Tuesday, November 30, 2021, 6:00 pm PST

Victoria Nelson in conversation with Rob Sean Wilson

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The author of The Secret Life of Puppets and Gothicka celebrates her debut novel, a supernatural thriller set in the 1970s in a certain West Marin coastal town crawling with poets.

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Victoria Nelson celebrates the launch of her debut novel

Neighbor George

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.

Rob Sean Wilson is a Western Connecticut native who was educated at the University of California at Berkeley, where he received a doctorate in English and was founding editor of Berkeley Poetry Review. Be Always Converting, Be Always Converted: An American Poetics was selected by Choice as an Outstanding Academic Publication. Beat Attitudes: On the Roads to Beatitude for Post-Beat Writers, Dharma Bums, and Cultural-Political Activists was published by New Pacific Press in 2010. His poems have appeared in various journals from Poetry, Ploughshares, New Republic, Jacket, and the Berkeley Poetry Review to Bamboo Ridge, Tinfish, Segue Munhak, Good Times, and Korean Culture. A dual-language poetry collection in English and Chinese called When the Nikita Moon Rose appears in the Transpacific Archipelagic Poetry Series at National Sun Yat-sen Humanities Press in fall 2021.

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





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Event Details

Date: November 30, 2021

Start time: 06:00 p.m. PST

Venue: Zoom

Phone: 415-362-8193


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