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They live among us. They are our neighbors, our mothers, our lovers. They change.

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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Percy is an ace world-builder, creating a massive cast of characters and a surprisingly believable alternate history…Devastating and darkly funny.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “[A] stunning new read.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “A terrifically hairy werewolf novel.”

    Vanity Fair

  • “Percy has a lusty flair for describing destruction…When Claire and Patrick take the field, the book lights up, and the writing possesses a resonant, emotional honesty…The story is imaginative and lots of fun, and it will deservedly charm many readers.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Atmospheric…While some writers of paranormal novels wrap their creatures in romance and comic subplots, Percy has chosen a darker, more literary path. Red Moon is a morality tale cloaked in fur, fangs, and social injustice. Werewolves are the monsters in the story, but the bête noire is humanity’s moral decline.”

    USA Today

  • “Smart and brisk and often poetic…Percy knows how to draw intense, dramatic scenes as the world goes feral.”

    Washington Post

  • “Terrifying and tense.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Audaciously complex and hauntingly composed…[Percy] ballasts his nightmare with a poet’s more natural magic…Fear, this book reminds us, is a beast that’s always hungry.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “It would be tempting, or at least easier, to put Percy’s book in the werewolf subgenre, but Red Moon is much more than that. Dark, bloody, violent, relentlessly grounded in the post-9/11 world and the Pacific Northwest, not without humor but sparing in its application, Red Moon could well serve as the Heart of Darkness of a new, more anxious generation, one that must somehow come to terms with the enemies, real or perceived, who live quietly among us.”


  • “A remarkably rendered speculative history of America, as well as a gripping, grisly horror story…Poetic…In Percy’s plagued fictional reality the allegorical connections to current affairs are complex and clever.”

    Minneapolis Star-Tribune

  • Red Moon is that rare beast, a genre novel that is literary, politically aware, and thought provoking.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “[Percy] deftly negotiates the delicate balance between crafting commentary and a compelling literary creation…A gripping and violent story.”

    Daily Beast

  • “Don’t mistake this book for anything less than a great literary achievement; Red Moon is, in all likelihood, the most well-written werewolf novel you will come across.”

    New York Observer

  • “A remarkably rendered speculative history of America as well as a gripping grisly horror story…Complex, clever, and on occasion wonderfully ironic.”

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

  • “The prose in this page-turner is purposefully cinematic…Reading Red Moon involves a personal connection with a diverse set of characters, some of whom we may recognize. Percy seems to foster this connection, hoping we relate on a grand scale of humanity. He challenges readers to acknowledge a kinship with the enemy and to ‘make yourself heard. Howl.’”


  • “A heady mix of political allegory and urban fantasy…Percy is a skilled writer, able to sympathetically portray both sides of this conflict, never resorting to a good-vs.-evil delineation. His novel examines the themes of race, religion, social injustice, and the war on terror while also providing a provocative update on the werewolf mythos…Those looking for some contemporary politics mixed in with their modern horror will definitely find something to sink their teeth into.”

    Austin Chronicle

  • “A powerfully written alternative history.”

    Tampa Bay Times

  • “Engrossing…Readers shopping for some juicy literary horror…would do well to pick up Benjamin Percy’s Red Moon…A beast of a tale…Tense, slick, and as gory as anything you’ll read. But Percy’s story possesses an unexpected depth, one that forces the reader to hold up a mirror and examine some uncomfortable prejudices.”

    Wisconsin State Journal

  • “This literary thriller by an award-winning young writer will excite fans of modern horror who enjoy a large canvas and a history to go with their bloody action…Fans of Max Brooks’ zombies and Justin Cronin’s vampires will enjoy the dramatic breadth of Percy’s tale of werewolves.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Percy focuses on a trio of engaging and beautifully drawn characters…Percy humanizes the werewolf, turning him from snarling beast into a creature for whom we feel compassion and affection.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Extraordinary…An ambitious, epic novel…Holds a mirror up to contemporary America to reflect its fears and biases.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Spellbinding…Red Moon is a cross between Stephen King and the Michael Chabon of The Yiddish Policeman’s Union…If you haven’t read Percy, get started.”


  • 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.”

    John Irving, New York Times bestselling author

  • “With Red Moon one of our most blazingly gifted young writers stakes his claim to national attention. Benjamin 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. This is a novel with the power to thrill and transport, also to lead the reader well out of her comfort zone and into emotional territory few people have ever seen.”

    Peter Straub, New York Times bestselling author

  • “There’s no other way to say it: Benjamin Percy has written a stunner, a genre-bending novel of suspense and terror but with Percy’s usual force-of-nature language and his deep insights into character. I cannot recommend this novel highly enough, nor could I put it down.”

    Tom Franklin, New York Times bestselling author

  • Selected for the May 2013 Indie Next List
  • Winner of the Barnes & Noble Discover Award
  • A Barnes & Noble Best Book of May 2013
  • An Entertainment Weekly “Must Read”
  • Finalist for the 2014 Audie Award for Best Narration in Paranormal
  • An Amazon Top 100 Book of 2013
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About the Author

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 and two short story collections, Refresh, Refresh and The Language of Elk. Percy lives in Minnesota with his family.