LESS THAN PERFECT COPY
A NOVEL by Elizabeth Hand
CATEGORY Supernatural Suspense/Mystery
PUBLICATION DATE May 2015
COVER ART David Gentry
Unsigned Hardcover ISBN 978-1-848638-93-8 [£15]
After the tragic and mysterious death of one of their founding members, the young musicians in a British acid-folk band hole up at Wylding Hall, an ancient country house with its own dark secrets. There they record the classic album that will make their reputation but at a terrifying cost, when Julian Blake, their lead singer, disappears within the mansion and is never seen again. Now, years later, each of the surviving musicians, their friends and lovers (including a psychic, a photographer, and the bands manager) meets with a young documentary filmmaker to tell his or her own version of what happened during that summer but whose story is the true one? And what really happened to Julian Blake?
"Elizabeth Hands Wylding Hall is not only beautifully written, but also a story about the essences of an age past that still haunt the bucolic reaches of Englands countryside. The pagan elements utilized for their creepy and mythopoeic presence more than outright horror, the resulting story is Robert Johnson standing at the crossroads of British folk. Heaven can be touched, but you must pay the dark spirits of nature, not the devil.