Sydney-based author Ben Peek’s previous novels are Twenty-Six Lies/One Truth, Black Sheep, and Above/Below with Stephanie Campisi. His short fiction has appeared in Steampunk: Revolution, Polyphony, Leviathan, Paper Cities, Aurealis, Overland, Fantasy Magazine, Clarkesworld, and various Year’s Best volumes. He is the creator of the Urban Sprawl Project, a pyschogeography pamphlet given out in the suburbs of Sydney, and with artist Anna Brown, the autobiographical comic, Nowhere Near Savannah. The Godless, the first novel in his series Children, was released by Tor Books in 2014. He lives with his partner, the photographer, Nikilyn Nevins, a cat, and a tree that both paid a lot of money to save. But it is a nice tree, and the man who poured seven litres of copper naphthenate into it, agreed.
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“The strange stories of Australian author Ben Peek resist categorization, freely sampling from elements of horror, postmodern metafiction, SF, alternative history, and fantasy. But then hybridization is one of his main themes, with different selves often occupying the same body, or, confusing matters even more, the same self in different bodies. Making things all the more difficult, and interesting, is the fact that in Peek’s world none of these mixed parts get along.”
—Alex Good, Toronto Star
Dead Americans is a fine short story collection and sure to be one of the best of the year when all is said and done.”
“Ben Peek is a writer I fully expect to blunder out into the scene like a runaway brontosaurus one of these days. He has titanic talent. . . .”
—Jeff VanderMeer, Locus Online