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Grimoire of the Four Impostors

Blood, Sweat, and Fears

…The writing is sublime, both ancient in feel but very understandable, and the richness of the characters leaps off the page.

There are genuine disturbing moments, the kind of dread that settles softly and you find yourself thinking about afterwards; the kind that buries deep. Much like the titular grimoire, the effect of which whispers through these tales, there are dark, compelling delights at work here.

I’ll finish with how fresh this collection feels, despite its historical settings, and one that makes you want to start over as you turn the last page, to discover the clues you might have missed.

One of my favourite reads of 2021!”

—Beverley Lee, author, Goodreads review

Journey into the Occult, Where History is Horror

Presented in six tales, GRIMOIRE OF THE FOUR IMPOSTORS takes readers on a dark tour of the 17th century, where corners of the world stand in shadow. Here grimoires possess secrets, impostors beguile the unwary, temptation turns macabre, and the night is no friend.

 Embrace the Martyr

Touch the Nightshade

Taste the Brine

Wield the Hatchet


Available in hardcover, paperback, and ebook formats.


  • 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 anthologies and magazines. He’s published in a wide range of genres, including western, science-fiction, adventure, crime, fantasy, horror, and mystery.

    Other influences include authors Philip K. Dick, Raymond Chandler, Fritz Leiber, M.R. James, Chester Himes, 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.


    His first novel, Grimoire of the Four Impostors, will be released in 2021. | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Amazon Author Page

  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-944286-19-4 (paperback)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-944286-29-3 (hardcover)

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