Wither Mass Market Paperback – 1 Mar 2000
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"Publishers Weekly"[A] suspenseful horror story....Readers who savor supernatural menace will enjoy its edge.
From the Author
WITHER, my debut novel, is a nightmare in progress.
WITHER is a novel of supernatural terror. I've always felt suspense works best when you have sympathetic, likeable characters in dire situations. By setting a tale in the supernatural genre, I have the added bonus - assuming readers are willing to suspend disbelief - of extending dire situations into the realm of nightmares and imagination made real. Truth may be stranger than fiction, but nightmares are often more frightening than reality. And it is supremely hard not to 'believe' a nightmare while it is in progress.
I also believe horror can best harness the reader's willingness to suspend disbelief when the writer takes care to root his nightmare in a known quantity, a bit of history, a dash of legend, a glimpse of myth. In other words, give the reader a valid starting point for the flight of dark fancy. WITHER has its roots in the Salem witch trials of the late Seventeenth Century. From there, WITHER explores the arcane world of witchcraft and asks the question: What if this evil coven of witches did not die when they were supposedly executed? What if, over the course of three centuries, they have grown and been transformed into dark, predatory creatures with only the vaguest memories of their human origin, if indeed they were ever truly human?
WITHER is set in a present-day college town, Windale, Massachusetts, where three of its residents have been chosen as prey by the ancient coven: a young girl, a college co-ed, who happens to be a practicing wiccan, and a pregnant college professor.
Think of WITHER as a nightmare in progress. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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THIS Halloween, the three witches plan to drain the life force of three women, so they may "live" again. Wendy is a college student who dabbles in white magic. Karen is a single, pregnant professor. Abby is an eight year old who stumbles across the graves of the three witches. The circle is cast. The battle begins.
***In a word, "WOW!" I wish I could make all horror fans go purchase this one! It's hard to believe this is J.G. Passarella's first novel. From page one chills went down my spine. I never put the book down. A definate "Keeper" to be read many times in the future. It is a dark, irresistible, and demonic story to keep you up at night!***
Mr. Passarella portrays in this book a charming college town on the brink of terror beyond imaging. The town has a centuries old history of three witches condemned to die in the only witch trial the town. Unlike many innocent women convicted of being witches during their time, these were not innocent women, they were evil to the core -- the worst of all three was one called "Wither". The three witches come back to terrorize the small town in the 20th century and steel the lives of three innocent people -- a college professor, a young college student, and an 8 year old girl. To tell much more of the story would ruin the mystery that unravels in it the book.
The characters are well developed, particularly the character of Wendy a girl who dabbles in white magic and believes she has brought the terror to her sleepy town accidently and also believes that she must find away to banish it on her own.
Read it, but make sure you leave a light on because you won't sleep well when you do!
It begins with the creepy nightmares of an eight-year old girl, Abbie, who sees the line between her dreams and reality begin to blur and continues with the college president's daughter, Wendy Ward, having tellingly similar nightmares.
Wendy is the protagonist who brings her "White Magic" to bear on menacing forces of evil that slowly evolve from characters in the nightmares of three Windale residents into more threatening creatures that begin to intrude in horrific ways upon unsuspecting citizens of this creaky old town.
This fascinating tale of evil and darkness is told by first-time novelist Jack Passarella who establishes himself as a new star on the horizon of the horror and supernatural story-telling genre. His meticulously detailed description of each scene makes it easy to vizualize each as they slowly unfold to reveal increasingly frightening incidents.
This fast-paced, action-packed tale begs to be made into a movie. It is a natural for today's special effects masters and I can hardly wait to see if their interpretation of Mr. Passarella's scenes match mine.
Make sure you have nothing on your schedule before you turn to the first page of this book, you'll find it very difficult to interrupt your reading after you get started.
However, teenage Wendy, a practicing Wiccan, casts a spell that leads to an evil presence overwhelming the town. People disappear or are murdered. A pregnant woman becomes insanely frightened by the fetus growing within her body. An eight-year old girl turns into a completely different person. An avarice monster turns to Wendy as her central focus to obtain hisher nightmarish dream of control. Slowly, Wendy begins to understand what she has unleashed and knows that she must confront and somehow defeat the evil that is older than eternity.
J.G. Passarella's debut novel is an exciting horror tale that successfuly adds immense levels of psychological suspense into its mix. Wendy is a great protagonist and the transformation of the personas of the townsfolk seems genuine since none of them leave their basic character. The evil also comes across as a genuine being. This is one tale that never WITHERs as fans of the genre will relish this fabulous story.
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