It's time for the first giveaway of this year's Halloweird Creepfest!
All month long we'll be hosting guest posts from some of our favorite authors, giveaways from some of our favorite publishers, and reviews of what we hope will become some of our favorite books. In honor of the seasonally mandated excuse for indulging in our dark sides and exploring what scares us, we'll be doing just that.
Kicking things off today, the good folks at Penguin Books have offered up one (1) paperback copy of The Penguin Book of Witches, edited by Katherine Howe.
From a manual for witch hunters written by King James himself in 1597, to court documents from the Salem witch trials of 1692, to newspaper coverage of a woman stoned to death on the streets of Philadelphia while the Continental Congress met, The Penguin Book of Witches is a treasury of historical accounts of accused witches that sheds light on the reality behind the legends.
Bringing to life stories like that of Eunice Cole, tried for attacking a teenage girl with a rock and buried with a stake through her heart; Jane Jacobs, a Bostonian so often accused of witchcraft that she took her tormentors to court on charges of slander; and Increase Mather, an exorcism-performing minister famed for his knowledge of witches, The Penguin Book of Witches provides a unique tour through the darkest history of English and North American witchcraft.
ADVANCE PRAISE FOR THE PENGUIN BOOK OF WITCHES:
“With insightful notations… this superbly edited and annotated work provides in-depth material for those interested in the origins of witchcraft persecution in America.”
“Fascinating and insightful. With her usual skill, Katherine Howe navigates the winding path leading to Salem’s hysteria and beyond. A must-read for anyone who wants to know not only what happened but also how and why.”
—Brunonia Barry, New York Times-bestselling author of The Lace Reader
“This comprehensive collection of carefully selected documents and published primary materials, coupled with judicious and informative introductions, will help modern readers understand the seemingly inexplicable and persistent popular phenomenon of belief in witchcraft from the seventeenth century into more modern times.”
—Mary Beth Norton, author of In the Devil’s Snare
“An informative and engaging series of texts that Katherine Howe introduces in a crisp and well-informed manner. The chronological breadth is unusual, but it allows us to grasp more fully the continuities that mark the history of witch-hunting on both sides of the Atlantic.”
—David D. Hall, Harvard Divinity School
ABOUT THE EDITOR:
KATHERINE HOWE, the direct descendant of three accused Salem witches, is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, The House of Velvet and Glass, and the young-adult novel Conversion, a modern-day retelling of The Crucible set in a Massachusetts prep school. She teaches in the American Studies program at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. You can visit her website at www.katherinehowe.com.