Thought I’d keep you all posted on how our Salem Witch Trial book is coming along. The prompt for writing this book started when I found out that my family was involved. The Tyler Family had several people accused and one, Moses Tyler, being the accuser. Magistrate Dudley Bradstreet and his wife Ann Wood Bradstreet were also accused. Simon Bradstreet was Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony until May of 1692 when Sir William Phips was appointed by the King and Queen of England.
Mike, being a true UFOlogist, raised the question, what if what happened in Salem was really caused by aliens?
I have read several books on the history of Salem, including a very comprehensive book by Marilynne K. Roach called “The Salem Witch Trials, a Day-by-Day Chronicle of a Community Under Siege” published by Taylor Trade Books. It is interesting to read of certain actual events that happened that certainly raise questions. Several people saw bright lights in the sky, or in their bedroom when they woke to find some of the witches “on them.” They testified that when that happened, they felt a pinch in their necks and were unable to move for several hours. Or some people saw a bright light while walking outside and found themselves in fields not knowing how they got there.
To this day, no one knows what really caused the mass hysteria. We know that it started with a handful of pre and teenaged girls who played with things they should not have been. There were other factors including greed and revenge by people like Thomas Putnam but to date, no one has been able to come up with a concrete reason for what happened. Before the trials were stopped over 200 people had been accused.
Unfortunately, as a result of the frenzy, twenty four innocent people lost their lives. Nineteen were hanged, four died in prison and one unfortunate man was crushed to death.
Our story starts out with the girls playing with witchcraft. Our main character is Lars Jacobsson, a Nordic Alien assigned to monitor the experiments by the master Grays to see how far they can push a community until it turns on itself. Lars has no choice but to obey his masters until the experiment affects those he cares about, including young Hannah Foster.
Right now I’m mostly getting in the timeline, then we’ll put color and emotion in. We’re at about 25,000 words and counting! Should be a fun book when it’s done.
Memorial at Gallows Hill, Danvers (formerly Salem), Massachusetts