Grand Central Publishing set to bring you Benjamin Percy’s latest novel, Red Moon (On-Sale Date: May 7, 2013; $25.99; 544 pages) this spring. An explosive and deeply layered literary thriller set in the American West, it’s already been praised by John Irving, who says, “red Moon is a serious, politically symbolic novel — a literary novel about lycanthropes. If George Orwell had imagined a future where the werewolf population had grown to the degree that they were colonized and drugged, this terrifying novel might be it.”
Description: Every teenage girl thinks she’s different. 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 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 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.
Through strong prose and a fresh perspective on the horror genre, Percy crafts a world both familiar and frightening. As Peter Straub says, “Percy has one great advantage over most writers who attempt ‘literary horror’: he understands the literature of real horror from the inside out, and he speaks it like a native.” Red Moon’s unforgettable characters, grisly action, and gripping storyline will have readers tearing through the pages and relishing the prose, as James Lee Burke did: “Benjamin Percy is one of the most gifted and versatile writers to appear in American publishing in years. His degree of craft and natural talent are extraordinary; his ear for language is absolutely perfect. His prose has the masculine power of Ernest Hemingway’s, but also the sensibilities and compassion of Eudora Welty. His writing is like a meeting of Shakespeare and rock ‘n’ roll.”
Benjamin Percy has won a Whiting Writers Award, a Plimpton Prize, two Pushcart Prizes, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. He is the author of the novel The Wilding (Graywolf Press, 2010) and two short story collections, Refresh (Graywolf Press, 2007) and The Language of Elk (Carnegie-Mellon University Press, 2006). His work has appeared in Esquire (where he is a contributing editor), GQ, Time, Men’s Journal, Outside, The Wall Street Journal, The Paris Review, Tin House, and Best American Short Stories.
You can preorder this one through Amazon for only $14.60 here: Red Moon