I’m proud to announce on behalf of Tor.com Publishing that consulting editor Ellen Datlow has acquired a new novella from bestselling author Elizabeth Hand. Her new novella The Keeper’s House is about a young man from Brooklyn, recovering from a broken heart and failed career in the restaurant business, who responds to a Craigslist ad to home-school children on a remote Maine island, site of a decommissioned lighthouse and an abandoned research station. When an ornithologist arrives to do the annual survey of the island’s bird population, strange things ensue.
Hand is the author of thirteen award-winning novels and four collections of short fiction. Her critically acclaimed novels featuring Cass Neary, “one of literature’s great noir anti-heroes” have been compared to those of Patricia Highsmith. She is a longtime critic and book reviewer whose work appears regularly in the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Salon, the Boston Review, among many others, and writes a regular column for the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Her books and short fiction have been translated into numerous languages and optioned for film and television. She teaches at the Stonecoast MFA Program in Creative Writing and divides her time between the coast of Maine and North London, where she is working on the fourth Cass Neary novel, The Book of Lamp and Banners. Tor.com is proud to have her onboard.