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Author: Gretchen Felker-Martin



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Cuckoo is a searing new novel from Manhunt author Gretchen Felker-Martin, where a motley crew of kidnapped kids try to stay true to themselves while serving time in a conversion...

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Cuckoo is a searing new novel from Manhunt author Gretchen Felker-Martin, where a motley crew of kidnapped kids try to stay true to themselves while serving time in a conversion camp from hell.

In the late 90s, five queer kids, whose parents want them “fixed,” find themselves thrown together at a secretive "tough love" camp deep in the scorching Utah desert.

Tormented and worked to the point of collapse by hardline religious zealots intent on straightening them out, they slowly become aware that something in the mountains north of the camp is speaking to them in their dreams, and that the children who return home to their families have...changed.

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Praise for Manhunt

#1 Best Book of 2022 (Vulture) • A Best Horror Novel of All Time (Cosmopolitan) • One of the Best Horror Novels of 2022 (Esquire, Library Journal, Paste, and CrimeReads) • A Top 10 Horror Debuts of 2022 (Booklist) • A Goodreads Choice Award nominee for Best Horror A Best Book of 2022 ( • A Best SFF Book of 2022 (Gizmodo)

Manhunt is sublime horror – gory, impeccably written, a condemnation and a celebration with a cast of incredibly flawed, deeply interesting characters.... By far the best book I've read this year. You should read it and share it with all your friends and enemies.” —Roxane Gay

“Disgustingly rendered and brilliantly imagined…. A fresh, stomach-turning take on gendered apocalypse.” —NPR

"A filthy, furious delight; within its tense, gruesome premise live roundly human characters, with big, unwieldy emotions. It’s a shockingly tender exploration of genders and bodies, of violence as a part of nature, of the way love is a tool of survival." —The New Yorker

"It’s a book that almost no one will finish without finding something that shocks, appalls, or angers them, but anyone with the balls to tackle a truly transgressive horror novel will find much to savor."—Esquire

"The book is timely, visceral, grotesque, unflinching, and unexpectedly fun, full of sex and gore and messy, beautiful humanity."—Vulture

“A grisly, gory, glorious work of splatterpunk social horror — and the perfect introduction to both subgenres.” —Bustle

"The most unique perspective on one of the most well-trodden genres of the past several years, Manhunt takes no prisoners in its twisted tale of transgender and non-binary people in a post-apocalyptic wasteland."—Buzzfeed

"A masterful genre-bending horror novel, Manhunt is a must read."—The Observer (UK)

“Felker-Martin’s horror chops are top-notch.... A ballsy postapocalyptic tale.” —Publishers Weekly

“A sensual, tender, honest, and inspirational story of imperfect but well-meaning people banding together in an attempt to not only survive but thrive.” —Library Journal, STARRED review

“An audacious dystopian story ... destined to be one of the year’s most talked-about novels.” —Electric Lit

“Highly recommended for those looking for particularly upsetting or disturbing horror fiction.” —Booklist, STARRED review

“Reading this book was like tonguing a live wire; I loved every moment and I still haven’t recovered. As erotic as it is devastating, as brilliant as it is visceral, Manhunt is a modern horror masterpiece.” —Carmen Maria Machado, bestselling author of In the Dream House

“It’s beautifully written, a barbed hook that will dig deep and split you open.” —Cassandra Khaw, USA Today bestselling author of author of Nothing But Blackened Teeth

“An iconic masterpiece of modern fiction. Dark and vicious. Visceral and uniquely devastating....I loved every second of it.” —Eric LaRocca, author of Things Have Gotten Worse Since Last We Spoke

“Felker-Martin can write: Manhunt expertly drops one political target after another, breaks your heart with nearly every character, and keeps up a relentless velocity— all while just being plain fun as hell.” —Torrey Peters, author of Detransition, Baby

Manhunt is a celebration of trans people and a literary blitzkrieg against TERFocracy. Timely and necessary, this is extreme horror that says something. Listen to it.” —Gabino Iglesias, author of The Devil Takes You Home

“A unique, brain-searing nightmare that's full-on teeth and claws, and all heart too.” —Hailey Piper, author of Queen of Teeth

“Taut, visceral, terrifying. A gripping tale of trans survival, rendered in Felker-Martin’s exquisite, uncompromising prose. You can’t turn the pages fast enough.” —David Demchuk, author of Red X

“Every ten years or so, a horror novel comes along that pushes the genre to terrifying new heights. Manhunt is such a novel. An emotional buzzsaw of a book that left me shaken.” —Brian Keene, bestselling author of The Rising and End of the Road

Manhunt is a razor-sharp novel, and Felker-Martin is here to raise the bar for post-apocalyptic fiction. Prepare to take a bite that will stain your jaws red.” —Meg Elison, author of The Book of the Unnamed Midwife

“Equal parts terrifying and transgressive, every page of this thrilling novel drips with blood, ichor, and other bodily fluids. Manhunt will grab you by the throat on page one and won't let go until the end.” —Lincoln Michel, author of The Body Scout

“A must-read for fans of post-apocalyptic horror. Felker-Martin's prose is stellar, her characters are compelling, and her novel's pace is tremendous.” —Lucy A. Snyder, Bram Stoker-Award winning author of Sister, Maiden, Monster

"Manhunt is the sexiest, angriest, most deeply felt, and most urgent take on the zombie apocalypse I've ever read. It's a breathless wonder."—Emily V Gordon

“I hope that as many people as humanly possible read Manhunt. It gives you a deep gift of human understanding and empathy through nearly indescribable body horror and mortal terror.” —Felix Biederman, New York Times bestselling author of The Chapo Guide to Revolution

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