“With her latest, Nelson gives us a glimpse into a strange bohemian California community, flipping the Gothic tale on its head with a story of murder and madness.”
It’s Summer, 1979. While house sitting for family in a small bohemian hideaway, Dovey longs for the affections of the man who moves in next door. Will this be a romance like the novels she reads?
Reminders of a terrible family tragedy rise to the surface, unsettling Dovey, and a dark secret explodes in a violent intrusion, forcing her into a fight to hold on to her tattered sanity, and her life.
Why we’re excited about this book:
Victoria Nelson’s work intersects philosophy and religion, tapping into the dark vein of pop-culture in ways we’ve never seen before. Nelson is the author of Wild California, A Bestiary of My Heart, The Secret Life of Puppets, Gothicka, On Writer’s Block, and edited Compulsory Games, a collection of tales by Robert Aickman. With her latest, Nelson gives us a glimpse into a strange bohemian California community, flipping the Gothic tale on its head with a story of murder and madness. Mary Mackey (A Grand Passion) says: “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. Got a sexy new neighbor moving in next door? You might not want to take him a casserole.”, and Ramsey Campbell (Ancient Images, The Influence) calls Neighbor George “A compelling and wittily written tale where omens lie low in the elegant prose before it gathers monstrous menace and then raises us towards mystery and awe.”
Forthcoming 14 December 2021 from Strange Attractor Press, Neighbor George by Victoria Nelson is available for pre-order now.