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). We shall see. I mean 70s folk rockers in a haunted house? I bought Wylding Hall because of a recommendation on Twitter - it's about a group of folk musicians discovering where fairy tales REALLY come from, set in the late 60s. We have some ideas about what actually went on, of course, but the fans, they can only speculate. WYLDING HALL by Elizabeth Hand Open Road (2015) I intend to read this purchased publication in due course. At last, an Elizabeth Hand book suited to my needs! Most people go there now because of what happened while the band was living there and recording that first album. And by folk I mean whatever music it is that you love, whatever music it is that sustains you. But even that moment, the moment that shows the reader, and the remaining members of the band that at least one of the things that happened that summer at Wylding Hall was not at all something that was part of the normal world—happens late. Firstly very few writers do music well. [none of these happen. ... Then there's the Gothic mystery at the heart of this novel, no spoilers to say it's both prefigured early by the oral history/documentary format, and yet never quite fully explained, which brings a MR Jamesian touch that is moodily effective. Wylding Hall is a novella told as if it were a documentary with each section being a monologue from a character speaking with the interviewer. Her short fiction has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award, anthologized in year’s best and best of collections, and performed on NPR. But something at the back of my mind, something instinctive, made me buy it, and it all worked perfectly for me in the terms of the novel that now resides in my memory. It is also the history of a haunting. 42 discussion posts. The best thing I learned from my book about internet dissidents, Shirley Jackson Reading Week (a round-up). You know what? After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages that interest you. Following an eerie scene with a (un)trapped bird in the beams, a new leitmotif is added to the gestalt, with the hindsight-seen, journalistically ‘told’ visit of a gay lady journalist at the literally far-fetched Wylding Hall to report on the creation of ‘Wylding Hall’ by the already relatively famous Windhollow Faire. Begging for a follow up to be written. She is a longtime contributor to numerous publications, including the Washington Post Book World and the Village Voice Literary Supplement. Loved it. The description ends with two questions: "But whose story is true? even with that little bit of confusion, i loved this book. Told from a multitude of perspectives, interview style, this one moved fairly quickly and was a slow burn at the same time. Instead, it is composed of each character's recollection of, and speculation about, 40-year-old events as they each try to answer the second question about Julian's ultimate fate. Download one of the Free Kindle apps to start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, and computer. The house is a maze of empty rooms, locked doors which are sometimes mysteriously unlocked, stairwells that lead nowhere, a room carpeted with thousands of dead, mutilated songbirds. And Julian’s watch tells sacred and profane time separately, just as I found this single chapter felt like straddling two chapters, by dint of its lengthening before my eyes. Kat Howard lives in New Hampshire. But what of the unreliable real-time reviewer’s input, too, I hear someone ask? Despite the implication of the first question, this story does not have an unreliable narrator as such. Even when the strange young woman shows up in the bar that night, precipitating the eventual disappearance of the band’s lead singer, all the weirdness can still be explained away. But seeing old photos there, photos here today, gone tomorrow, showing a ceremony with caged wrens that even this text itself says was all a bit wicker man. And I join this group in that hindsight I mentioned before as a result of their intermingled but discrete (if not discreet?) The band itself, Windhollow Faire, is haunted by a tragedy in its recent past as events open. It is possible that this summoning works, that once these words are spoken, someone is coming. Wylding Hall by Elizabeth Hand. Thankfully I’m not connected with the book and have no influence on it. If you have ever been caught up following any music group during your life, a group of mere mortals that you truly loved but then they simply faded from sight, then this book will probably fill some of those empty spaces. 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 wanted to like this book more than I did, though that's not to say that I didn't enjoy it. A gothic folk rock oral history done right. We appreciate your feedback. receives a new reader, it becomes a slightly different book. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 25, 2020. I often hope Julian would add his own backstory, the only protagonist so far who has not done so. Wylding Hall is an oral history of a folk band that never was. We’d love your help. Wicker Whistle. This book is what happens when Daisy Jones and the Six meets the Haunting at Hill House. And who hasn’t gotten lost or seen something weird in a strange old house?—and people are telling the story of something that happened a long time ago, when they were very young, and they were all high and drunk and and and…. 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. It was pure serendipity…”. All I can say is the ending better be worth it or I'll return it. Through her auspices, we gain more of the house’s genius loci and the persona of long-fingered Julian, and the girl ‘apparition’ that has already been prefigured by a different ‘backstory’ narrator’s leitmotif. Be the first to ask a question about Wylding Hall. Admirers of the author's long story in a similar vein - 'Near Zennor' - will probably enjoy this novella as much as I did. It looks like a thousand other people have already written reviews so I'll just say: this is a beautifully written example of a quiet horror story with building tension and dread. Every year I cover an appropriate international mystery for Halloween. For example, last year I talked about ghosts of Hong Kong and Macau. She couldn’t interpret a song, place her stamp on it. Way to go, y’all! As one can infer from the publisher's description of Elizabeth Hand's Wylding Hall, this book jumps back and forth in time, as well as among multiple points of view, so those who prefer more linear narratives may want to steer clear. Very original book, I want more from Elizabeth Hand, she casts a spell with her words. British folk magic is afoot here, as Julian prowls about the (if not exactly haunted, certainly not unhaunted) hidden tunnels and back rooms of Wylding Hall. Haunting, folky mystery that stayed in my mind for a long time after. …and out of the connections that I adumbrated in my previous entry or real-time backstory, there seems — as if by true magic, or some form of hippy faith, or artsy-fartsy airy-fairydom — a special point of conflux, an undreamt-about moment that worked with precise held-breath perfection, as they busk again in the village pub before a bunch of country bumpkins who later possibly morphed into a distant future would-be audience of Windhollow Faire aficionados.

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