Wylding Hall by Elizabeth Hand - View book on Bookshelves at Online Book Club - Bookshelves is an awesome, free web app that lets you easily save and share … It's definitely of the Gothic tradition, but even with all the ambiguity the narrative imbues with its' multiple POVs and characters who are not desiring to attempt to explain the ineffable, I would say this is pretty clearly a Faerie story, a variation on the legend of Tehi Tegi. In the early 1970s, a British acid folk music group went to stay at Wylding Hall, a remote, crumbling old house in the country. I certainly agree. She had a pretty voice, she could carry a tune—that was never a problem. by Open Road Integrated. February 17th 2015 Elizabeth Hand, a prize-winning New York-born author who lives in Maine, has produced one of the best English mystery tales for many a day. She also writes a regular review column for the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Credit where credit is due, this is an extremely creepy and effective scene; well written and genuinely unnerving to me. In the early 1970s, a British acid folk music group went to stay at Wylding Hall, a remote, crumbling old house in the country. Parts of this book was spooky and though not horrifying it was definitely disturbing. In vain are all the charms I can devise: The book is short, and a pretty fast read, and on the light side for horror. I kept seeing great reviews for this book, on Amazon, on Goodreads, on The Lineup, saying how absolutely scary it was. There's a reason most novels that use multiple povs do so in individual chapters, rather than switching pov in a single chapter). You can still see all customer reviews for the product. Open Road, $4.99 e-book (94p) ISBN 978-1-5040-0718-4 Elizabeth Hand. Thank you Ms. Hand for reminding me. Setting it in 1972 (a year before the release of The Wicker Man) was an appropriate nod to notions of how pagan traditions still ruled English country life at the time, as well as within the Folk music scene, which was definitely a voice for such subjects. The story is pretty thin here, basically a band rents out a mysterious estate, Wylding Hall, to record their new record at. There are many strange goings on, but eventually … i listened to this amazing book. This was one hell of a striking horror story. High praise to Elizabeth Hand's novella "Wylding Hall". I received a free copy of Wylding Hall through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. When I was in my early teens, I loved reading gothic novels, not for the stories of innocent young heroines falling in love with dark, handsome men, but for the wonderful old houses in which the books were set. Wyldling Hall reaches out to touch the place where music and magic merge. It's the 1970s, and the band members are all young musicians. It's the 1970s, and the band members are all young musicians. The whole book plays out like a series of interviews, or reminiscences, of each chara. Absolutely ancient. Reviewed in the United States on April 16, 2020. I thought it evoked the early 70's folk rock era very well (I couldn't help but play my copy of Jethro Tull's 'Songs from the Wood' several times while I was reading it) and the story itself, with the interweaving of a magical summer retreat melded with a slowly encroaching supernatural element, was well done overall, but I think I was just expecting a bit more given the relatively gushing praise here on GR. Be the first to ask a question about Wylding Hall. 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. Welcome back. It's this really dark and unusual mystery novel. I have a mental list of my favorite fictional houses and after reading Wylding Hall, I've just added another to it. The book consists of interviews with band; management; a photographer;a former girlfriend;& and a reporter/music critic who covered them during their time at Wylding Hall. The songs they record that summer make an album that nobody will ever forget....but dark things happen as well. So I couldn't wait to read it. 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. Reviewed in the United States on July 25, 2015. Reviewed in the United States on October 5, 2018. . 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. And where is Julian Blake? WYLDING HALL is a fun novella that doesn't neatly fit into any single category other than, perhaps, dark fiction. This year I want to review a novel, Wylding Hall, by Elizabeth Hand. He’d been under the snow for 1,200 years, and when they discovered him, he was still wearing his clothes, a cloak of woven grass and a bearskin cap, and in his pocket they found a little bag of grass and tinder and a bit of dead coal. Elizabeth Hand's brilliant horror novella is told as an oral history of a 1970s British psychedelic folk band called Windhollow Faire. This was my first book by Elizabeth Hand and she wrote a haunting ghost story that just sweeps you away. i listened/read this with a friend. One of the group's singers recently committed suicide, and they are expected to release their sophomore album soon. A sense of wonder and growing menace sends chills down the unsuspecting spine. It’s a kind of time machine, really, the way you can trace a song from whoever’s singing it now back through the years—Dylan or Johnny Cash, Joanna Newsom or Vashti Bunyan—on through all those nameless folk who kept it alive a thousand years ago. But she had no depth. 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. Gothic romance, dueling family restaurants, West African magic, and much, much more! Now Christopher Buehlman invit… Julian is 18; an only child deeply into arcane knowledge ; extremely beautiful; and an incredible musician. There is no clear answer to his disappearance. I think I've always had an interest in architecture. The similarities are remarkable. You’d have to be so careful, more careful than we can even imagine, to keep that one spark alive. Dark and strange things happen, including the disappearance of the band's lead vocalist, Julian Blake. [a] gothic supernatural” horror story set in the decadent world of British rock (Chelsea Quinn Yarbro). Wylding Hall by Wylding Hall, Format: Kindle Book 2015 2015 : Adobe EPUB ebook : OverDrive Read: Availability: Unavailable 0 of 2 copies 2 people on waitlist: Request. The main attractions of Wylding Hall are its cryptic architecture and its lush and uncanny powers of nature. Folk music is like that. Highly recommended. Really good creation of a time and milieu in British folk rock music, with an authentic folk horror haunting. There are no answers to the mystery, just a lingering sense of unease and questions about what happened. And the longer I live, the colder and darker it gets. I'd been reading a lot of horror that would fall on the "schlockier" end of the spectrum lately, but after finishing up (and greatly enjoying). 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