Wylding Hall: The Perfect Horror Novel for Libras

Bustle includes Wydling Hall in a fun list matching a horror novel to a zodiac sign, deeming the novella ideal for Libra:

Like many other signs, Libra fears being alone in this world. But this sign is unique in that, in addition to fearing an unbalanced life, which is just so Libra, it also worries deeply about breakups — both romantic and platonic.

See the rest of the list at Bustle.

Tor.com Calls Wylding Hall "An Under-appreciated Gem"

A few months ago, Emily Hughes included Wylding Hall in a “best folk horror” edition of her fantastic Nightmare Fuel newsletter. Now she has written an article of horror recommendations “for all tolerance levels” at Tor.com and includes Wylding Hall as a “medium tolerance” read for fans of films like Jordan Peele’s Get Out and Us.

This short, engrossing novel is an under-appreciated gem, and the perfect creepy October read…

This book is tense and creepy throughout, but there’s one culminating scare that I still find myself thinking about when I’m staring at the ceiling at 3am.

See the entire (excellent!) list at Tor.com.

Read Cass Neary if you like Veronica Mars

In honor of a new Veronica Mars season hitting Hulu, Literary Hub lists “11 Books to Read if You’re an Adult Who Loves Veronica Mars”. The list includes Generation Loss alongside works from Tana French, Sue Grafton, and Shirley Jackson.

If you wish Veronica were actually punk, and not just Neptune punk, you may just fall for Cass Neary, a skilled photographer in the 1970s New York music scene who bottoms out and, years later, finds herself investigating a murder.

You can read the entire list at Literary Hub.

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.

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Virtual Memories - Podcast Episode 126 – People From Away

[x_audio_player mp3="http://traffic.libsyn.com/virtualmemories/Episode_126_-_People_From_Away.mp3"]Award-winning author Elizabeth Hand joins the Virtual Memories Show to talk about her new novel, Wylding Hall! We also talk about her need to try different genres, that pigeonholing process, how abandoning the supernatural for her Cass Neary novels was like working without a net, how her success at writing may be attributable to the Helsinki Bus Syndrome, what it was like to be at the punk scene in the mid-’70s, how she learned to strip down her prose for her recent (and excellent) noir crime novels, just how she ended up in coastal Maine, and more!

“When I was young, I always wanted to be a writer, but I thought that one could write science fiction and then also write ‘serious’ literature . . . that I could be Samuel R. Delany, but I could also be F. Scott Fitzgerald. That I could be Dorothy Parker, and I could be Angela Carter. But I found that you tend to get pigeonholed.”

The conversation also covers the changing models and markets of genre writing, the importance of fan interaction, why she loves coming to Readercon (where we recorded this episode), why it ultimately paid off to opt in favor of experience over college classes, and why her protagonist Cass Neary is like her “if my brake lines had been cut when I was 20 years old and I’d never been able to come back.”Originally published on Virtual Memories.