A Season with the Witch: The Magic and Mayhem of Halloween by J. W. Ocker

By J. W. Ocker

Edgar Award-winning commute author spends an autumn residing in a single of America's spookiest vacationer locations: Salem, Massachusetts

Salem, Massachusetts, could be the strangest urban on the earth. A unmarried occasion in its four hundred years of history—the Salem Witch Trials of 1692—transformed it into the Capital of Creepy in the United States. yet Salem is a seasonal town—and its season occurs to be Halloween. each October, this small urban of 40,000 swells to shut to part one million as witches, goblins, ghouls, and ghosts (and their admirers) descend on Essex highway. For the autumn of 2015, occult fanatic and Edgar Award–winning author J.W. Ocker moved his kin of 4 to downtown Salem to event firsthand a season with the witch, traveling all of its ancient websites and macabre points of interest. In among, he interviews its leaders and electorate, its marketers and viewers, its road performers and Wiccans, its psychics and critics, making a photograph of this particular position and the folks who experience, or basically climate, its witchiness.

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