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Friday, November 2, 2012

Halloween Blogfest Tara Lain

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The Witch Craze


Happy almost Halloween everyone! I’m not only celebrating the night of ghouls and goblins, I’m celebrating the release of my new paranormal MM erotic romance novel, Brush with Catastrophe. It's about witches-- in my case a male witch. But my hero is a young witch and student at a Manhattan university. One of his teachers, another witch, is a professor of history and teaches a class on the witch craze that gripped Europe and later the US from the 1400s through part of the 1700s. If you have ever studied this time in history, you have to get a chill. And if you’re female, feeling a bit of outrage may also be in order. Here is a little excerpt from the history of the witch craze which ultimately killed perhaps hundreds of thousands of people (the low estimate is over 100,000) at least 80% of whom were women. Here's a bit of the history --

It was announced that satanists in Germany were meeting with demons, casting spells that destroyed crops, and aborting infants. The pope asked two friars, Heinrich Kramer (a papal inquisitor of sorcerers from Innsbruck) and Jacob Sprenger, to publish a full report on the suspected witchcraft. Two years later, the friars published Malleus maleficarum ("Hammer of Witches") which put to rest the old orthodoxy that witches were powerless in the face of God to a new orthodoxy that held Christians had an obligation to hunt down and kill them. The Malleus told frightening tales of women who would have sex with any convenient demon, kill babies, and even steal penises. (The friars asked, "What is to be thought of those witches who collect...as many as twenty or thirty members together, and put them in a bird's nest or shut them up in a box, where they move themselves like living members and eat oats and corn?" Over the next forty years, the Malleus would be reprinted thirteen times and come to help define the crime of witchcraft. Much of the book offered hints to judges and prosecutors, such as the authors' suggestion to strip each suspect completely and inspect the body to see whether a mole was present that might be a telltale sign of consort with demons, and to have the defendants brought into court backwards to minimize their opportunities to cast dangerous spells on officials.

Outbreaks of witchcraft hysteria, with subsequent mass executions, began to appear in the early 1500s. Authorities in Geneva, Switzerland burned 500 accused witches at the stake in 1515. Nine years later in Como, Italy, a spreading spiral of witchcraft charges led to as many as 1000 executions.

Amazing what we humans can do when we demonize some group. When will we ever learn?

In my previous paranormal novel, Spell Cat, my hero Killian Barth, tells his mother that in the witch trials humans never captured a real witch. They just accused and killed each other. He is almost certainly correct! LOL.

But in Brush with Catastrophe, witches most certainly exist. This story tells of a seemingly powerless young witch who, with the black cat familiar Aloysius, has to change the world in order to save his race and the man he loves. It seems really fitting that Brush with Catastrophe should be released the day before Halloween on Samhain!

Please leave a comment on this blog and you may win a copy of Halloween Heat IV, the erotic romance anthology that features my sexy story, "Trex or Treat." About the Author:
Tara Lain’s first erotic romance novel was published in January of 2011. She’s now on book 16. Her novels have garnered awards for Best Series of 2011, Best Contemporary Romance, and Tara has been named Best Writer of the Year in the LRC Awards. In her other job, Tara owns an advertising and public relations firm, and she carries her promotional instincts into her writing career as well. She lives with her soul-mate husband in Laguna Beach, California, a pretty seaside town where she sets a lot of her books. Passionate about diversity, justice, and new experiences, Tara says on her tombstone it will say “Yes”!

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10 comments:

Jean MP said...

Yes you would think the human race would learn to be more tolerant, but we never do it seems. Look forward to reading your stories.
skpetal at hotmail dot com

Debby said...

History is so fascinating. Makes you wonder who came up with the accusation.
debby236 at gmail dot com

ad0ffae6-78f6-11e1-8cde-000bcdcb5194 said...

I hadn't realized the full history of the demonization of witches...really makes you think.

vitajex(at)aol(dot)com

Rush said...

I am so glad we don't live like that any longer. I would've been burned at the stake without a court hearing! It's sad to learn so many injustices performed in the name of god (even sadder that wars and hatred is still rampant for the same reason). *SMH*
~Rush~
taina1959@yahoo.com

booklover0226 said...

This was a really interesting and informative post, Tara.

Congrats on your latest release; I look forward in reading it.

Thanks,
Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

AJ said...

I don't think the human race will ever learn. We are doomed to keep repeating the same mistakes while thinking... Oh but it won't happen because I'm doing it right!

It is a fascinating story!

AJ

AJKelton1@gmail.com

Tara Lain said...

Thank you so much for your comments, everyone. One of you will win Halloween Heat IV and you are all entered in my blog tour contest as well. You can check that out at http://beautifulboysbooks.blogspot.com : )

SheriV said...

I'm picking up Spell Cat and I love your perspective.

smurfettev AT Gmail DOT com

Yvette said...

Unfortunately we have always found some group to torture and torment with little regard for life...
Yvette
yratpatrol@aol.com

Loveless3173 said...

It's really just terrible to think how awful the human race really is. Humans are the only animals that kill for fun. All others kill to survive. It's disgusting. oh... what I'd give to be a Liger.. LOL...

Enjoying the tour. :)

Judi
arella3173_loveless@yahoo(dot)com