Sunday, April 14, 2019

Nine top modern SFF rock mythologies

Sam Reader is a writer and conventions editor for The Geek Initiative and also writes literary criticism and reviews at At the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog they tagged nine modern sci-fi & fantasy rock mythologies, including:
Wylding Hall, by Elizabeth Hand

In a house in the English countryside named Wylding Hall, a psychedelic folk outfit named Windhollow Faire records what will become their magnum opus, the titular album Wylding Hall. In the process, their lead singer mysteriously disappears and is never heard from again. Decades later, a documentary attempts to piece together just what happened during those fateful recording sessions, revealing the twisted story behind a landmark album. The book tells its story in a manner similar to musical oral histories, with the different band members’ interviews woven together into a narrative of gothic horror and musical history. Hand has a clear love of music, and seems well-versed in both rock history and a certain, very English strain of horror; the result is a chilling reimagining of an acid-soaked musical era and an excellent riff on the mythologies behind classic albums.
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Wylding Hall is among Robert Brockway's five weird books for the jaded reader.

--Marshal Zeringue