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Open Curtain

A novel by Brian Evenson

A taut literary thriller investigating the contemporary aftermath of Mormonism’s shrouded and violent past.

February 2016
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 | 270 Pages
Trade Paper

ISBN: 978-1-56689-417-3.



When Rudd, a troubled teenager, embarks on a school research project, he runs across the secret Mormon ritual of blood sacrifice, and its role in a 1902 murder committed by the grandson of Brigham Young. Along with his newly discovered half-brother, Rudd becomes swept up in the psychological and atavistic effects of this violent, antique ritual.


Praise for Brian Evenson

“There is not a more intense, prolific, or apocalyptic writer of fiction in America than Brian Evenson.”—George Saunders

“There’s a touch of the time-shifting of Lost Highway in here, and the colors of Suspiria, and the soundtrack of Burzum’s Hvis Lyset Tar Oss , and a whole other strange register which throughout it all just seems like a calm story dictated to you by a stranger in your sleep.”—VICE

“A contemporary gothic tale about the apocalyptic connection between religion and violence.”—Publishers Weekly

“No matter what book of Evenson’s we’re talking about, a reader might indeed feel like something had been inflicted upon him, after spending time inside Evenson’s books, which are so frequently violent and disorienting, destablizing norms of behavior just as they destabilize identity, place, and memory.”—Believer Logger

“This is one of the bravest, most searching novels I know.”—The Week

Praised by Peter Straub for going “furthest out on the sheerest, least sheltered narrative precipice,” Brian Evenson is the author of ten books of fiction. He 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.