When Elizabeth Stone sought the aid of Dr Gaylord Carew to save her child, Betty-Ann, from strange and terrible danger, he soon discovered that a malign and horrible influence was at work in the lonely house off the New England coast. The others in the house — Joseph, Quincy, and Zoia — maintained that Betty-Ann suffered tantrums; Betty-Ann herself believed that the evil ghost of old Miss Sarai reached across the divide to torment her. The things that happened to Betty-Ann suggested sorcery to Dr Carew, and when he sought to combat them, he found the vengeful influence behind them turned upon him as well.
Events move rapidly toward climax and anti-climax in this skillfully written novel which in its theme suggests Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw, and in its treatment Francis Brett Young’s Cold Harbour, though it is a completely original work of marked power and a fine quality of imaginative adventure. Miss Walton’s style is persuasive as well as powerful; Witch House is the product of a keenly imaginative and well disciplined mind.
This expanded Centipede edition of Witch House contains the twenty-thousand word prologue to the novel, never reprinted in full before now, written by Walton for the 1950 British edition, along with newly published material including two chapters of an unfinished novel about the Salem witchcraft trials. Also included is a new introduction by Douglas A. Anderson, a new afterword by by writer and historian Darrell Schweitzer, and an interview with Walton by Schweitzer as well.
This edition also features bonus short stories by Evangeline Walton, color reproductions of every domestic and foreign edition of Witch House ever published.
The interior illustrations are by noted artist Rodger Gerberding. The jacket is by J.K. Potter. The book is bound in black cloth with the cover image inset into the front board. The whole is wrapped in a striking dustjacket. The edition is limited to just 200 copies and each is signed by Douglas A. Anderson, Rodger Gerberding, J.K Potter, Darrell Schweitzer, and a special facsimile signature by Evangeline Walton.