William Blake Crouch (born October 15, 1978) is an American novelist, short-story writer, and screenwriter. Crouch is best known for his Wayward Pines Trilogy, which was adapted into the 2015 television series Wayward Pines for FOX, produced by M. Night Shyamalan. Crouch was born near the piedmont town of Statesville, North Carolina in 1978. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated in 2000 with degrees in English and Creative Writing. Crouch published his first two novels, Desert Places and Locked Doors, in 2004 and 2005. His stories have appeared in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, Thriller 2, and other anthologies. In 2016, he released his novel, Dark Matter and in 2019, published Recursion, which became a NYT Bestseller and was named 'One of the Best Books of the Year' by Time. In all, he has written more than a dozen novels that have been translated into over thirty languages. Crouch lives in Colorado with his family.