Publisher: Necro Publications
Published: May 30, 2012
Edward Lee is one of those authors who can write a great book in any genre. His spellbinding prose makes for easy reading. It's hard to believe such beautiful writing can bring about such dread, depravity, and grotesque monstrosities. Edward Lee delivers all types of memorable horrors, WITCH WATER is no different. In fact, it's probably one of my favorite historical horror books. And I love a good historical horror tale.
Haver-Towne is considered the Second Salem Witch Trials, with a most colorful history. A demented warlock hell-bent on using his sired children for something far worse than sacrifice. A vile witch whose carnal abandon and utter diabolism startle even the most deranged imaginations. Not going to lie, WITCH WATER contains some taboo subjects.
Stew Fanshawe was looking for a place to lay low for a while, and Haver-Towne fit the bill. But instead of finding tranquility and self-reflection, Stew finds something much more unique: a town that was once steeped in a quagmire of witchcraft, satanic debauchery, and centuries-old occult science. Stew's a rich man with a sick past. He has skeletons in his closet, but he's not the only one. All is revealed in the end. That's what I love about Edward Lee's writing. He leaves no rock unturned, fleshing out everything––I'm talking plot and characters.
You not only fall in love with Haver-Towne, but you grow attached to the characters. As you read, more is revealed about the characters' pasts. Edward Lee puts that empathy on full display. You know the characters are terrible, but you want the best for them. He also leaves little hints along the way, specifically about some characters. I thought it was really clever because you don't notice them until you've read the last page.
What I love most about WITCH WATER is the fact that it is about a colonial village. I love history. I love studying and reading about witches and the witch trials. Needless to say, this book brought me great joy. Also, I didn't know what the title meant until I came upon the scene in the book. You won't be able to unsee that scene either.
WITCH WATER has time travel, which is dope AF. I love me some time travel. Edward Lee also delves into addiction. The main characters are addicted to different things, and those addictions play a big role. I thought it was an excellent way of making the characters seem redeemable.
There are several shocking scenes in this book, but the most shocking is the ending. Edward Lee called an audible at the line of scrimmage, completely fooled me, and brought me to my knees with that ending. I'm serious. I didn't see the ending coming. He pulled the rug right out from under me. It left me satisfied, with a smile on my face. And I still can't get over it.
If you haven't read Edward Lee, then WITCH WATER is a great place to start. I'll definitely be reading his other work.