Conner Habib with Jarret Middleton — Hawk Mountain: A Novel

"Hawk Mountain is deft horror, made of precise strikes into our most vulnerable psychic terrain… Finally, a horror story that knows cisheteropatriarchy is the villain!" —Andrea Lawlor


Third Place Books welcomes Conner Habib—host of the popular podcast Against Everyone with Conner Habib—to our Ravenna store! Join Habib for a discussion of his debut novel Hawk Mountaina fast-paced novel of deceit and suspense following the story of an English teacher re-encountering his high school bully seemingly by chance (but nothing is ever by chance). Habib will joined in conversation with Jarret Middleton, author of Darkansas. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required in advance.

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About Hawk Mountain. . .

An English teacher is gaslit by his charismatic high school bully in this tense story of deception, manipulation, and murder. 

Single father Todd is relaxing at the beach with his son, Anthony, when he catches sight of a man approaching from the water’s edge. As the man draws closer, Todd recognizes him as Jack, who bullied Todd relentlessly in their teenage years but now seems overjoyed to have “run into” his old friend. Jack suggests a meal to catch up. And can he spend the night?

What follows is a fast-paced story of obsession and cunning. As Jack invades Todd’s life, pain and intimidation from the past unearth knife-edge suspense in the present. Set in a small town on the New England coast, Conner Habib’s debut introduces characters trapped in isolation by the expansive woods and the encroaching ocean, their violence an expression of repressed desire and the damage it can inflict. Both gruesome and tender, Hawk Mountain offers a compelling look at how love and hate are indissoluble, intertwined until the last breath.


Praise for Hawk Mountain. . .

"The tension is palpable on every page, and Habib skillfully illustrates the complexity of relationships and the pain of unmet desires, both queer and otherwise. His prose is as brutal as it is profound and beautiful. . .A brutal and gorgeous tale of manipulation, control, and desire."
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Tender, horrifying, utterly transfixing."
Kelly Link, author of Get in Trouble

"The opening lines of Hawk Mountain plummet you into an atmosphere of creeping dread and precarious restraint that won’t let up until the final, shocking moments."
Caitlin Doughty, author of Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

"Hawk Mountain is deft horror, made of precise strikes into our most vulnerable psychic terrain. . .Finally, a horror story that knows cisheteropatriarchy is the villain!"
Andrea Lawlor, author of Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl

Conner Habib hosts the podcast Against Everyone with Conner Habib, which covers topics like punk rock, philosophy, pornography, and occultism. His writing has appeared in CR Fashion BookBest Gay StoriesSlate, and The Stranger. He lives in Dublin, Ireland. For more information, visit the author’s website: (Photo credit: Al Higgins)

Jarret Middleton is the author of Darkansas (Dzanc Books), voted one of the ‘Best Books of the Year’ by Book Riot, Unbound Worlds, Powell’s, and Barnes & Noble. He was the founding editor of Dark Coast Press and the classics library Pharos Editions, an imprint of Counterpoint/Soft Skull Press. His work has appeared widely in print and online. He lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and twin sons.

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