Author(s): Kenneth Calhoun
"...a black moon had risen, a sphere of sleeplessness that pulled at the tides of blood - and invisible explanation for the madness welling inside." The world has stopped sleeping. Restless nights have grown into days of panic, delirium and, eventually, desperation. But few and far between, sleepers can still be found - a gift they quickly learn to hide. For those still with the ability to dream are about to enter a waking nightmare. Matt Biggs is one of the few sleepers. His wife Carolyn however, no stranger to insomnia, is on the very brink of exhaustion. After six restless days and nights, Biggs wakes to find her gone. He stumbles out of the house in search of her to find a world awash with pandemonium, a rapidly collapsing reality. Sleep, it seems, is now the rarest and most precious commodity. Money can't buy it, no drug can touch it, and there are those who would kill to have it. Kenneth Calhoun's dark, hallucinatory and brilliantly realised debut confronts one of our deepest needs - and fears - with style, vision and a very human heart.
Imagine a world without sleep. A world driven to the brink of exhaustion. A waking nightmare.
"Black Moon is the kind of book I envy as a writer, and seek out as a reader -- a novel of ideas wrapped in an gripping, expertly constructed story, full of feeling and intelligence. Kenneth Calhoun has his own distinctive voice, a voice I hope (and expect) to be hearing more from in years to come" Charles Yu, author of Sorry Please Thank You
Kenneth Calhoun has published short fiction in The Paris Review, Tin House, and the 2011 Pen/O. Henry Prize Collection, among others. He has been awarded the Italo Calvino Prize for Fabulist Fiction and the Summer Literary Seminars/Fence Magazine fiction contest. He is a Graphic Design professor at Lasell College in Boston. Black Moon is his first novel.