- Title: North Border
- Author: Benjamin Percy and Francesco Francavilla
- Genre: Occult Horror
- Publication Date: 14 June 2022
- ISBN or ASIN: B0B2KPB5JN
- Number of Pages: 99
North Border is a terrifying story by renowned novelist Benjamin Percy that features pictures by world-renowned artist Francesco Francavilla.
The Minnesotan state’s northern border is wooded and lake-lined, permeable, and mostly unattended, making it a hub for drug trafficking and human smuggling. Crossers are viewed as a menace, particularly recently when the community of Witch River Falls has been on edge due to a string of violent, frightening murders. With a mortgage to pay, a child on the way, and few other options, Daniel Bridgewater recently lost his job at the mine.
It would seem obvious to submit an application when the Border Patrol announces a hiring drive, but Daniel, who is half-white and half-Chippewa, is conflicted about guarding a border he doesn’t entirely support. But he must provide for his family, so he accepts the job, a divided person in a divided nation. He soon finds himself caught between the opposing interests of his fellow agents and a local cartel. In this tale of social, political, and cultural conflict, everyone seems to want to use Daniel, and when his family is abducted, he will have to turn into the monster to battle the monsters all around him.
About the Author
BENJAMIN PERCY is the author of three story collections, a book of essays, and six novels, the most recent of which being The Unfamiliar Garden (William Morrow). For Marvel Comics, he is the writer of Wolverine, X-Force, and Ghost Rider. He co-wrote the movie Summering and is currently turning Urban Cowboy into a Paramount Plus television series (a selection of the 2022 Sundance Film Festival). In addition to Esquire, where he serves as a contributing editor, his fiction and nonfiction have appeared in GQ, Time, Outside, Men’s Journal, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Paris Review. The Whiting Award, the Plimpton Prize, two Pushcart Prizes, an NEA fellowship, the iHeartRadio Award for Best Scripted Podcast, and inclusion in Best American Short Stories and Best American Comics are just a few of his accolades.
About the Illustrator
The New York Times bestselling author and Eisner and Eagle Award winner Francesco Francavilla is most known for introducing his distinctive neo-pulp style to the comics industry, which includes everything from horror to superheroes and science fiction. Francesco has contributed to critically praised horror programmes like Batman: The Black Mirror, Afterlife with Archie, and Night of the Ghoul. In addition to writing and illustrating The Spirit by Will Eisner, he is also illustrating his own creator-owned comic book, The Black Beetle. Additionally, he does movie posters, record covers for films and music, concept art and storyboards for television and film, as well as editorial illustrations for a range of books and periodicals. He was born and reared in Italy, and now he, his gorgeous partner Lisa, and their two kitties reside in Atlanta, Georgia.
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One thought on “Featured Book: “North Border” by Benjamin Percy and Francesco Francavilla”
The subject of immigration is near and dear to my heart. It’s a complex sociopolitical issue, and I wonder how this author will explore it, especially with such conflicting interests as the main character seems to have. And I love art, so illustrations are always a plus.
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