Witch at Sparrow Creekby Josh Kent
Cover art by Jason C. Eckhardt.
As a boy, Jim Falk watched helplessly as Old Bendy’s Men dragged his father into the darkness. Now, Falk is lured by strange dreams to finish the incomplete work of his father, which was to rid the land of evil. He is hampered by his fears and addictions, but he leans on his father’s former archivist, Spencer Barnhouse, to help him secure ancient secrets and weapons for the fight. His dreams of a strange redhead and a dark figure lead him to the town of Sparrow, where he encounters a magician, a pack of wolves, and shadowy things lurking in the forest. When the local preacher tells him of a witch in the woods, his journey takes an even stranger turn.
“The Witch at Sparrow Creek is a scintillating novel — filled with lovingly drawn characters, a profound sense of place, and an abundance of supernatural terrors that will leave every reader enthralled. It is one of the finest first novels that the field of weird fiction has seen in many years.” — S. T. Joshi
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Josh Kent grew up wandering the forests and muddy banks of the Ohio River in the small town of Shadyside, once known mostly for its casket-making factory. He was enthralled by folk legends and tales of the supernatural since he was just a boy. The Witch at Sparrow Creek is his debut novel, reaching back deep into these fascinations. Kent lives in West Virginia with his wife, son, and their beloved cats.