“All the best stories start with a girl alone in the woods,” says author Elisabeth de Mariaffi, “my mother’s family grew up right on the border of Austria, so I grew up with fairy tales — not those Disney-fied ones… but some very dark versions of grim tales that also work as allegories and warnings. Those old stories are settled so deeply within us.”
Elisabeth is the author of several books, including the Scotiabank Giller Prize longlisted short story collection How to Get Along with Women, and The Devil You Know, named a Globe and Mail and National Post Best Book, and shortlisted for the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award. Her poetry and short fiction have been published in magazines across Canada.
In her new book Hysteria, described by Quill & Quire as a “taut and propulsive psychological thriller”, Heike Lerner’s carefree life with her young son and husband is gradually disrupted by strange and sinister experiences, which she tries to dismiss and ignore. When her son suddenly disappears, and her husband reacts with chilling indifference, however, she comes to realize that that creeping suspicion wasn’t just her imagination after all.
Elisabeth lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland, with the poet George Murray and their children.