Hand, Elizabeth Black Light

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Black Light

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"We were all wild things there. Indulged or ignored by famous parents who traded psychiatrists, agents, drug dealers, and spouses; shielded by the woods and the mountain from the city to the south and the suburbs to the east and west. Kamensic Village stood guard against the darkness I somehow knew was all around."

Black Light is the book Elizabeth Hand's growing legions of fans have been awaiting--her most mature, most gripping, and most deeply arousing novel to date.

Like her friends in upstate Kamensic, Charlotte, "Lit", Moylan is a child of privilege. Blessed with a famous father (Uncle Cosmo on "Tales of the Bar Sinister") and a notorious mother (soap queen Livia Prentiss), Lit is ready to enjoy one last, wild fling before college and adulthood.

She is far from alone. In fact, the whole town is ready to party. Alex Kern is coming back to Kamensic. The legendary film director, who made his way to Hollywood via Warhol's "black light" scene, is going to reopen his fabulous mansion, Bolerium, for a party. But not just any party. The Halloween party of the decade.of the century.

The whole town is invited, young and old, famous and obscure. Lit, who is Kern's goddaughter, will be there for sure. So will her best friends, Ali and Hillary. Plus the new kid in town, Jamie, with his mysterious father and troubled smile.

But other, more disturbing guests are arriving daily. They are seen at the edges of the forest, at the margins of the night: a great stag, extinct for two millennia; a horned man robed in blood; a forgotten god, lusting to tell a young girl what she desperately wants to hear. For Kern's connections extend far beyond Hollywood, beyond even the modern age.and in Bolerium's echoing halls a fearsome confrontation is gathering, between the ancient powers of the Malandanti and the immortals sworn to stop them at any cost, no matter what the sacrifice.

Even Youth. And certainly Innocence.

In this haunting story of a young woman trembling on the brink of adulthood, Elizabeth Hand has captured, as no writer has since J. D. Salinger, the stark terror and ineffable promise of youth's first sunset, and final dawn.

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Although Charlotte Moylan thinks she lives a rather ordinary and oftentimes dull life, the reality is far different. Her father is best known as the famous TV personality Uncle Cosmo, and her mother is a 20-year veteran of the daytime drama Perilous Lives. They live in the New York community of Kamensic, an artistic enclave where the church is rarely used for religious ceremonies and where death is an "occupational hazard" for the young. The town is also home to Bolerium, a dark manor of indeterminate origin where the enigmatic and somewhat sinister film director Axel Kern lives when he's not making movies.

Axel is Charlotte's godfather, but he's one guardian who may not be looking out for her best interests. Aside from making questionable films, Axel is also in cahoots with the old gods, and is interested in bringing a couple of them along with him to Kamensic. This puts the town--and Charlotte--at the center of an age-old struggle between two Illuminati-style groups, the more-or-less benign Benandanti (seen in Hand's Tiptree Award-winning Waking the Moon) and their rivals, the Malandanti witches. As has become Hand's modus operandi, she tells this story with a luxurious prose that's at once beautiful and also somehow intellectually decadent. Although the book may be a bit slow-paced for some, those who enjoy a smart novel that's rich in style and substance won't want to miss it. --Craig E. Engler

About the Author:

Elizabeth Hand is the author of Aestival Tide, Winterlong, and most recently, the World Fantasy Award-nominee, Waking the Moon . She lives in Maine, where she swears it is getting warmer.

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