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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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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.
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
The best is back! Wolverine has been through a lot. He’s been a hero and a killer. An X-Man and an Avenger. He’s been to hell and back. Now, as the nation of Krakoa brings together all mutantkind, can he finally be…happy? Wolverine finally has everything he ever wanted — and everything to lose. Writer Benjamin Percy and legendary WOLVERINE artist Adam Kubert bring the best there is to his new home! But the worst is never far away — whether it’s Omega Red, Lady Deathstrike, Sabretooth or Doctor Cornelius. And Wolverine must make an unlikely alliance when he finds himself targeted by…Dracula?! But the Flower Cartel might have enlisted the deadliest foe of all: Wolverine himself. Logan is about to find himself at the heart of a conspiracy that threatens to darken the Dawn of X!
The first drumbeats of war begin to sound! Ever since her injuries at the hands of the mutant-hating Xeno group, Domino's luck has been changing…for the worse! Can she track down the source of her misfortune before it costs mutant sympathizers all over the world their lives? And has Colossus, who has suffered traumas of his own, healed enough to help her — or even himself? Elsewhere, in the heart of South America, X-Force finds a growing problem that threatens to destroy everything they've built — and one of their own might be responsible! Logan soon brings back valuable intel to X-Force: The non-treaty nation of Russia is working to undermine Krakoa and may be aligned with Xeno! Will Colossus side with Krakoa or his compatriots?
They live among us.
They are our neighbors, our mothers, our lovers.
When government agents kick down Claire Forrester's front door and murder her parents, Claire realizes just how different she is.
Patrick Gamble was nothing special until the day he got on a plane and hours later stepped off it, the only passenger left alive, a hero.
Chase Williams has sworn to protect the people of the United States from the menace in their midst, but he is becoming the very thing he has promised to destroy.
So far, the threat has been controlled by laws and violence and drugs. But the night of the red moon is coming, when an unrecognizable world will emerge...and the battle for humanity will begin.
“Jump on the bus for a wild ride.” —Comicosity
Being a Teen Titan isn’t so easy these days. Not only has their sweet Titans Tower HQ been destroyed, but the team is struggling under the leadership of Robin. Damian Wayne may be the son of Batman and a brilliant tactician, but his interpersonal skills are not strong.
Now the Titans are at a crossroads—Robin wants to recruit new members, while the rest of the team want to give Kid Flash a second chance after he seemingly betrayed them to join Deathstroke.
It’s all getting to be too serious for the one Teen Titan who just wants to have fun. But when Beast Boy leaves the team to join up with a bleeding-edge underground tech collective, he soon finds that sometimes fun can be deadly.
Someone needs to save Beast Boy from himself...but in their current shape, the Teen Titans might not be up to the task!
This collection from writer Benjamin Percy (Green Arrow) and artists Khoi Pham (X-Force) and Scot Eaton (Aquaman) also features a Starfire spotlight by her co-creator, Marv Wolfman (New Teen Titans)! Collects Teen Titans #13-14, #16-19 and a story from DC Holiday Special 2017.
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!
The war in Iraq empties the small town of Tumalo, Oregon, of men—of fathers—leaving their sons to fight among themselves. But the boys' bravado fades at home when, alone, they check e-mail again and again for word from their fathers at the front.
Often from fractured homes and communities, the young men in these breathless stories do the unthinkable to prove to themselves—to everyone—that they are strong enough to face the heartbreak in this world. Set in rural Oregon with the shadow of the Cascade Mountains hanging over them, these stories bring you face-to-face with a mad bear, a house with a basement that opens up into a cave, a nuclear meltdown that renders the Pacific Northwest into a contemporary Wild West. Refresh, Refresh by Benjamin Percy is a bold, fiery, and unforgettable collection that deals with vital issues of our time.
Change is on the horizon. A new technologist sets his sights on Blüdhaven, creating a holographic, interconnected city where everyone is an individual and part of a larger network. It's the internet made physical. Gentrification on gigabyte-laced steroids. But when this new utopia encroaches on his turf, Nightwing starts to uncover a sinister plot based not on revenge...but on a reckoning.
Incoming creative team of horror novelist and Green Arrow alumn Benjamin Percy and artist Chris Mooneyham (Boom Studios's Planet of the Apes) will take Nightwing on a digital nightmare that will have long-lasting ramifications for the DC Universe in NightwingVol. 7! This great new jumping-on point is perfect for readers wanting to catch up with Dick Grayson! Collects #44-49 and Annual #1.