“If there’s a more thoroughly brilliant and exciting new writer than Blake Butler, . . . well, there just isn’t.” — Dennis Cooper

“Blake Butler, mastermind and visionary, has sneaked up and drugged the American novel. What stumbles awake in the aftermath is feral and awesome in its power, a fairy tale of an ordinary family subjected to the strange, lonesome agony known as daily life.” — Ben Marcus

300,000,000 establishes Blake Butler as our premier literary shaman. . . . [It] draws us into the darkest circles of human motivation. You’ll think about it daily and return to it compulsively; it will leave you with fever dreams of the highest possible resolution.” — Alissa Nutting

 

* In 2019, Riverhead will release Butler's fourth novel, Alice Knott.

 

Fiction

300,000,000 (Harper Perennial, 2014) “This book is the poetry of insanity. Hugely beautiful and monstrously disturbed. I love it, and Blake Butler’s mad criminal mind.” — Warren Ellis “This book is like a Rorschach blot made of blood. All my darkest visions appeared there. Blake Butler’s work is not for the faint of heart. And I mean that as a high compliment.” — Jenny Offill - review at NPR - review at LA Times - review at Creative Loafing - review at The Millions - review at The Rumpus - review at Electric Literature - review at Full Stop - review at Kirkus - review at Cornell Sun - profile/review at The Lifted Brow - playlist at Dazed - interview at The Believer - interview at Decoder - review/interview at Dead End Follies - interview at Berfrois - interview at Time Out NY - interview at VICE

300,000,000 (Harper Perennial, 2014)

“This book is the poetry of insanity. Hugely beautiful and monstrously disturbed. I love it, and Blake Butler’s mad criminal mind.” — Warren Ellis

“This book is like a Rorschach blot made of blood. All my darkest visions appeared there. Blake Butler’s work is not for the faint of heart. And I mean that as a high compliment.” — Jenny Offill

- review at NPR
- review at LA Times
- review at Creative Loafing
- review at The Millions
- review at The Rumpus
- review at Electric Literature
- review at Full Stop
- review at Kirkus
- review at Cornell Sun
- profile/review at The Lifted Brow
- playlist at Dazed
- interview at The Believer
- interview at Decoder
- review/interview at Dead End Follies
- interview at Berfrois
- interview at Time Out NY
- interview at VICE

Ever (Calamari Press, 2009) "Within the psychic architecture that is EVER, Blake Butler explores the way bodies swell and contract, going from skin to house and back again. And the way houses too shrink to fit us first like clothing and then like skin and then tighter still. The result is a strange, visionary ontological dismemberment that takes you well beyond what you'd ever expect." — Brian Evenson "Blake Butler is a daring invigorator of the literary sentence, and the room-ridden narrator of his debut novella, EVER, nerves her way into a hallucinative ruckus of rousing originality." — Gary Lutz "In EVER—as in, indicating any time in the past or future-light is entropic; "the sky could lift your skin off"; domestic rituals are anamorphotic mind fucks granting "no exit method"; and doors won't open even when you don't try. Articulating viscera, ever inside, Butler's narrative dispatches are enclosed between parentheses like unfinished houses, the pages opening out occasionally into exquisitely burnished fields of imagery. Much in the way minerals are pushed up past the mantle by core collisions, EVER reads to me like new evidence, delicate gear that allows us to glimpse a place we've always lived but still don't know." — Miranda Mellis

Ever (Calamari Press, 2009)

"Within the psychic architecture that is EVER, Blake Butler explores the way bodies swell and contract, going from skin to house and back again. And the way houses too shrink to fit us first like clothing and then like skin and then tighter still. The result is a strange, visionary ontological dismemberment that takes you well beyond what you'd ever expect." — Brian Evenson


"Blake Butler is a daring invigorator of the literary sentence, and the room-ridden narrator of his debut novella, EVER, nerves her way into a hallucinative ruckus of rousing originality." — Gary Lutz


"In EVER—as in, indicating any time in the past or future-light is entropic; "the sky could lift your skin off"; domestic rituals are anamorphotic mind fucks granting "no exit method"; and doors won't open even when you don't try. Articulating viscera, ever inside, Butler's narrative dispatches are enclosed between parentheses like unfinished houses, the pages opening out occasionally into exquisitely burnished fields of imagery. Much in the way minerals are pushed up past the mantle by core collisions, EVER reads to me like new evidence, delicate gear that allows us to glimpse a place we've always lived but still don't know." — Miranda Mellis

Nonfiction

Collaborative Work

One (w/ Vanessa Place & Christopher Higgs) (Roof Books, 2012) - interview at Brooklyn Rail

One (w/ Vanessa Place & Christopher Higgs) (Roof Books, 2012)

- interview at Brooklyn Rail

14 Dreams of Death (w/ Ken Baumann & M Kitchell) (Solar▲Luxuriance, 2012)

14 Dreams of Death (w/ Ken Baumann & M Kitchell) (Solar▲Luxuriance, 2012)

Anatomy Courses (w/ Sean Kilpatrick) (Lazy Fascist Press, 2012) - review/interview at Ploughshares

Anatomy Courses (w/ Sean Kilpatrick) (Lazy Fascist Press, 2012)

- review/interview at Ploughshares

In Translation

Nada (Alpha Decay, 2012)

Nada (Alpha Decay, 2012)

El Atlas de Ceniza (Alpha Decay, 2013)

El Atlas de Ceniza (Alpha Decay, 2013)