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The Ten Best Books for fans of WGN’s Salem
It started with a prickling sensation on their skin. Then Abigail Williams, 11, and her cousin Betty Parris, 9, complained of feeling pinches and bites. They howled, writhed, went rigid and spoke gibberish. Friends and neighbors gathered in their house to pray and sing psalms. Weeks later, a well-meaning neighbor hit on a solution. Within days, Abigail and Betty named three local women as their tormentors. The ensuing hysteria that engulfed Salem, Mass.
To celebrate the season of the witch, Donna Thorland , a member of the script-writers team as well as a novelist, wrote a list of ten ways to get fans fix while waiting for Season Three. Pendle is to Britain what Salem is to America, and the witch trials there were equally terrifying. The Daylight Gate is a fantastically gothic novel about a heroine as driven and strong as Mary Sibley, told in fast moving, spare prose. Probably wise to purchase a nightlight before starting this one…. Essential reading for understanding the town then and today. This one is pure buried treasure. World Fantasy Award winner Brian McNaughton never became a household name because he was a writer ahead of his time.
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Fall is fast approaching, which means Halloween will be here before you know it, as will a flood of stories and products featuring broom-riding, wart-nosed, curse-casting witches. While autumn is generally affiliated with the beautiful colors of the changing leaves, the comfortable return of oversized sweaters, and the iconic taste of pumpkin spice everything, the season is often associated with one other thing: witches. With their pointy hats and boiling cauldrons in hand, these magical and often misunderstood women take over everything from your bookshelf and your television screen to your wardrobe and your home decor. Even makeup and fashion brands release products like mystical-themed eyeshadow palettes, wand-shaped brushes to witch-inspired accessories. Wicca is, after all, a very real, very religion that people all over the world practice, people who have historically been persecuted for their beliefs.