Oh, nellie. Hal writes books.
Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods (Workman)
A Borgesian folk nightmare for children. Mostly suitable for all ages, but it does contain a lot of grisly death, in an Edward Gorey or Grimm brothers vein, and the word “mucopurulence.” Starred reviews from Kirkus, SLJ, PW, and Booklist, bless their hearts. The illustrations are great, and they glow in the dark.
Immortal Lycanthropes (Clarion):
Sort of like a YA Illuminatus!, and sort of like Treasure Island with more werecreatures. Kirkus called it “uber-intellectual” and “drenched in nihilism,” which they didn’t mean as a compliment, but really is. Oh, also, it’s sort of like Highlander written by Thomas Pynchon, and the illustrations are great.
He also, apparently, writes a blog composed primarily of trivia about old books, and humanist propaganda from the nihilist aesthete front.
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