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The Famine Witch

The Famine Witch

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The Famine Witch by Stephen Black

Belfast, 1847. They would come to call it Black ‘47. 

A town on the brink, ravaged by the Great Hunger sweeping across the island of Ireland. A town living in fear as a crazed killer stalks the streets at night, butchering young women. They call him Bloody Hands.

Amidst the chaos, nineteen-year-old Maggie Malone and her young brother, Jinks, fight to survive each day. But there is worse to come when a mysterious ship limps into port, having miraculously emerged from a savage storm. A ship carrying death itself, summoned by a malevolent force that has haunted the mountain overlooking Belfast for centuries, hellbent on devastation and ruin. They call her The Black Lady.

Maggie and Jinks become unwitting pawns as Bloody Hands and The Black Lady take their ancient feud to new levels of barbarism, threatening the future of Belfast and its hapless population. Can Maggie unlock the dormant power within her and save Belfast from toppling into the abyss? Can she transform into the savior that the people so desperately need? 

Can she become The Famine Witch?

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Author Stephen Black

Stephen Black is a dark fantasy and horror writer from Northern Ireland. He is the author of the critically acclaimed, best-selling ‘Kirkwood Scott Chronicles’ series. He has also had short stories published by Quill & Crow Publishing House in their ‘Grimm & Dread’ and ‘Haunted’ anthologies, in addition to the ‘Crow’s Quill’ online literary magazine. Stephen is married with three children. In his spare time…hang on, Stephen doesn’t have any spare time. 

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Customer Reviews

Based on 8 reviews
Gordon Frisbie
Gruesomely Enchanting

Despite the dark foreboding cover, there is sunlight in this book. That which is produced by the sun can be found on three or four pages. The rest is conjured by simple winsome characters. Each scene casts a fresh light on darkness. Hope I didn’t give away the story.

Kimberley Wolfe
Such an Intriguing Tale

I haven't finished the book yet, but I'm thoroughly captivated with the characters that I've met. They're well fleshed out, their backstories are compelling, and the interaction between the witch of old and her return to Belfast followers is stellar.

Took Me On A Ride

So, this book was a feelscoaster of a ride! Lots of heartbreak and furious-making at social injustices, with engaging characters (good or bad).

It's a very riveting book and I can easily see it being made into a movie with how neatly done the descriptions are. I had a lovely time immersing myself in old timey Belfast and wanting to knock the lights out on so many bad guys!

I cheered on the heroes and was happy with the outcome!

charles jones
The Famine Witch

Intriguing historical setting filled with strong characterizations, ,horror, magic & terror. Would love to see a 2047 revisit to Belfast but not enough left unsolved for that to occur, I fear! Highly recommended read, thank you Mr. Black!

Laura-Lee Willert

Thank you for sending the novel to Canada, its a birthday gift for a dear Irish friend, passing the witch to the wet & watery westcoast of Canada 🇨🇦