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. 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.
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“Villegas’s debut collection offers 19 tales that nicely blend ordinary characters with sudden and unexplained supernatural threats . . . “His Ghost,” disturbing on multiple levels, tells the tale of an obsessive man in search of his muse. “Salvage,” a haunting set on a spaceship, is efficiently creepy. “An Unexpected Thing” is a solid, straightforward revenge story with a nasty undercurrent . . . “D in the Underworld,” in which a woman searches for her missing daughter, rises above the rest. Fans of creepy, non-gory horror will appreciate this collection. . . .”
“[F]or the most part these 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.”
—Rover Arts Review
“Ghosts and other mysterious forces intrude on the characters in the new collection of dark fiction from Toronto-based writer Halli Villegas. . . . On the whole, this collection proves that the most effective ghost stories are the ones that leave you with more than just questions.”
—Quill & Quire
“Overall, the collection is a modern twist on urban ghost stories, weaving the idea of dark spiritual encounters with modern lifestyles always getting in the way. . . . A perfect read for a quiet night alone, in the seeming tranquility of the city.”