John Darnielle's first novel, Wolf in White Van, was a New York Times bestseller, a National Book Award nominee, and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for first fiction, and widely hailed as one of the best novels of the year. He is a writer, composer, guitarist, and vocalist for the band the Mountain Goats. He lives in Durham, North Carolina, with his wife and sons.
`A major work by an author who is quickly becoming one of the brightest stars in American fiction.' * Los Angeles Times * `[S]o wonderfully strange, almost Lynchian in its juxtaposition of the banal and the creepy, that my urge to know what the hell was going on caused me to go full throttle ... [But] Darnielle hides so much beautiful commentary in the book's quieter moments that you would be remiss not to slow down.' * MTV News * `[A] strange and unsettling story ... Think Don DeLillo and David Lynch teaming up to write a book inspired by the Japanese horror movie Ringu.' -- Darragh McManus * Irish Independent * `Darnielle's second novel opens like a dark suspense story; his descriptions of the VHS scenes are written in a deadpan style to evoke maximum dread. But he ultimately pursues a softer and more nuanced exploration of family and loss.' * Kirkus * `[A] taut thriller that captures the zeitgeist of the 90s.' * Culturefly * `A slow-burn mystery/thriller whose characters are drawn together by an eerie discovery ... Darnielle adeptly juggles multiple stories that collide with chaotic consequences somewhere in the middle of nowhere.' * Publishers Weekly (starred review) * `A captivating exploration of the vagaries of memory and inertia in middle America ... [Universal Harvester] serves as a stellar encore after the success of [Darnielle's] debut novel, Wolf in White Van ... Beneath the eerie gauze of this book, I felt an undercurrent of humanity and hope.' * The Washington Post * `[Universal Harvester] starts like a spooky thriller, then opens out into a moving, beautifully etched picture of America's lost and profoundly lonely.' -- Kazuo Ishiguro * The Guardian * `A bewitching and eerily still piece of fiction. Darnielle has a gift for domestic detail and a nimble way of capturing large feelings without dwelling on them.' -- Ben Jeffrey * TLS * `An eerie but lovingly detailed delineation of a landscape that, like all landscapes, is part external reality and part memory ... Darnielle understands that there are things writing can approach but must pass over in silence. He risks those silences; listen.' -- Colin Barett * The Guardian *