Coy Hall at the White Cliffs of Dover


Coy Hall lives in West Virginia with his wife, Olivia, and they share a home with 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.

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 collection, Grimoire of the Four Impostors, released in 2021 from Nosetouch Press. His first novel, The Hangman Feeds the Jackal: A Gothic Western, released in 2022.

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.

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