Do you like a good scare? Do you like to hang on to the edge of your seat while sweating in anxiety and anticipation? Do you like to be seriously disturbed and distraught by what you read or watch? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above, Blake Crouch is your guy.
The King of Darkness himself, Stephen King, is great of course. He is one of the most prolific writers of our time. Many of his works have been made into smash-hit blockbusters. His characters are so infused with depth and realism that readers can often forget they are immersed in fiction. But King himself has tipped his hat to the new kid on the block: our friend, Mr. Crouch.
One of the beautiful elements in Crouch’s prose is the diversity with which he composes his craft. He incorporates elements of horror, thriller, science fiction, fantasy, gothic, drama, action, into something truly unique. And some even dare to claim that Crouch is scarier than The King himself.
Origins and Beginnings
Curiously – and somewhat intriguingly – even though Crouch is a superstar in the making, not much is known about his early life. He was born in North Carolina in 1978. He completed degrees in creative writing and English at the University of North Carolina and he now resides in Colorado.
While his college mates were busy pouring over Shakespeare and Milton, he was composing his first masterpiece: Desert Places, which he published in 2004. The book opens with the main character, Andrew Thomas, a famous writer, going through fan-mail. After breezing through some letters, he comes across a cryptic note addressed to him, urging him to look for a disturbing surprise in his back yard. Things spiral downward from there.
The content of the book is simply terrifying – and it’s guaranteed to leave you white-knuckling your chair the whole time. This is the first horror book in a three-part series. But this is just the beginning. Since he started out, he has published over a dozen books.
Horror in Hollywood
In 2015, the series Wayward Pines made its debut. It’s based on another Crouch masterpiece: The Wayward Pines trilogy. The series (and the book) is about a secret service agent that goes to the bucolic town of Wayward Pines in search of two missing federal agents. Again, things helter-skelter from there.
Another freaky feature of Crouch’s writing is the insane twists the plots take. Just when you think you might know what’s up, boom, a plot twist that sends you spinning! We’re talking serious, Fight Club-level twists and turns. Sometimes you have to struggle to keep your cool while riding on Crouch’s turnpikes of terror.
It’s hard to accurately convey how scary, twisty, and truly unique Blake Crouch is. So, he wrote his first book in 2004, the series based on his trilogy came out in 2015, what’s he up to today?
Although we haven’t devoured it yet, his latest book, Recursion, which came out in 2019, looks spectacular. The premise involves a (fictional as far we know) phenomenon called ‘fake memories’. These pathological memories somehow get into peoples’ heads and make them believe they went through things that didn’t happen. For example, a woman remembers fond memories of her son, but unbeknownst to her, he never even existed.
If this sounds interesting, and you like genuinely being horrified and mystified, we strongly suggest that you get your hands on some Crouch work asap.