Thrill Me - Benjamin Percy - 10/22/2016 - 3:00pm

Thrill Me


In Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction, his first book of nonfiction, Benjamin Percy challenges the notion that literary and genre fiction are somehow mutually exclusive.  In fifteen essays on the craft of fiction, Percy looks to sources such as Jaws, Blood Meridian, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to discover how contemporary writers engage issues of plot, suspense, momentum, speculation, character, setting, and dialogue. The title essay is an ode to science fiction, fantasy, mysteries, horror, from J. R. R. Tolkien to Anne Rice, Ursula K. Le Guin to Stephen King—the books that make many love fiction in the first place.  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.

Benjamin Percy

Benjamin Percy

BENJAMIN PERCY has won a Whiting Award, a Plimpton Prize, two Pushcart Prizes, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. He is the author of the novels The Dead Lands, Red Moon, and The Wilding, two story collections, and an essay collection, Thrill Me. He also writes the Green Arrow and Teen Titans series for DC Comics. He lives in Minnesota with his family.

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