Cass Neary

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.

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

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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.