The Witch at Sparrow Creek – updates and acknowledgements

The book’s available NOW at Barnes and Noble and Hippocampus and Rising Shadow – SOON  it will also be available in eBook and Kindle format. I will post as soon as I know.

There are so many, many of you who were part of this book, whether you knew it or not! It’s hard to make these kinds of lists because you might miss someone, but the greatest thing about writing is that you can always edit!

I especially want to thank my editor, ST Joshi, who took the time to read through an early manuscript and honored my work by telling me the truth about it and sending me in the right direction.

Also, my publisher, Hippocampus, and its founder, Mr. Hussey, for the kindest guidance, care-taking, inspiration, and for introducing me to the glimmering, shadowy landscape of weird fiction.

My wife, Sarah, for her enormous love, her constant, logical questions, for being my original editor, and for loving me throughout, despite my meltdowns and bad impersonations.

My dad, for telling me specifically to change the title and for being my friend since my first memories..

My sister, for loving me so much and for teaching me that witches can be very good people.

My mom, for instilling in me the love and respect for the native people of this land and the way they respect the creation. And for being the first reader of my story, for editing, and for telling me about the parts that scared her so much she had to put it down! I kept all those parts, Mom!

Orton Jones, also for editing, reading and generally supporting his odd, but lovable son-in-law through awkward times, canasta, and adventures in Greece.

Mary Jo, for always making me laugh and keeping me in line and beating me at canasta.

Janet Kent, for being so, so excited about the book! And for always making me feel at home.

Amy Williams, for reminding me that I’m a writer, not letting me forget it, and helping me become the kind of person who has a book published and smiles more often.

Clemente Ruiz for cussing me out when I really needed it more than anything else.

Mr. Watts, for being a man of action.

Moxxee, and the gang over there that makes my coffee, like everyday. It’s the best coffee in the world! It really is, thank you!

Dr. Tom Robinson, for helping me become such good friends with CS Lewis, and for lighting the Way.

Mr. Mudd, for always making me feel like a celebrity, for lifting me toward heaven – and for cherry cobbler made on the campfire.

Everyone who played Beyond the Supernatural, Heroes Unlimited, MERP, TMNT, Vampire the Masquerade, Shadowrun, Planet Zeon, Hamlet 1992, Lazer Tag, and everything else. The clackity-click of a d20 on a kitchen table top is still my favorite sound – Gary, Jeremy, Rusty, Travis, Chuck!

 

 

 

 

 

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The Witch at Sparrow Creek

The Witch at Sparrow Creek by Josh Kent

  • Paperback (eBook available soon at Amazon.com)
  • 356 pages
  • ISBN 9781614981237
  • 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

“The Witch at Sparrow Creek is is a resurrection of the genre, pulling those of us who care about such things back to a better time when these novels meant something — and, it helps to usher in a new generation of fans who will soon find themselves enthralled with this small, almost fictional town and its too real people. In Kent’s debut novel, we are introduced to not only resonating horror  but to a long and promising career for the author.” — Joel L. Watts, author

 

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