If I conduct a real-time review of it, my comments will appear in the thought stream below or by clicking on this post’s title above. And the longer I live, the colder and darker it gets. WYLDING HALL is a fun novella that doesn't neatly fit into any single category other than, perhaps, dark fiction. Hand is a longtime reviewer & critic for The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Boston Review, Salon, and Village Voice, among others. The accumulation of dread is in the little things. It's the 1970s, and the band members are all young musicians. This is one of those books that I see mentioned online in "Great Horror Books" lists all the time, and my curiosity has grown over the years. The whole book plays out like a series of interviews, or reminiscences, of each character, and what they saw during the few months the band spent at the house. Others have commented on how well-written Wylding Hall is. A New York Times notable and multiple award– winning author, Elizabeth Hand has written seven novels, including the cult classic Waking the Moon, and short-story collections. The most interesting thing about the varied perspectives, to me, is how much the characters kept from each other, but are willing to reveal to a stranger. [a] gothic supernatural” horror story set in the decadent world of British rock (Chelsea Quinn Yarbro). It's this really dark and unusual mystery novel. Its lilt between twittering energy and melancholy not for everyone, there was, however, a time when it reached the heights of popularity—Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Simon & Garfunkel, Carly Simon, and others big names of the 60s and 70s counter-culture movement. An acid folk band is sent by their manager to a big, old manor house in Hampshire, England, to write songs for their second album. . 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. i loved that so much! This was really good. Wylding Hall. But she had no depth. . [and that is the scene where they describe the three pictures in which they can see the girl... which happens at the very end. Elizabeth Hand has each band member, and a few other characters, provide their perspectives on the events leading up to the disappearance of the band's guitarist (who is also one of the songwriters). Wylding Hall is a pretty short novel with an interesting structure. It’s told as if it’s a series of interviews — possibly for radio or just for someone who would later transcribe them for a book, as they’re spontaneous and involve people revealing details they’re not sure of, or don’t want to share too widely. Cass Neary, the narrator, is middle-aged, burned out, and barely scraping by, but she was a kind of punk/avant-garde photographer in the New York art scene in the eighties, one with particularly dark inclinations. Too many characters and too many povs also meant that many story strands were never fully developed: I wanted to know a little bit more about where the characters were in the "present" of the novel, especially as that and many other things were alluded to but not developed further (such as the dig on the burial chamber). 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. The better singer you were, the more likely it was people were going to turn out to hear you and remember you—and remember the song—whether it was at a pub or wedding or ceilidh or just a knot of people seeking shelter under a tree during a storm. Jesse H, Reviewer My Recommendation Folk music in the US is viewed as an innocent, pastoral indulgence with roots in rural life. She also writes a regular review column for the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Their agent sent them there to get away from it all so they could plan and work on their first album. The songs they record that summer make an album that nobody will ever forget....but dark things happen as well. but i think Julian really summoned something in Wylding Hall, maybe a fey person. I have a mental list of my favorite fictional houses and after reading Wylding Hall, I've just added another to it. Decades later, members of the band, their agent and oth. I'll start with the negatives first: this story should probably not have been told as an interview by all the survivors (not giving anything away by saying that: we learn "what happens" very quickly. I wanted to like this book more than I did, though that's not to say that I didn't enjoy it. Wyldling Hall reaches out to touch the place where music and magic merge. Loved it. What really happened that summer at Wylding Hall? Elizabeth Hand. Wylding Hall by Elizabeth Hand Published by PS Publishing Limited on July 1, 2015 Pages: 146 Format: eBook It's the summer in the early 1970s. ['more than one row of teeth' gave me shivers! The story is pretty thin here, basically a band rents out a mysterious estate, Wylding Hall, to record their new record at. While there, lead guitarist Julian Blake disappears after picking up a waif - like mysterious girl when the band busks at the local pub. 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. The similarities are remarkable. 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