First edition cover
|Cover artist||Rodrigo Corral and Alex Merto|
|Set in||Nevada, Iowa|
|Publisher||Farrar, Straus and Giroux|
|February 7, 2017|
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. 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".
Universal Harvester was released on February 7, 2017.
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