Hard Light

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.