By: J. D. Barker
Narrated by: Christina Delaine
New from Master of Suspense, J.D. BARKER Bram Stoker Award Nominee – Superior Achievement in a First Novel Book One of the Shadow Cove Saga From the witch trials of centuries past, an evil awakens. Inspired by Actual Events
Excerpt from the Journal of Clayton Stone – 1692 She was examined today without torture at Shadow Cove township on the charge of witchcraft. She said she was wholly innocent of the crime and has never in life renounced God. I watched as they brought her out. A poor, sickly thing, worn by her time behind the walls of her prison. Her bared feet and hands bound in leather, her clothing tattered to that of ruin. Despite such condition, her head was held high, her eyes meeting those of her accusers. She still refuses to provide her name so we remain unable to search baptismal records, nor has her family stepped forward to claim her as their own. We have no reason to believe she is anything but an orphaned child. I find myself unable to look at her directly in the moments preceding her trial. She is watching me though; with eyes of the deepest blue, she is watching me. Thad McAlister, Rise of the Witch.
When horror author Thad McAlister began his latest novel, a tale rooted in the witch trials of centuries past, the words flowed effortlessly. The story poured forth, filling page after page with the most frightening character ever to crawl from his imagination. It was his greatest work, one that would guarantee him a position among the legends of the craft.
But was it really fiction?
He inadvertently opened a door, one that would soon jeopardize the lives of his family.
She wants to come back. A
t home, his wife struggles to keep their family alive.
Secretly wondering if she caused it all…a deal she made long ago.
A deal with the Forsaken.
For the full effect of this novel, sit on your front porch after dark, one earbud in, with Christine Delaine reading to you out of the darkness.
Creepy is the word that ran on repeat through my mind as I listened to this novel. It is the darkest form witchcraft can take – born from the fear that ransacked Salem all those years ago. For the first time, even after all my research into the witch crazes throughout Europe and later, America, I felt I got a true idea of the terror that perpetrated the insanity.
Of course, it also reminds us that a person is smart, but people are stupid (generally).
Then the bad guy threatens the family you love more than life itself.
On top of all of this, if you haven’t learned enough, comes the final lesson: Be careful what you wish for.
J. D. Barker has woven a story with the intricate threads of fear in every single page. Without graphic violence or random shock bits or weird, unpredictable twists, this is a story very much worth listening to. After dark. On your front porch.