How Pale the Winter Has Made Us
Adam Scovell

“One of the most interesting and original young British writers about landscape, culture and people that I know; consistently adventurous in his explorations of place as a novelist, essayist, critic and film-maker.
– Robert Macfarlane

“Adam Scovell is an archaeologist of the imagination, forever unearthing stories like treasure from the soil, raising ghosts, finding links and shining a flickering light into England’s hidden corners.”
– Benjamin Myers

“Restrained, precise, perceptive writing. Fine British weird.”
– Adam Nevill, on Mothlight

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How Pale the Winter Has Made Us by Adam Scovell

Isabelle is alone in Strasbourg. The day after her partner leaves to travel abroad, she receives news of her father’s suicide, his body found hanging in a park back home in Crystal Palace. Isabelle misses her flight back to London and a new university job, opting to stay in her partner’s empty flat over the winter.

Obsessed with the many strange coincidences in Strasbourg’s turbulent history, Isabelle seeks to slowly dissolve into the past, succumbing to visions and dreams as she develops her meticulous research about the city. Stalked by the unnerving spirit of the Erl-King  she fears something else has died along with her father; the spectres of Europe communicating a hidden truth beneath the melancholia.

How Pale the Winter Has Made Us rummages through the crumbling ruins of a life, building cartographies of place and death under a darkening sky.


About the author

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Adam Scovell is a writer from Merseyside now based in London. He completed his PhD in Music at Goldsmiths in 2018. His work is regularly published by the British Film Institute, Sight & Sound, Little White Lies and Caught by the River. In 2017, his first book Folk Horror: Hours Dreadful and Things Strange was published by Auteur and University of Columbia Press. In 2019, his first novel Mothlight was published by Influx Press.


Paperback ISBN: 9781910312452

Ebook ISBN: 9781910312469

Publication date: February 2020

Formats: Paperback / eBook