Spotlight & Author Q&A: Testament: The Trial by Edward V'Kanty

Book Blurb & Info

For the first time anywhere, Testament draws the reader into the New Yorke witch trials! Experience this 17th century horror firsthand and decide for yourself whether or not to condemn the accused for heresy and witchcraft.

Testament: The Trial It is a matter of public record (and public knowledge) that, in the year 1692, the infamous witch trials swept through the colony of Salem, Massachusetts. While precious little may be known about the witch trials of Salem and those witches that the good puritans of Salem persecuted, there is even less known about the witch trials that swept through the remainder of the Thirteen Colonies. For instance, in 1665, twenty-seven years before the Salem witch trials, the people of New Yorke believed themselves to be plagued by the devil's works and so the New Yorke Court of Assizes was established to deal with this spiritual epidemic. The New Yorke witch trials began with a very unusual case of witchcraft and heresy: that of Ralph and Mary Hall.

The following fictionalized book is based upon the trial of Ralph and Mary Hall, accused of practicing witchcraft and sorcery against the family of Ann Rogers. This book takes a look at what may have happened and how New Yorke, like Salem, could have fallen prey to the fear of witchcraft.

There is but one catch: You, the reader must determine the path this colony is to follow. There can be no greater responsibility than to be called upon to serve as a juror in these witch trials. After reading the journal entries of apprentice magistrate Singent Straubb and the court documents regarding the trial of accused witches Ralph Hall and his wife Mary, how will you cast your verdict?

Testament Verdict: Guilty You have chosen to convict the Halls and condemn them to death as witches. Now read the remaining entries in the journal of Singent Straubb to learn what fate your verdict has had upon the entire colony of New Yorke...

Testament Verdict: Not Guilty You have chosen not to convict the Halls and they shall be released forthwith. Only the journal of Singent Straubb may tell what fate your verdict will have upon the entire colony of New Yorke...

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Author Interview

1. What inspired you to write Testament? 

I have always been interested in the history of the Salem witch trials and I ultimately began researching witch trials in other parts of colonial America. It was interesting to learn that New York had its own witch trials and I felt that was something I’d like to explore in a fictional story.

2. Do you have a specific writing style? 

I’ve found that my style of writing varies, based on the story I’m telling. For Testament, I liked the idea of writing from the perspective of someone involved in the events. It seemed like a good way to draw the reader into the story as a participant, instead of simply observing the story as an outsider.

3. How much of the book is realistic? 

Google was my best friend! I tried to stay as historically accurate as possible, so I researched much of the habits and practices of day to day life in 17th century America, as well as the specific events of the New Yorke witch trials.

4. Are the experiences in Testament based on someone you know, or events in your own life? 

Not at all. The book is based only on the history of the witch trials and in the context that it would set up a unique history for my next novel, Dark Heritage.

5. What books have most influenced your life most? 

Primarily the works of Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, and Franz Kafka. I do enjoy more modern authors as well. Some favorites are Clive Barker, Stephen King, and Thomas Harris.

6. What are your current projects? 

I’m beginning work on Dark Heritage, which takes place in New York as well, about 400 years after the events in Testament. The protagonists of the novel are the descendants of the witches introduced in Testament and find themselves facing an evil scourge that was raised in Testament as well.

7. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? 

I’ve been writing since I was a teenager. It has always felt more like a calling than a hobby or even a career. It’s just always been a part of who I am.

8. Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? 

The research. I enjoy it and I find it fulfilling to learn new things, but it can also be a grueling process to uncover the exact information I’m interested in finding.

9. Who designed the covers? 

I generally have an idea of what I want and I have to credit my artist, Tom Dalston, for knowing exactly how to bring my ideas to life so vividly. He’s truly a talented artist.

10. What was the hardest part of writing your book? 

Honestly, finding the time to work on it has been the most trying part of creating this project. The past year has been busy. Exciting, but busy.

11. What is your writing process?

 It varies, depending on the project. With my most recent book, "Testament," I had a vague idea of what story I wanted to tell and just went with it. Normally, I prefer to work out an outline first. I often consider a detailed outline to be a first draft.

Author Info

Edward V’Kanty is from western New York, where he graduated from Jamestown Community College with an A.A. and Hilbert College with a B.S. He is also a member of The Association of Independent Authors (AiA). His first book, Whispers From Hell, introduced readers to his unique writing styles and his interest in the horror and supernatural genres, through a collection of short stories that have been described by readers as “Creepy, thrilling, and incredibly entertaining” and “...reminiscent of Edgar Allan Poe.”

Since the release of Whispers From Hell: An Anthology of Horror & the Supernatural, , Edward has also expanded into online journalism and is currently an Inquisitr staff writer. He also works in a freelance capacity with several other journals.

Following the release of Whispers From Hell: An Anthology of Horror & the Supernatural , Edward V’Kanty’s first full-length novel arrives in three parts: Testament: The Trial, Testament: Verdict Guilty, and Testament: Verdict Not Guilty. Edward’s published works are available through Ethereal Visions Press on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Google Play.

Edward V’Kanty has spent time in Spartanburg, South Carolina and New Orleans, Louisiana. Currently, Edward lives in Henderson, Nevada and is available for conventions, workshops, and interviews.

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