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Grimoire of the Four Impostors

Blood, Sweat, and Fears

“…recalls Elizabeth Kostova’s THE HISTORIAN in its sweeping historical breadth. A true historian himself, Hall brings so much of his knowledge to the table here. Real wars, ethnic conflicts, plagues, and scenes of medieval daily life (and other eras) form the backdrop of this expertly written work…Hall’s novel is run through with with a sense of the eerie that proceeds from his treatment of the mystical and occult—again informed by his deep reading and historical knowledge…It’s a gripping, horrific tale of the dark side of things, a gloriously disturbing ride.”

—Chris, 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


  • 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)

Also available as an ebook.