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Father of Lies

A novel by Brian Evenson

Is the devil in Eldon Fochs? Is he a sexual psychopath? Or is the church protecting him to blame?

February 2016
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 | 216 Pages
Trade Paper

ISBN: 978-1-56689-415-9.



Provost Eldon Fochs may be a sexual criminal. His therapist isn’t sure, and his church is determined to protect its reputation. Father of Lies is Brian Evenson’s fable of power, paranoia, and the dangers of blind obedience, and a terrifying vision of how far institutions will go to protect themselves against the innocents who may be their victims.


Praise for Brian Evenson

“Evenson’s literary genius lay in his ability to spread reasonable doubt and blur lines of inquiry.”—New York Journal of Books

“Father of Lies stands out among Evenson’s work as the most institutionally critical, morally unsettling.”—VICE

“[Father of Lies is] packed with the kind of psychological tension that creates classics and a critique of organized religion that’s too loud, clear, and sharp to ignore.”—Horror Talk

“[Evenson's] scary fictional treatment of church hypocrisy has the feeling of a reasoned attack on blind religious obedience.”—Publishers Weekly

Praised by Peter Straub for going “furthest out on the sheerest, least sheltered narrative precipice,” Brian Evenson has been a finalist for the Edgar Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the World Fantasy Award and the winner of the International Horror Guild Award, the American Library Association’s award for Best Horror Novel, and one of Time Out New York’s top books. The recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and three O. Henry Prizes, Evenson lives in Providence, Rhode Island, where he directs Brown University’s Literary Arts Program.