‘A Man Lies Dreaming’: Imagining Hitler as a low-rent private detective

Elizabeth HandArticles, Washington Post


Is the world ready for a hard-boiled Hitler? “A Man Lies Dreaming,” Lavie Tidhar’s stunning alternative take on the Holocaust, audaciously imagines the 20th-century demon as a middling private detective named Wolf. It’s November 1939, six years after Germany’s Communist Party trounced Wolf’s National Socialists in the country’s election. The disgraced and debased Wolf (his name a nod to the … Read More

New books on Salem’s trials and modern pagans offer bewitching reading this Halloween season

Elizabeth HandArticles, Los Angeles Times

In “The Witches: Salem, 1692,” a masterful account of the epidemic of paranoia and religious fervor that overcame residents of Essex County in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Pulitzer Prize winner Stacy Schiff takes on “America’s tiny reign of terror,” the Salem witch trials. Most Americans know of the trials only through fictional accounts like Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “House of the Seven … Read More

Elizabeth Hand: Sunlit Horror

Elizabeth HandArticles, Locus Online

Elizabeth Hand was born on March 29, 1957 in San Diego CA and grew up in New York State. She moved to Washington DC in 1975 to study drama at Catholic University. In 1979, during college, she began working at the Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum, and was an archival researcher there until 1986. During that time she was … Read More

In her memoir ‘M Train,’ Patti Smith opens up about her life and loves

Elizabeth HandArticles, Washington Post

“M Train,” by Patti Smith. (Knopf)

“M Train,” by Patti Smith. (Knopf) This year marks the 40th anniversary of Patti Smith’s groundbreaking debut album, “Horses,” a sonic boom still sending aftershocks through music, literature and fashion. Her new memoir, “M Train,” is a Proustian reverie covering those four decades: a magical, mystical tour de force that begins in a tiny Greenwich Village cafe and ends as a … Read More

‘The Rim of Morning’ review: Two supernatural novels by William Sloane

Elizabeth HandArticles, Washington Post

(New York Review Books)

Halloween comes early this year for lucky readers with the reappearance of two short supernatural novels by the forgotten writer William Sloane: “To Walk the Night” and “The Edge of Running Water.” Conjoined as “The Rim of Morning,” a handsome omnibus volume released by the publishing arm of the New York Review of Books, these undeservedly neglected works may at … Read More

Close encounters with feminist science fiction in ‘Sisters of the Revolution’

Elizabeth HandArticles, Los Angeles Times

Sisters of the Revolution

Mary Shelley usually gets mad props as the progenitor of feminist science fiction for her 1818 “Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus.” But pride of place arguably goes to Mary Cavendish, who in 1668 penned a feminist utopian novel, “The Description of a New World, Called the Blazing-World,” in response to Robert Hooke’s “Micrographia,” which in 1665 put microscopes on the … Read More

In Austin Grossman’s supernatural novel, ‘Crooked,’ Richard Nixon meets H.P. Lovecraft

Elizabeth HandArticles, Los Angeles Times

As if American voters didn’t have enough to worry about, in the last few years, the undead and the uncanny have infiltrated the ranks of U.S. politicians in novels like Seth Grahame-Smith’s “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” and “The Last American Vampire” and Christopher Farnsworth’s wonderful Nathaniel Cade books, which star a vampire Secret Service agent bound by blood to protect … Read More