Coy Hall lives in West Virginia with his wife, Olivia, and they share a home with wonderful pets: a green-eyed cat named Locksley and a clumsy Great Pyrenees named Duncan.
Coy splits time as an author of mysteries and horror and as a professor of history. The two pursuits fit together well. As a historian, he teaches courses about medieval and early modern Europe. History has influenced his writing, with many of his stories set in the distant past – sometimes the real past, sometimes an imagined one, but most often a mix of the two.
A member of the Horror Writers Association (HWA), his short stories have appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies like The Fiends in the Furrows (2018). He's published in a wide range of genres, including western, science-fiction, adventure, crime, fantasy, horror, and mystery.
His first novel, Grimoire of the Four Impostors, will release in 2021 from Nosetouch Press. His second and third novels, A Séance for Wicked King Death and The Switchblade Svengali, will release in 2022 and 2023 from Level Best Books.
Other influences include authors Philip K. Dick, Raymond Chandler, Fritz Leiber, M.R. James, Chester Himes, David Goodis, and Shirley Jackson. Radio drama series like Inner Sanctum Mysteries and CBS Radio Mystery Theater, and films such as Nosferatu (1922) and The Black Cat (1934), have also shaped his storytelling.