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Publisher Description

This Shirley Jackson Award–winning novel is “a true surreal phantasmagoria . . . [a] gothic supernatural” horror story set in the decadent world of British rock (Chelsea Quinn Yarbro).

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?

Fiction & Literature
July 14
Open Road Media
OpenRoad Integrated Media, LLC

Customer Reviews

DeaconJericho ,

Structure works against story

For a mildly supernatural story, the oral history conceit is interesting. It provides multiple unreliable narrators so the reader can decide if they want to pretend ghosts do or don’t exist.

The narrations are evocative, though there could be more distinction between. The front half of the book is a cozy sort-of-Bildungsroman. However, the documentary structure shanks the big twist of its moment. One person sees the real craziness and it gets a little buried, so we can’t marinade in the weirdness.

Since the conceit is that we’re talking about an album and not a spooky ghost story, there’s a denouement that takes up almost a fifth of the total book’s length. I kept thinking the ante was going to be raised, but everyone called and that was that.

Liz32906 ,

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!

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