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November 30 @ 6:00 pmFree
Victoria Nelson celebrates the launch of her debut novel
published by Strange Attractor Press
Do you know the language of the birds?
Summer, 1979: A lonely young woman housesitting for her aunt and uncle in an isolated bohemian enclave finds troubling reminders of a past family tragedy surfacing in odd and unsettling ways. When a mysterious man moves in next door, Dovey hopes for a romance like the ones in the novels she secretly devours. But a dark truth hidden since childhood erupts shockingly in a violent otherworldly intrusion, catapulting her into a desperate struggle for her life and sanity.
Set in a haunted northern California landscape populated by poets, New Agers, stoners, and burnouts, Neighbor George is a deeply atmospheric story of psychological horror enacted in the liminal space where the natural collides with the supernatural.
Victoria Nelson is the author of The Secret Life of Puppets, Gothicka, two collections of short stories, and a memoir. She edited the Robert Aickman collection Compulsory Games for New York Review Books. Neighbor George is her first novel.
What has been said about Neighbor George
If Stephen King and Alfred Hitchcock had collaborated to write a novel that would scare you senseless, they might have come up with Victoria Nelson’s Neighbor George. Lulled for the first few pages by Nelson’s brilliant description of Bolinas, a laid-back, eccentric small town in West Marin, California, you may soon find yourself double locking your doors and searching frantically for a nightlight as Nelson piles on twist after unexpected twist, horror after unexpected horror in this deadly dance of predator and prey. -Mary Mackey, author of A Grand Passion