Witch Hunts: A Graphic History of the Burning Times, a graphic novel written by Bram Stoker Award winners Rocky Wood and Lisa Morton, illustrated by Greg Chapman, is now available from McFarland & Company Publishers.

Description: For nearly three centuries, as the Black Death rampaged through Europe and the Reformation tore the Church apart, tens of thousands were arrested as witches and subjected to trial, torture, and execution, including being burned alive. This graphic novel examines the background; the methods of the witch hunters; who stood to profit; the brave few who protested; and how the trials finally faded as Enlightenment replaced fear and superstition with reason and science. The book examines famed witch hunters Heinrich Kramer, architect of the infamous Malleus Maleficarum; Matthew Hopkins, England’s notorious “Witchfinder General”; King James I, supposedly the target of assassination by a Scottish coven; the Salem Witch Trials; and the last witch trials and executions in Europe.

The book runs 185 pages, and also includes a bibliography.

About the Authors:

Rocky Wood is a Bram Stoker Award winning author and President of the Horror Writers Association (HWA). He is the author of four major works about Stephen King – The Complete Guide to the Works of Stephen King (2004); Stephen King: Uncollected, Unpublished (2006); Stephen King: The Non-Fiction (2009); and Stephen King: A Literary Companion (2011). The latter three were all nominated for the iconic Bram Stoker Award; and Stephen King: A Literary Companion won the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction. He is recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on King’s work. A freelance journalist since the 1970s, his first graphic novel, Horrors! Great Stories of Fear and Their Creators (McFarland, 2010), was nominated for a Black Quill Award and the Aurealis Award, and is illustrated by the Maine artist, Glenn Chadbourne.

He has spoken at numerous conventions about both horror and Stephen King, including the SKEMER Con in Estes Park, Colorado (2003); Continuum 3 (2005) and Continuum 4 (2006) in Melbourne, Australia; Conflux 3 in Canberra, Australia (2006); the 2nd Annual Stephen King Dollar Baby Festival in Bangor, Maine (2005); the World Horror Conventions in Salt Lake City (2008, and 2012) and Austin, Texas (2011); the World Science Fiction Convention in Melbourne (2010) and the Horror Writers Association Bram Stoker Award Weekends in Burbank, California (2009) and Long Island, New York (2011).

Rocky lives in Melbourne, Australia. He is an avid Rugby Union, Cricket, Association Football (Soccer) and Boston Red Sox baseball fan. A proud member of the Horror Writers Association, he has served on their Board since 2008 and is also a Member of the Australian Horror Writers Association.

Lisa Morton is a screenwriter, the author of dozens of short stories, and a world-renowned Halloween expert. Her fiction works include the Bram Stoker Award-winning and Black Quill-nominated novel The Castle of Los Angeles, the acclaimed short story collection Monsters of L.A., and the novellas Wild Girls, The Samhanach, and The Lucid Dreaming. Her book The Halloween Encyclopedia was recently released in an expanded second edition, and forthcoming from Reaktion Books is Trick or Treat?: A History of Halloween. She lives in North Hollywood, California.

About the Illustrator:

Greg Chapman is an emerging horror author and artist from Australia. In 2011, US publisher Damnation Books published his horror novellas Torment and The Noctuary. His third novella Vaudeville will be published by Australian publisher Dark Prints Press in July 2012. He’s had short stories published in Trembles Magazine, Bete Noire, Eclecticism and The Absent Willow Review. His illustrations have appeared in Midnight Echo Magazine, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine and Decay horror comic anthology. He is a member of both the Horror Writers Association (HWA) and Australian Horror Writers Association (AHWA).

You can pick up a copy of the book from Amazon here: Witch Hunts

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