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“With WITCH HUNTS, Rocky Wood and Lisa Morton tear apart the lies and skewed histories to tell the naked truth. It’s an unflinching, realistic, and oddly elegant graphic novel about very real monsters and their victims. Highly recommended!” –Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of FIRE & ASH and EXTINCTION MACHINE

Witch Hunts: A Graphic History of the Burning Times is a fascinating story beautifully told.  Rocky Wood and Lisa Morton have turned the light of intelligent investigation onto one of the darkest persecutions in our history.  This is a must have for horror fans and history buffs alike.” -Joe McKinney, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Dead City and Inheritance

“Rocky Wood, Lisa Morton and Greg Chapman did a brilliant job of covering a lot of ground – and I read the dang thing straight through. So I would say it’s a terrific book. And I found myself vacillating between the drawings and the words. I thought I would develop a pattern of looking at first one and then the other, but it was erratic. Interesting. And I enjoyed the black/white aspect of the book. I had wondered if I would miss color (dredging back to the old comic books I read as a child) but I didn’t even think about it.” – Carolyn Haines, writing as R.B. Chesterton, author of The Darkling

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WITCH HUNTS follows the heinous trajectory of witch hunts through its background, methods, victims and the profiteers who grew rich from torturing and burning those accused of sorcery. Infamous witch hunters Heinrich Kramer (author of the notorious how-to manual, the Malleus Maleficarum), Matthew Hopkins (aka the Witchfinder General) appear in all their gut-wrenching inhumanity. And, of course, America’s own horrifically failed experiment with theocracy in a small Puritan town called Salem is featured. Enlightening, entertaining, and marvelously illustrated, WITCH HUNTS is a splendid and comprehensive guide to the Burning Times.” – The Tomb of Dark Delights

“In Witch Hunts: A Graphic History of the Burning Times, Rocky Wood, Lisa Morton, and Greg Chapman offer a succinct yet chilling account of the witch trials in graphic novel format.” – EasyVegan

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“Remember, I said I pretty much hate history, however this book was absolutely amazing!  I was a little familiar with some of the witch hunt acts that had occurred over the years, but hadn’t heard of nearly as many as Rocky Wood and Lisa Morton compiled into this one graphic novel.  Not only did they have detailed facts about the witch hunts throughout the years, but they wrote about them in a way that was fun to read.  Yes, I just used the word “fun” in referring to history.  Additionally, the artwork that is supplied by Greg Chapman in this book is absolutely phenomenal!  Excluding the cover, the artwork is completely in black and white, but I think color would’ve taken away from the style of this book and the fact that it was depicting olden times.” – Rhonda Wilson, Reads, Rants and Ramblings

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“The overall narrative is one we’re all familiar with through the culture of horror-literature and -cinema: that despicable period of inhumanity that began with the Spanish Inquisition and spread as Witch Hunts and Witch Trials throughout Europe and the New World. But Wood, Morton and Chapman take us beyond that; back to the religious and biblical origins of ‘Witchcraft’ as an evil and as a sin in the introduction, then later beyond the 18th Century. They also delve deeper. They offer up an onslaught of historical events and incidents. Grotesque images by Chapman. Individual things that happened to individual people, and these people had names. Sure, I’d sort of read and seen TV docos on the sort of things that the Catholic Church did in the 15th Century, or what occurred in Salem. But never before has this history been shown to me on such a personal level. As I said, these people had names, and now I know some of them. That has to bring anyone closer to history, doesn’t it? Gets you right in there, and you begin to really understand what these people went through. Isn’t that what learning history is all about?” – Andrew J McKiernan, THIRTEEN O’CLOCK

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“This immensely detailed non-fiction graphic novel covers what we know as witches and witchcraft by historical fact told through informative and entertaining narration, character-true dialogue with beautifully dark illustrations. Beginning well beyond our common understanding, when it was against Catholic belief of witchcraft to their persecution and the infamous Salem trials, to near-present day; Wood, Morton and Chapman bring enlightened insight to periods, circumstances and individual lives that are largely unknown and overlooked by textbooks and references. From acts of deceit prompted by envy and greed, those unjustified and unwarranted which sent women and men alike to their deaths are highlighted and explained beyond footnotes, as they have largely been treated, and done so in a unique and original way that keeps the energy of the book flowing to the very last panel and page. Witch Hunts is a sociological look at tragic and deplorable events at the hands of misled peoples and evil figures, such as Heinrich Kramer, author of the Malleus Maleficarum.
What is special to this graphic novel is the authors’ vast, in-depth personal knowledge of their topic and subject(s). Provided in a clear and compelling voice, with stunning illustrations to help involve the reader Witch Hunts: A Graphic History of the Burning Times is an engrossing, compelling book.” – Dustin LaValley, SHOCK HORROR MAGAZINE

” The extensive research, passion, and knowledge on the subject-matter clearly shows throughout the book and graphics. Had history classes been taught in such a fashion, I might have been inclined to pay more attention.” – Shannon Gambino, HODGE PODGE GALORE REVIEWS

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“Wood and Morton did a lot of research for WITCH HUNTS and it shows.  The novel is succinct yet informative and the accompanying artwork brings the history to life.” – Colleen Wanglund, THE HORROR FICTION REVIEW

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“An outstanding overview of a vast subject in a concise and easy to read volume, ‘Witch Hunts’ has resonance for all people living today.” – Talie Helene, editor of The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy & Horror anthology series

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“…a short snappy narrative that doesn’t belabour points, hit’s the tour highlights, and keeps driving through the pages in order to fully cover the subject matter. There are simply no wasted words, an incredible amount of detail, and enough coverage of each major event to have the reader at least up to speed with the subject matter…Chapman has a fine eye for period detail, styles, and clothes, and nails the expressions throughout of a multitude of characters…Recommendation, people, well worth adding to your collection of dark subject matter.”Scaryminds

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“The biggest attribute of Witch Hunts probably comes in the form of its education. Even if you have an intimate knowledge of the burning times and in particular events like the Salem Witch Trials, there is bound to be a nugget of information within these pages that will come as a surprise. Moreover, the book is philosophical at heart, and you will be asking yourself the pertinent questions.” – Matthew Tait, Hellnotes

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“Do yourself a favor and pick up this absolutely stunning non-fiction graphic novel, it is eye opening and meticulously presented. It will linger with you long after you put it down and I give it my highest recommendation.” – Peter Schwotzer, Famous Monsters of Filmland

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“Enlightening, entertaining, and marvelously illustrated, WITCH HUNTS is a splendid and comprehensive guide to the Burning Times.” – The Tomb of Dark Delights

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“Don’t mistake this as just another history book on the Salem Witch Trials. The graphic novel digs deeper into the issues with graphics and dialogue that bring the witch-hunts to life” – Digital Journal

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You guys did a brilliant job of covering a lot of ground--and I read 
> the dang thing straight through. My focus is so scattered these days 
> that my flea-brain seldom holds still for that long. So I would say 
> it's a terrific book. And I found myself vacillating between the 
> drawings and the words. I thought I would develop a pattern of 
> looking at first one and then the other, but it was erratic. 
> Interesting. (At least to me. I teach "read with the gut" to my 
> students, and this was purely gut reaction.) And I enjoyed the 
> black/white aspect of the book. I had wondered if I would miss color 
> (dredging back to the old comic books I read as a child) but I 
> didn't even think about it.