Bracken MacLeod

Bracken MacLeod is the author of Mountain Home, White Knight, and most recently, Stranded, which has been optioned by Warner Horizon Television. His short fiction has appeared in several anthologies and magazines including Shock Totem, LampLight, ThugLit, and Splatterpunk. He has worked as a trial attorney, philosophy instructor, and as a martial arts teacher. He lives in New England with his wife and son, where he is at work on his next novel.

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“You won’t find any goblins or ghouls in this book. Bracken MacLeod’s brand of horror is far more insidious than any jump scare or gore-a-thon. In the stories of 13 Views of the Suicide Woods, MacLeod strips the genre down to its bare essentials. He cuts right to the heart of what humans fear most—loneliness, helplessness, desperation—with subtle and poetic prose that will raise goosebumps before you even realize you are afraid. ‘MacLeod’s characters, who are often working-class people with dangerously low expectations of life, remind me of the doomed protagonists of Cornell Woolrich’s novels and stories, those hapless folks for whom everything, elaborately and implacably, sooner or later goes wrong,’ a review in the New York Times Book Review quipped, adding, ‘Sounds like horror to me.'”
—Cassidy Faust, Literary Hub

“4 of 5 stars. [T]he good stories herein are really, really good, and more than make it worth the price of admission.”
Michael Patrick Hicks

“The short fiction of another up-and-comer, Bracken MacLeod, feels far more horrific to me, although there’s almost nothing of the supernatural in his superb new collection. . . . There are pieces here that nod to distinguished ancestors like Ambrose Bierce’s ‘An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,’ Flannery O’Connor’s ‘A Good Man Is Hard to Find’ and Shirley Jackson’s ‘The Lottery’—but none of those are conventional things-that-go-bump-in-the-night horror, either. What those stories, and MacLeod’s, have in common is a stifling sense of fatality, of people trapped in situations over which they have no control. And the power of inescapable fate is the essence of horror: the feeling for which every monster, large or small, is just a metaphor.”
The New York Times

“MacLeod’s prose is rich in detail, adding depth and color to each tale.”
Publishers Weekly

“MacLeod’s work . . . takes you to unexpected places and conclusions. You might laugh at a really bad decision and its denouement, smirk at the comeuppance of a vile character, cheer at well-deserved vengeance, or feel utterly despondent. It’s up to you to decide what you feel, and where. But then, that’s part of the fun of 13 Views of the Suicide Woods; it is an emotional treasure hunt.”
Diabolique Magazine

“A compelling collection of dark literature . . . [C]onsuming and highly entertaining. The blood is heavy and it is often.”
Unnerving Magazine

“I read the first story and couldn’t put the book down. MacLeod writes short fiction with the same powerful voice he uses for longer work, and the result is commanding literature that dances between genres and can go from poetic to sad to creepy to bizarre in just a couple of lines.”
—Gabino Iglesias, LitReactor

“A fine account and progression of a writer that is on an upward trajectory in the field of dark fiction. . . . 13 Views of the Suicide Woods is a fine, fine collection indeed. One you’d be foolish not to read.”
—The Ginger Nuts of Horror

13 Views of the Suicide Woods is a masterpiece collection of sorrows and horror . . . impactful and raw, never holding back where other[s] might. . . . MacLeod is a true talent and a master.”
—iHorror.com

“Bracken MacLeod writes dark, human stories of horror and modern noir. Absolutely one of the brightest stars of the next generation!”
—Christopher Golden, New York Times bestselling author of Snowblind and Ararat

“MacLeod’s stories begin with a familiar sense of normalcy—the night out at the club, the visit to a friend’s home—but quickly nosedive into the sublimely weird and horrific, leaving his reader breathless and dazed. These tales are jagged, sharp, and will definitely leave a mark.”
—John Mantooth, author of The Year of the Storm, Shoebox Train Wreck, and Heaven’s Crooked Finger

“Beauty, anger, and the grotesque. These are the three ingredients I demand as a reader of dark fiction, and they are three that MacLeod provides in just the right amounts in this collection. An absolute stunner.”
—Adam Cesare, author of The Summer Job and Zero Lives Remaining

Stranded is a smart, surprisingly moving, first-rate thriller that chucks Martin Cruz Smith’s Polar Star down a Twilight Zone-esque rabbit role. Don’t mind my mixing metaphors because me fumbling around for proper words of praise is what the talented Bracken MacLeod has wrought.”
—Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and Disappearance at Devil’s Rock