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About Benjamin Percy
His is the author of four novels -- most recently The Dark Net (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) -- as well as The Dead Lands (Grand Central/Hachette, 2015), Red Moon (Grand Central/Hachette, 2013) and The Wilding (Graywolf Press, 2010). His sci-fi trilogy -- The Comet Cycle -- will begin publishing in 2021 with Book 1: The Ninth Metal (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).
He has published three books of stories -- Suicide Woods (Graywolf Press, 2019), Refresh, Refresh (Graywolf Press, 2007) and The Language of Elk (Grand Central/Hachette 2013; Carnegie Mellon, 2006).
He is also the author of a book of essays -- Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction (Graywolf Press, 2016) -- which is widely taught in creative writing classes.
He broke into comics in 2014 with a two-shot Batman story in Detective Comics, and since then has gone on to write celebrated runs on Green Arrow, Teen Titans, Nightwing, and James Bond. He currently writes X-Force for Marvel as part of the new dawn of X-Men. And his creator-owned comics -- Year Zero and Devil's Highway -- will release in 2020 with AWA Studios.
He wrote the audio drama -- Wolverine: The Long Night (produced by Marvel and Stitcher and starring Richard Armitage as Logan) -- which is currently streaming wherever you listen to podcasts. It was listed as one of the top 15 podcasts of the year by Apple and won the iHeartRadio Award for best scripted podcasts. He also wrote the graphic novel adaptation for Marvel.
His fiction and nonfiction have been read on National Public Radio, performed at Symphony Space, and published by Esquire (where he was a contributing editor for a decade), GQ, Time, Men's Journal, Outside, the Wall Street Journal, the Paris Review, Tin House, Glimmer Train, Ploughshares, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Cemetery Dance, McSweeney's, and many other magazines and journals.
His honors include an NEA fellowship, the Whiting Writers' Award, the Plimpton Prize, two Pushcart Prizes, and inclusion in Best American Short Stories and Best American Comics.
Learn more about him at www.benjaminpercy.com.
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“Take one part dystopia, one part sci-fi, two parts apocalypse, then ride them roughshod through a bleak and bloody western, and it still wouldn't get close to what Ben Percy does here, which is blow open the core of humanity's dark heart.”
—Marlon James, Booker Prize award-winning author of Black Leopard, Red Wolf
“Whether you choose to think of him as the Elmore Leonard of rural Minnesota or the Stephen King of Science Fiction, Ben Percy—with his extraordinary and unrelenting eye—dishes up humanity like some kind of otherworldly blue plate special, at once deeply familiar and wildly new.”
—Margaret Stohl, #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Caster Chronicles
“When Benjamin Percy publishes a novel, I have got to read that novel. The Ninth Metal continues his streak of thrilling, incisive genre bending goodness. It’s a sci-fi novel, a crime novel and a super-hero novel, too. Audacious and intelligent and exactly what I was dying to read.”
—Victor LaValle, author of The Changeling
IT BEGAN WITH A COMET…
At first, people gazed in wonder at the radiant tear in the sky. A year later, the celestial marvel became a planetary crisis when Earth spun through the comet’s debris field and the sky rained fire.
The town of Northfall, Minnesota will never be the same. Meteors cratered hardwood forests and annihilated homes, and among the wreckage a new metal was discovered. This “omnimetal” has properties that make it world-changing as an energy source…and a weapon.
John Frontier—the troubled scion of an iron-ore dynasty in Northfall—returns for his sister’s wedding to find his family embroiled in a cutthroat war to control mineral rights and mining operations. His father rightly suspects foreign leaders and competing corporations of sabotage, but the greatest threat to his legacy might be the US government. Physicist Victoria Lennon was recruited by the Department of Defense to research omnimetal, but she finds herself trapped in a laboratory of nightmares. And across town, a rookie cop is investigating a murder that puts her own life in the crosshairs. She will have to compromise her moral code to bring justice to this now lawless community.
In this gut-punch of a novel, the first in his Comet Cycle, Ben Percy lays bare how a modern-day goldrush has turned the middle of nowhere into the center of everything, and how one family—the Frontiers—hopes to control it all.
Chaos reigns in the Dawn of X! The New Mutants know it's tough adjusting to gaining mutant powers — they've been there — and they're ready to help, no matter how weird and dangerous things may get! But what if a new mutant's awakening is downright nightmarish? Elsewhere, London is burning, and Captain Britain is torn as the country of her birth goes to war with Krakoa! Can Excalibur survive being caught between two worlds? Meanwhile, the Hellions can barely keep from killing one another, let alone take on deadly threats — which is bad news when the Goblin Queen herself, Madelyne Pryor, returns. And she's mad as hell! Plus: When Omega Red seeks amnesty on Krakoa, Wolverine investigates his bitter foe's motives — and what he discovers is pure horror!
