Panio Gianopoulos is the author of the novella, A FAMILIAR BEAST, a #1 indie bestseller and Amazon Best Book of the Month, and the forthcoming story collection HOW TO GET INTO OUR HOUSE AND WHERE WE KEEP THE MONEY. His writing has appeared in Tin House, Northwest Review, Salon, Chicago Quarterly Review, The Brooklyn Rail, The Rattling Wall, Big Fiction, Catamaran Literary Reader, and The Los Angeles Review of Books, among others.
A recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship for nonfiction literature, he has been included in the anthologies THE BASTARD ON THE COUCH, COOKING AND STEALING: THE TIN HOUSE NONFICTION READER, and THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF EXES.
He received his B.A. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and his M.B.A. from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business. A veteran of the publishing industry, he has worked at Crown Publishers, Talk Miramax Books, Bloomsbury USA, and Palindrome Media, which he co-founded. Currently, he is the Editorial Director of Heleo. He lives with his family in New York.
"Impressively taut and meticulously drawn. As we follow Marcus from reckoning to something like redemption, Gianopoulous's wisdom and humanity light up this darkly comic, bittersweet journey. Here is a gifted writer in full control of his craft- and impact. A FAMILIAR BEAST is a perfectly-executed shot through the heart." - Jean Nathan
In the wake of an affair that has cost him his marriage and career, Marcus is a lost man. Desperate for reprieve from his loneliness and regret, he accepts an invitation to go to the outskirts of North Carolina and visit Edgar, an old high school classmate burdened with mysterious troubles of his own. In Edgar's beautiful, empty home, their separate sorrows draw Marcus into a series of unnerving situations, culminating in a proposed deer hunt. Marcus agrees, despite his inexperience and aversion to killing, and as the hunt draws closer, he must confront the violent prospect with a candor and recognition that have, until now, evaded him. Elegant and darkly moving, A FAMILIAR BEAST is a haunting tale of a man's search for redemption.