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A Shirley Jackson Award–winning short novel of unexpected terror from the highly acclaimed author of Waking the Moon.
When the young members of a British acid-folk band are compelled by their manager to record their unique music, they hole up at Wylding Hall, an ancient country house with dark secrets. There they create the album that will make their reputation, but at a terrifying cost: Julian Blake, the group’s lead singer, disappears within the mansion and is never seen or heard from again.
Now, years later, the surviving musicians, along with their friends and lovers—including a psychic, a photographer, and the band’s manager—meet with a young documentary filmmaker to tell their own versions of what happened that summer. But whose story is true? And what really happened to Julian Blake?
“By turns comic, elegiac, sexy, romantic, melancholy, and downright chilling, Wylding Hall sweeps us along from swinging London to the terrifying gates of Faerie and into the present—where all spells must be paid for.” —Ellen Kushner, World Fantasy Award–winning author of Swordspoint
“For fans of ’70s Folk-Rock . . . Fairport [Convention] in a parallel gothic horror universe, with a touch of Nick Drake thrown in. Skillfully written and well-researched novella from Elizabeth Hand.” —Richard Thompson, guitarist and songwriter
“[Wylding Hall] is not a novel of thrills and puzzles, but a lengthy spell itself. . . . Hand is an expert at building mood and atmosphere in ways that you don’t realize until you feel it around you.” —SF Signal
“[A] luminous evocation of a period and place . . . The novella gains a strange power apart from its rather restrained supernatural manifestations, a power driven by the sense of lost dreams that has always driven Hand’s best fiction.” —Locus
“Hand builds disquiet and disjuncture quietly; this is not a novel of thrills and puzzles, but a lengthy spell itself. . . . Hand is an expert at building mood and atmosphere in ways that you don’t realize until you feel it around you.” —SF Signal
“Somewhere up in rock ’n’ roll heaven, Janis Joplin, Brian Jones, Nick Drake and Sandy Denny are all tossing back their drinks, passing a spliff, and recounting how much they enjoyed reading Elizabeth Hand’s shimmering new supernatural novel, Wylding Hall. . . . By turns melancholic and joyous, dark and incandescent, this always-surprising tale is full of heart, music and wonder.” —Paul Di Filippo, author of The Steampunk Trilogy
“Wylding Hall is a true surreal phantasmagoria, with music and all the accoutrements of the world of rock-and-roll set off by a wonderful admixture of the gothic supernatural. Treat it like the most exciting getaway in a truly enchanting setting.” —Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, author of Hôtel Transylvania
Elizabeth Hand (b. 1957) is an award-winning author whose science fiction and fantasy novels include the Winterlong series, Waking the Moon, Last Summer at Mars Hill, and Glimmering. Her novels and short stories have won the Nebula, World Fantasy, and Shirley Jackson Awards, among others. Hand was born in California and raised in Yonkers and Pound Ridge, New York; she now divides her time between London and the coast of Maine. Over the years she has been a regular contributor to the Washington Post, the Village Voice, the Los Angeles Times, and the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, among many others.
From Publishers Weekly
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Born to be "Wyld". Liz32906
Very well written.Mystic Mix of Dark and Light.Voices Chanting in the Night.Fear Comes With This Tale.A Bit of Heaven locked in Hell!