Elsewhere, Dick Grayson issues an S.O.S., summoning Robin, Batgirl, Harley Quinn, Killer Croc, Black Canary and Green Arrow to prevent the transformation and terraforming of Gotham City into a twisted mosaic of monsters, magic and doom. When they are trapped in a Riddler-designed maze, all hope may be lost.
And where is Batman during all this? He’s trapped in his own private nightmare, reliving portions of his life while confronting Barbatos, the leader of the evil Batmen and the demon that has haunted his dreams.
These direct tie-ins to the Dark Nights: Metal event are created by many of the architects of the modern DC Universe—including writers Scott Snyder, Joshua Williamson, Robert Venditti, Jeff Lemire, Benjamin Percy, Tim Seeley and Rob Williams, and artists Howard Porter, Liam Sharp, Ethan Van Sciver, Tyler Kirkham, Mikel Janín, Bryan Hitch, Kevin Nowlan, Mirka Andolfo, Paul Pelletier, Juan Ferreyra, Stjepan Sejic, Doug Mahnke, Yanick Paquette and Jorge Jimenez.
Dark Nights: Metal: The Resistance Collects “Gotham Resistance” (Teen Titans #12, Nightwing #29, Suicide Squad #26, Green Arrow #32) and “Bats Out Of Hell” (The Flash #33, Justice League #32-33, Hal Jordan and The Green Lantern Corps #32), plus Batman Lost #1 and Hawkman Found #1.
“Of the Metal tie-in books, this was easily the best one yet.” —IGN
“An exhilarating superhero epic… Metal embraces the grandiosity and playfulness of the past while tapping into deeper themes of family, hope, and redemption.” —A.V. Club
“A lot of greatness in one story.” —Comicosity
Mayhem and murder in the Dawn of X! The X-Men grapple with the events of EMPYRE! As mutants, plant-people, zombies, demons and senior citizens clash, who will be left standing? Meanwhile, the trees are killing the children, and Magneto won't stand for it! Wolverine seeks solace in the Red Tavern — a snowbound, backwoods watering hole where he only wants to guzzle whiskey in peace. But he'll drink his way straight into a twisting-and-turning mystery with one of his most bitter enemies at its heart! And X-Factor takes the case when a mutant dancer at a prestigious ballet academy disappears. But the clues all point to…the Mojoverse!
It began with a comet. They called it Cain, a wandering star that passed by Earth, illuminating the night with a swampy green light and twinning the sky by day with two suns. A year later, Earth spun through the debris field the comet left behind. Suddenly, hundreds of thousands of meteors plummeted into the atmosphere, destroying swaths of electrical grids, leaving shores of beaches filled with deceased sea life, and setting acres of land ablaze. It was then, they say, that the sky fell. It was then that Jack lost Mia.
Five years after the disappearance of his daughter, Jack has fallen. Once an accomplished professor of botany, he’s now a shell of a man who has all but withdrawn from life. Nora, his ex-wife, has thrown herself into her investigative work. Separately, they have each bandaged over the hole Mia left behind.
Just as Jack is uncovering a new form of deadly parasitic fungus in his lab, Nora is assigned to investigate the cases of ritualistic murders dotting Seattle. The rituals consist of etchings—crosshatches are carved into bodies and eyes are scooped out of their sockets. The attackers appear to be possessed.
It only takes a moment—for a sickness to infect, for a person to be killed, for a child to be lost. When Nora enlists Jack to identify the cause of this string of vicious deaths, Jack is quick to help. Together, they fight to keep their moments—the unexpected laughter, the extraordinary discoveries, the chance that Mia could come back home—but they find that what they’re up against defies all logic, and what they have to do to save the world will change every life forever.
Bold new essays on how to craft a thrilling read--in any genre--from the bestselling author of The Dead Lands
Anyone familiar with the meteoric rise of Benjamin Percy's career will surely have noticed a certain shift: After writing two short-story collections and a literary novel, he delivered the werewolf thriller Red Moon and the postapocalyptic epic The Dead Lands. Now, in his first book of nonfiction, Percy challenges the notion that literary and genre fiction are somehow mutually exclusive. The title essay is an ode to the kinds of books that make many readers fall in love with fiction: science fiction, fantasy, mysteries, horror, from J.R.R. Tolkien to Anne Rice, Ursula K. Le Guin to Stephen King. Percy's own academic experience banished many of these writers in the name of what is "literary" and what is "genre." Then he discovered Michael Chabon, Aimee Bender, Cormac McCarthy, Margaret Atwood, and others who employ techniques of genre fiction while remaining literary writers. In fifteen essays on the craft of fiction, Percy looks to disparate sources such as Jaws, Blood Meridian, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to discover how contemporary writers engage issues of plot, suspense, momentum, and the speculative, as well as character, setting, and dialogue. An urgent and entertaining missive on craft, Thrill Me brims with Percy's distinctive blend of anecdotes, advice, and close reading, all in the service of one dictum: Thrill the reader.
