The Hair Wreath and Other Stories

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Girls and boys disappear; couples caught in the heat and suppressed rage of urban life are haunted by the ghosts of their own making; neighbourhoods drift in the murky atmosphere of buried emotions, where the echoes of distrust and dissonance prove that something just isn't . . . right.

These strange stories gather and weave themselves together into a wreath of memories, rife with an atmospheric and ominous creep redolent of Shirley Jackson. This eerie collection illustrates the disconnect amongst people and the places they inhabit—the gap that allows the supernatural to flourish.

Reviews of The Hair Wreath and Other Stories:

[The Hair Wreath and Other Stories] proves that the most effective ghost stories are the ones that leave you with more than just questions.
Fans of creepy, nongory horror will appreciate this collection.
Publishers Weekly
A touch of magical realism, a whiff of the dark. Great emotional intensity is wrought in only a few pages. Domestic skirmishes, open ended mysteries and always—in the midst of life—the delicate scent of corruption. Villegas's fresh voice promises a great future in speculative literature.
—Ellen Datlow
Slippery, evocative, tasty. Elegantly and eloquently unsettling.
—Ursula Pflug, author of After the Fires and Green Music
[T]hese stories are very finely thought through; their language is precise. And, on the whole, the emotional effects are successful. It's a strong debut collection, marking a writer worth watching.
A perfect read for a quiet night alone, in the seeming tranquility of the city.

eShorts

These single stories from this collection are available for individual purchase:

Salvage by Halli Villegas

A crew sent on board a spaceship to clear it out after the crew has mysteriously vanished encounters evil. From Halli Villegas’s The Hair Wreath and Other Stories, this tale is part of a short fiction collection about the disconnect amongst people and the places they inhabit—the gap that allows the supernatural to flourish.

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Meadowdene Estates by Halli Villegas

Visiting their friends in their new suburban home becomes something darker then a pleasant afternoon when the talk turns to the abandoned house next door. From Halli Villegas’s The Hair Wreath and Other Stories, this tale is part of a short fiction collection about the disconnect amongst people and the places they inhabit—the gap that allows the supernatural to flourish.

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The Family by Halli Villegas

A babysitter looking after thirteen children gets an unpleasant surprise. From Halli Villegas’s The Hair Wreath and Other Stories, this tale is part of a short fiction collection about the disconnect amongst people and the places they inhabit—the gap that allows the supernatural to flourish.

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An Unexpected Thing by Halli Villegas

Mommy and me is not quite as innocent as it seems when husbands start dying. From Halli Villegas’s The Hair Wreath and Other Stories, this tale is part of a short fiction collection about the disconnect amongst people and the places they inhabit—the gap that allows the supernatural to flourish.

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The Other Door by Halli Villegas

A vignette about a faceless something that ends with a centipede. From Halli Villegas’s The Hair Wreath and Other Stories, this tale is part of a short fiction collection about the disconnect amongst people and the places they inhabit—the gap that allows the supernatural to flourish.

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Twenty-First-Century Design by Halli Villegas

Success moves a family into an architectural wonder of a house, but the dead last owner still believes it is his. From Halli Villegas’s The Hair Wreath and Other Stories, this tale is part of a short fiction collection about the disconnect amongst people and the places they inhabit—the gap that allows the supernatural to flourish.

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Picnic by Halli Villegas

A romantic picnic turns into something darker when unusual items are found scattered throughout the woods. From Halli Villegas’s The Hair Wreath and Other Stories, this tale is part of a short fiction collection about the disconnect amongst people and the places they inhabit—the gap that allows the supernatural to flourish.

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His Ghost by Halli Villegas

The obsessive love of a nerdy man traps a woman in its web even after death. From Halli Villegas’s The Hair Wreath and Other Stories, this tale is part of a short fiction collection about the disconnect amongst people and the places they inhabit—the gap that allows the supernatural to flourish.

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Winter by Halli Villegas

Is it a poltergeist that is making strange things happen in the young couple’s apartment? Or is it a ghost of their own making? From Halli Villegas’s The Hair Wreath and Other Stories, this tale is part of a short fiction collection about the disconnect amongst people and the places they inhabit—the gap that allows the supernatural to flourish.

