers between genre fiction and literature."--BookPage

"Like modern Grimm fairy tales, the stories in this volume are cautionary and haunting."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"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

"Percy's stories are atmospheric, concise, and at times terrifying, and he leads readers into unexpected revelations and visceral violence."--Booklist

"Suicide Woods deals in a shivery fear, a dreamlike unease, a sense of eldritch hallucinations creeping toward us. I love this book."--Luis Alberto Urrea

"Fiction doesn't get more red in tooth and claw than this. Every page drips, every story leaves you bleeding."--Stephen Graham Jones