“A breath of fresh air.” —CBR
“Each panel feels hand-painted, done in loving detail to convey not just the wonderful action sequences in this story, but also the emotions felt by all three characters as they face their individual journeys.” —Tech Times
As the Green Arrow, Oliver Queen fights tirelessly for social justice in Seattle. But sans crossbow, quiver and arrows, Queen is famous for being a playboy socialite and a high-tech entrepreneur. The dichotomy is clear: How can you fight “the man” when you are “the man”?
That’s a question he must answer—especially after meeting Dinah Lance (a.k.a. Black Canary), a superhero rock star who challenges everything he thought he knew about protecting the innocent. As his romance with Lance deepens, Queen begins to question the elitism and moral outrage that fuels his nighttime vigils.
The events in the first volume of Green Arrow: The Rebirth Deluxe Edition will rattle the Emerald Archer’s status quo and change the way he lives forever. Collects Green Arrow: Rebirth #1 and Green Arrow #1-12, with special bonus material including character sketches, thumbnails and variant covers.
Then a rider comes from the wasteland beyond its walls. She reports on the outside world: west of the Cascades, rain falls, crops grow, civilization thrives. But there is danger too: the rising power of an army that pillages and enslaves every community they happen upon.
Against the wishes of the Sanctuary, a small group sets out in secrecy. Led by Lewis Meriwether and Mina Clark, they hope to expand their infant nation, and to reunite the States. But the Sanctuary will not allow them to escape without a fight.
Part of the most critically acclaimed, best-selling, all-new line of volume one graphic novels, DC Universe Rebirth!
By day he’s Oliver Queen, playboy socialite, CEO of Queen Industries and philanthropic do-gooder. But at night he patrols the streets of Seattle, where he champions the oppressed as a true social justice warrior. He is Green Arrow.
But how can you fight the man when you are the man? That’s the question left with Oliver after an electric, love-at-first-sight encounter with Black Canary, the superhero rock star who challenges everything he thought he knew about protecting the innocent. As if that weren’t enough, a sinister organization with ties to his nearest and dearest prepares to tear down Oliver’s financial empire, destroy his family’ s legacy and end his life.
Without fortune or friends, can Green Arrow defeat this unholy alliance of traitors? Or has death finally caught up with Oliver Queen?
Discover the shocking answers in GREEN ARROW VOL. 1: THE DEATH AND LIFE OF OLIVER QUEEN, the surprise hit series from writer BENJAMIN PERCY (TEEN TITANS), gorgeously illustrated by OTTO SCHMIDT (Korvac Saga) and JUAN FERREYRA (NEW SUICIDE SQUAD) and exploding from the blockbuster DC Universe Rebirth event! Collects GREEN ARROW: REBIRTH #1 and GREEN ARROW #1-5.
Oliver Queen has lost it all. His sister, Emiko, is missing. His vast family fortune has been obliterated. And the entire world believes he’s dead. That’s when his problems really begin.
As he fights to reclaim what he’s lost, Ollie continues patrolling Seattle’s streets as its vigilante guardian. But soon a rash of murders with a deadly accurate archer as the culprit puts the whole city on edge, and Oliver Queen is the prime suspect…
To clear his name, Green Arrow must find the real killer as the Seattle police hunt him down with extreme prejudice. With Black Canary at his side, can Ollie find his target? Or will he and his reputation both end up six feet under?
Collects GREEN ARROW #12-17.
Oliver Queen may have returned to Star City, but it’s not exactly a happy homecoming. His business has been taken over by criminals, and he’s facing murder charges that he may not be able to beat. And even a hero’s welcome from Red Arrow and Black Canary can’t change the fact that Oliver Queen is a wanted man, while villains including Merlyn, Shado, Clock King and more have scores of their own to settle with the Emerald Archer!
Plus, Green Arrow’s mother, Moira, and his supposed murder victim turn out to both be alive, and Ollie takes his battle with the Ninth Circle to an unexpected place: the depths of the ocean! How will Ollie contend with the mighty cult when he’s trapped in their underwater lair?
Green Arrow Vol. 6: Trial of Two Cities hits its target from writer Benjamin Percy (Teen Titans) and on-point artists Juan Ferreyra (New Suicide Squad), Jamal Campbell (Nightwing) and Stephen Byrne (Justice League/Power Rangers)! Collects Green Arrow #33-38.