Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Photos of Salem, Massachusetts Related to the Witch Trials

As part of my research for The Ghosts of Salem Village, I went to Salem, Massachusetts to visit the historical locations associated with the Salem Witchcraft Trials of 1692 that appear in the novel. I also included the address of these locations in case anyone wanted to check them out later. 


Salem Jail 



The corner of Federal and St. Peters Streets marks the location of the old Salem Jail where those accused and/or found guilty of witchcraft were imprisoned. Those confined here were required to pay for the cost of their incarceration. When the trials concluded and the detained were set free, many could not afford to pay the costs of their imprisonment and were forced to stay in jail even longer. The front entrance to the jail was on St. Peters Street, to the right. 


On the opposite side of the street and slightly to the right, where the John Paul II Divine Mercy Shroud now stands (top photo), sat the John Ward House, which has since been relocated to the grounds of the Peabody-Essex Institute (bottom photo). Those who lived in the John Ward House during the trials got to watch the prisoners be escorted to and from the jail to the courthouse as well as witness the condemded be carted away to Proctor's Ledge for execution.


To the left of the John Paul II Divine Mercy Shroud, and directly across from the entrance to the jail, was an empty plot of land. It was at this location that Giles Corey was slowly crushed to death under a board piled with rocks. Under the laws of the time, issuing a plea meant that if the defendant was found guilty, that person's property and possessions could be confiscated by the authorities. Giles knew he would be wrongly found guilty of witchcraft and refused to enter a plea, so Sheriff George Corwin attempted to force one by placing Giles under a board and slowly covering him with rocks. Giles died two days later when his chest caved in but was never tried or found guilty and his family kept their land.


 I took this photo to show the relationship between the three locations.


Salem Town House

This location on the corner of Lynde and Washington Streets used to be the site of the Salem Town House where the trials of those accused of witchcraft were held and all of those brought before the bench were sentenced to death by hanging.

 

Judge Jonathon Corwin's Residence

 

This is the only structure directly linked to the witch trials still standing in Salem. The house was owned by Judge Jonathon Corwin, one of the magistrates who oversaw the trials and a cousin of Sheriff Corwin. It's now known as the Salem Witch House and sits on the corner of Essex and North Streets. The house was originally located one street over (approximately where the blue building behind it is) but had to be moved to widen the road for traffic. 


Proctor's Ledge


For decades, legend placed the site of the execution of Salem's witches at Gallows Hill, which can be seen in the upper right corner of the bottom photo. In the early 2000s, it was determined that Gallows Hill could not be the location of the executions since the corpses were left hanging as a warning and travelers passing the site recorded seeing the bodies as did nearby neighbors. However, none of those sightings corresponded to the top of Gallows Hill. Research determined that the only place where the bodies could be seen by those who witnessed them was at Proctor's Ledge near the base of the hill. In 2013, Salem erected this memorial to honor the memory of those unjustly executed.


Tavern

Ingersoll's Tavern was where the original hearings were conducted against those suspected of witchcraft and the determination made whether the accused should stand trial. The tavern still sits in the same spot it did in 1692, on the corner of Hobart and Centre Streets but now is part of Danvers, which incorporated parts of Salem Village. It is now a private residence so, if anyone goes to see the site, please respect the owner's privacy.


Rebecca Nurse's House


The Rebecca Nurse homestead has survived through the centuries and is now a museum in Danvers. Rebecca Nurse's grave is on the property, the only person executed for witchcraft known to have received a proper burial. For those wanting to visit, you can check out their homepage here


The following locations are not related to the witchcraft trials but do appear in The Ghosts of Salem Village, so I thought I'd include them here.

 

Pioneer Village


Pioneer Village plays a pivotal role in The Ghosts of Salem Village. The village was closed the day I visited, but this is what it looks like from the outside. The bottom photo is of the Governor's Mansion where all the excitement takes place.


The Hawthorne Hotel




The Hawthorne Hotel where Tatayana stays while she's in Salem, including the lobby and lounge. 
 
 
 

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Upcoming Podcasts and Conventions


With the release of The Ghosts of Salem Village this Friday, I'll be involved in several takeovers of Facebook groups over the next week. As you know, with all my takeovers, there will be lots of fun and giveaways. 

