Nightmare Fuel includes Wylding Hall in "best folk horror" list

In honor of the impending release of Midsommar—director Ari Aster’s follow-up to HereditaryNightmare Fuel, a dark lit newsletter by Tor senior marketing manager Emily Hughes, has included Wylding Hall in a list of best folk horror.

Hall appears alongside Andrew Michael Hurley’s The Loney, Thomas Tryon’s Harvest Home, and Kai Ashante Wilson’s The Devil in America.

The book is written as an oral history, a series of interviews with the surviving band members, their manager, and a journalist who profiled the band that summer, which I love as a narrative choice, because you’re immediately plunged into a plethora of narrators of varying degrees of unreliability. Add that to the fact that the interviews are taking place forty years after the events of the story, and you’ve got a nice haze of uncertainty over what actually happened at Wylding Hall.

You can read the entire newsletter over at Nightmare Fuel on Substack, and subscribe to receive future editions (it’s free!).

Cass Neary series named a touchstone in "hipster mystery" canon

Lisa Levy of Crime Reads has assembled a list of canon texts for what she coins "Hipster Mystery” (or “hipstery”)—crime novels featuring “hipster” characters (are they in a band? were they in a band? do they wear band t-shirts?) or set in notoriously hipster scenes or cities and neighborhoods (Brookyln, East Village, London).

Levy includes the Cass Neary Crime Novels in her canon, citing Cass’s gritty, punk aesthetic, and the scenes Cass finds herself moving through:

In her adventures we not only see underground NYC but the speed metal culture of Scandinavia and Iceland, a 1960s communal Maine idyll gone wrong, and the dank basement clubs of contemporary London.

You can read the entire article over at Crime Reads.

Writing, Punk & Inexplicable Experiences: Elizabeth Hand on This Is Horror Podcast

Elizabeth joined the crew at the This Is Horror Podcast to discuss her first experiences with story, writers that had an effect on her, the punk scene’s influence on her writing, Wylding Hall, PS Publishing—the famous U.K. indie genre publisher—and much more. The interview is split into two parts:

TIH 273: Elizabeth Hand on Creative Writing, Life Lessons, and the Seventies Punk Scene

Elizabeth Hand at ReaderCon, July 11-14

Elizabeth will be a guest at ReaderCon 30, taking place at the Quincy Marriott in Quincy, Massachusetts, July 11-14, 2019. She will be giving a talk titled Henry Darger: Inside America's Best-Known "Outsider" Artist, who is featured in her upcoming novel, Curious Toys.

ReaderCon is a convention devoted solely to imaginative literature. Elizabeth was formerly Guest of Honor at ReaderCon 20. The convention also hosts the Shirley Jackson Awards, recognizing outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic. (Elizabeth has won the award three times.)

For more information on scheduled guests, panel programming, and event registration, visit the ReaderCon website.

Clarion West presents Elizabeth Hand at Hugo House, June 25

Join Hugo House and Clarion West Writers Workshop on Tuesday, June 25, 2019, for a reading by award-winning author Elizabeth Hand.

Hugo House is located at 1634 11th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122.

About Hugo House:

Hugo House is a place where you can read words, hear words, and make your own words better. Hugo House is a place for writers, with a concentrated focus on helping anyone who wants to write. We offer readings, classes, book launches, workshops, teen programs, consultations with professional writers, and much more.

Head to the Hugo House website for more details.

The Writer's Hotel Faculty Reading at Kinokuniya Books, June 5

Elizabeth Hand will join fellow The Writer’s Hotel conference faculty for a reading at Kinokuniya Books in New York City on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, starting at 6pm.

Kinokuniya Books is located at 1073 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10018.

Please visit the Kinokuniya Books website for more details as they become available.

Locus Magazine talks to Elizabeth about Wylding Hall, Hard Light and unresolved endings


Locus Magazine has posted select excerpts of their October 2015 print edition interview with Elizabeth on their website. She discusses the several incarnations of Wylding Hall, how the troubled history of British folk band Fairport Convention inspired her, and how the novella’s quiet horrors play out in daylight.

Just because you’re young and really stoned and in a weird creepy place, that doesn’t mean something really weird and creepy isn’t actually happening. I like the notion, too, that you don’t know you’ve seen a ghost until afterward. There’s an Edith Wharton story called ‘Afterward’. Somebody saw something, or they didn’t see something, and then later on they put it together and realized they had seen a ghost. I wanted to play with that, the idea of sunlit horror. Most of Wylding Hall takes place during the day.

She also touches on drawing from her earlier supernatural novels in the writing of Hard Light, the third Cass Neary book, as well as teasing the fourth, The Book of Lamps and Banners.

Read more excerpts at Locus.