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Universal Harvester

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Universal Harvester
The cover of Universal Harvester
First edition cover
AuthorJohn Darnielle
Cover artistRodrigo Corral and Alex Merto
Set inNevada, Iowa[1]
PublisherFarrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date
February 7, 2017
Publication placeUnited States
Media typePrint

Universal Harvester is a novel by the American novelist and singer-songwriter John Darnielle. It is the second novel written by Darnielle, after Wolf in White Van.[2] It tells the story of a video store clerk in Iowa who finds strange and disturbing clips recorded over the store's VHS tapes.

The New York Times Book Review described the novel as "effortlessly sketching modest lives in the green, empty expanses of the heartland" and noted "ultimately the novel doesn't belong in the horror aisle".[3]

Universal Harvester was released on February 7, 2017.[2]


  1. ^ Tidemann, Michael (March 28, 2017). "Book review: 'Universal Harvester' a literary harvest set in Iowa". Des Moines Register. Estherville, Iowa. Retrieved August 23, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Kaye, Ben (August 1, 2016). "Mountain Goats' John Darnielle details new novel, Universal Harvester". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved October 3, 2016.
  3. ^ Hill, Joe (February 17, 2017). "Doctored Videos Disturb the Inhabitants of a Midwestern Town". New York Times. Retrieved August 23, 2019.

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