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Acclaimed writer to celebrate book launch in Cobble Hill

Benjamin Percy will appear at BookCourt on May 7 to celebrate the release of his new novel “Red Moon.” Photo by Jennifer May

Benjamin Percy’s latest novel, “Red Moon” (Grand Central Publishing; On-Sale: May 7, 2013), is an explosive and deeply layered literary thriller set in the American West. The book has 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.” Percy will be appearing in Brooklyn on May 7 for a reading and book launch party at Cobble Hill’s BookCourt.

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.” The novel’s unforgettable characters, grisly action, and gripping storyline will have readers tearing through the pages and relishing the prose.

Percy’s May 7 book launch party will begin at 7 p.m. BookCourt is located at 163 Court St. in Cobble Hill.

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, Refresh (Graywolf Press, 2007) and The Language of Elk (Carnegie-Mellon University Press, 2006; re-released in e-book format by GCP, 2013). 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.

April 30, 2013 - 10:15am


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