I’m a bestselling author and Salem witch trial expert. I’ve seen THE WITCH and would like to talk about fact & folklore. AMA!
THE WITCH is a horror sensation and I’d love to talk about the film’s fascinating intersection of fact & folklore, and the Salem witch trails that eventually proceeded in the decades following the time period in which the film takes place. AMA!
I'm a New York Times bestselling novelist, historian, and expert on early American witchcraft and folklore. This year I'm a visiting scholar at Stanford's Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, where I'm writing a new novel with a Southern magic element. I'm the editor of "The Penguin Book of Witches" from Penguin Classics, and hosted the Expedition Week special "Salem: Unmasking the Devil" for the National Geographic channel.
EDIT: Thanks everyone so much for stopping by to talk about THE WITCH with me today! I had a great time. I really enjoyed the film, and if you haven't seen it, go check it out. IF you want to read up on true-life witchcraft like we discussed today, check out THE PENGUIN BOOK OF WITCHES at your favorite local independent bookstore, or here: http://www.amazon.com/Penguin-Book-Witches-Katherine-Howe/
Thanks again, and I hope y'all know what you'll be for Halloween this year! Best, Katherine Howe