Saturday, 19 June, 5 PM to 9 PM EST -- I'll be hosting a release party on Scott Baker's Demon Hunters

Monday, 21 June, 4 PM to 7 PM EST -- I'll be hosting a takeover of Reading Zombie

Wednesday, 23 June, 6PM to 9PM EST -- I'll be hosting a takeover of Written Undead.

Friday, 26 June, 6PM to 9PM EST -- I'll be hosting a takeover of The Zombie Army.

In addition, on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 2 to 4 July, I'll be attending the New England Comic Con and Collectibles Extravaganza in the Boxborough Regency Hotel and Conference Center at 242 Adams Place in Boxborough, Massachusetts. I'll have all my books there to autograph as well as other swag. If you're in the area, please drop by and say hello. I'd love to meet you.



Saturday, June 12, 2021

Nurse Alissa vs. the Zombies II: Escape Is Available on Audible

I'm excited to announce that the Audible version of Nurse Alissa vs. the Zombies II: Escape is available for purchase on ACX for only $14.95

One day can change a person’s life forever.

Alissa anticipated a normal shift at Mass General Hospital until the zombie outbreak spread through Boston like wildfire. When patients and staff in the ER die, reanimate, and attack the living, Alissa must fight her way to safety to avoid becoming one of the ravenous hordes. To survive, she must develop instincts and skills she did not realize she had within her.

Escaping the hospital was one thing, but can Alissa survive the nightmare gripping Boston and make it out of the city to safety?

“It’s a gripping story. You’ll love nurse Alissa.” – David Simpson, author of the Zombie Road saga.

In case you missed the first book, Nurse Alissa vs. the Zombies is also available on Audible for $14.95.

They makes great reading for the beach or backyard.
 


 

Friday, June 4, 2021

The Ghosts of Eden Hollow Will Be FREE on Kindle 4 to 8 June

The Ghosts of Salem Village will be released on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited on 18 June. Be sure to pre-order your copy. The print version of the book should also be available on that day or shortly thereafter.

To give my readers a chance to get caught up on the Tatyana saga, The Ghosts of Eden Village will be FREE on Kindle from 4 to 8 June. 

 

They make for great summer beach reads. 

 


Tuesday, May 25, 2021

The Ghosts of Salem Village Is Now Available for Pre-Order

The Ghosts of Salem Village is now available for pre-order on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited. The Kindle price during the pre-order is $2.99, after which the price will rise to $3.99. The print version of the book should be available in late June/early July.  

Time does not heal all wounds. In some cases, the passing of time can drive a spirit mad.
 
Especially in Salem, a place surrounded by darkness and stained in the blood of the Salem Witch Trials. The city is now the home of a tormented soul that cannot find peace and seeks revenge.
 
Tatyana is the city’s last hope in a battle between a vengeful entity and the living. Will she be able to stop the ghost and put it to rest?
 
Buckle up for a wild ride as you join Tatyana and her ghostly sidekick Nick in their second adventure.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

I Will Be Attending the New England Comic Con and Collectibles Extravaganza

I received some unexpected good news this morning. 
 
I will be attending the New England Comic Con and Collectibles Extravaganza this 2-4 July at the Boxboro Regency Hotel in Boxboro, Massachusetts. This will be my first convention/book signing since the fall of 2019 and I'm excited about it.

If you live in the area, please drop by. I'll sign your books, we can chat, and maybe do drinks that night.

Saturday, May 1, 2021

A Bite of Things To Come

The first draft of The Ghosts of Salem Village is finished. It still has to go through beta reading and several editorial reviews. The scheduled release date is 18 June. The pre-order will be announced in mid-May. You'll be the first to hear about it.

The Tatyana vs. Ghosts series will continue though not at the pace originally intended. I'm shifting priorities to three other projects. For fans of the series, don't worry. I plan on tormenting Tatyana and Nick in a haunted insane asylum and a ghost ship in the near future.

Nurse Alissa will be around for a while longer. I'm working on a three-book story line that will pit Alissa against Slade for control of the southwest. What I have planned for Alissa's and Abney's groups will be just as intense as the first seven books, only on steroids.

In addition, Nurse Alissa vs. the Zombies II: Escape is currently in production for an Audible release this summer.

I've also started writing Frozen World, my non-zombie post-apocalypse novel. This is an idea I've been toying with for a while and have decided to give it a shot. I'm really excited about this.

The rest of this year will definitely be busy for me. Fans of Nurse Alissa will be pleased as well as those who love a good apocalypse story.