debut novel, IN THE VALLEY OF THE SUN, was a finalist for the 2017 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel, This is Horror's Novel of the Year, and the 2018 Edinburgh International Book Festival's First Book Award. His second novel, THE BOATMAN'S DAUGHTER, will be published in 2020 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. He holds an MFA in fiction from the University of Mississippi. Born and raised in Arkansas, he makes his home in Georgia, where he teaches college English.
He lives with his wife and a bunch of cats.