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The Beautiful Boy by Halli Villegas

A ghost waits under a tree for an adolescent boy to join her. From Halli Villegas’s The Hair Wreath and Other Stories, this tale is part of a short fiction collection about the disconnect amongst people and the places they inhabit—the gap that allows the supernatural to flourish.

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While He Sleeps by Halli Villegas

The ghost of a man’s dead lover is jealous of his newest love. From Halli Villegas’s The Hair Wreath and Other Stories, this tale is part of a short fiction collection about the disconnect amongst people and the places they inhabit—the gap that allows the supernatural to flourish.

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Dr. Johnson's Daughter by Halli Villegas

A scientist makes a startling discovery that may be the answer to everything. From Halli Villegas’s The Hair Wreath and Other Stories, this tale is part of a short fiction collection about the disconnect amongst people and the places they inhabit—the gap that allows the supernatural to flourish.

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The Other Side by Halli Villegas

Who is telling the truth and what has really happened to their son are the questions that this story answers. From Halli Villegas’s The Hair Wreath and Other Stories, this tale is part of a short fiction collection about the disconnect amongst people and the places they inhabit—the gap that allows the supernatural to flourish.

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In the Grass by Halli Villegas

A vignette of a man who has lost the woman he was with. From Halli Villegas’s The Hair Wreath and Other Stories, this tale is part of a short fiction collection about the disconnect amongst people and the places they inhabit—the gap that allows the supernatural to flourish.

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Peach Festival by Halli Villegas

For a teenage sister and her little brother a day at the country fair becomes a trip into darkness. From Halli Villegas’s The Hair Wreath and Other Stories, this tale is part of a short fiction collection about the disconnect amongst people and the places they inhabit—the gap that allows the supernatural to flourish.

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Rites by Halli Villegas

In some other world marriage is the doorway to a inexplicable series of events. From Halli Villegas’s The Hair Wreath and Other Stories, this tale is part of a short fiction collection about the disconnect amongst people and the places they inhabit—the gap that allows the supernatural to flourish.

ChiZine Publications (CZP) curates the best of the bizarre, bringing you the most excitingly weird, subtle, dark, and disturbing literary fiction. Look for more titles in the ChiZine short stories collection to build your digital library.

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D in the Underworld by Halli Villegas

When a mother who is mourning her missing daughter begins to search for her she enters a realm where reality and illusion are inseparable. From Halli Villegas’s The Hair Wreath and Other Stories, this tale is part of a short fiction collection about the disconnect amongst people and the places they inhabit—the gap that allows the supernatural to flourish.

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The Hair Wreath by Halli Villegas

A young couple purchases a hairwreath at a country antique store, but when they bring it home find they have brought something sinister home with them. From Halli Villegas’s The Hair Wreath and Other Stories, this tale is part of a short fiction collection about the disconnect amongst people and the places they inhabit—the gap that allows the supernatural to flourish.

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Neighbours by Halli Villegas

A self-absorbed writer is startled out of her complacency by the death of a neighbour and her child. From Halli Villegas’s The Hair Wreath and Other Stories, this tale is part of a short fiction collection about the disconnect amongst people and the places they inhabit—the gap that allows the supernatural to flourish.

ChiZine Publications (CZP) curates the best of the bizarre, bringing you the most excitingly weird, subtle, dark, and disturbing literary fiction. Look for more titles in the ChiZine short stories collection to build your digital library.

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Other Reviews

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Author Info

Halli Villegas is the author of three collections of poetry, Red Promises, In the Silence Absence Makes and The Human Cannonball, and several anthology pieces. She has published online erotica under a pen name. Her poetry and prose have appeared in places such as the LRC, Exile, Kiss Machine, Pagitica, Variety Crossings and The Windsor Review, and her book, The Hair Wreath and Other Stories, was published by ChiZine in 2010. Halli has received funding for her writing from the OAC Works in Progress in 2006, the TAC mid-level writers in 2007 and 2009, and the OAC Works in Progress in 2009.

She is also the publisher of Tightrope Books and the administrative director of the Rowers Pub Reading Series.