The story begins with the awakening of an unknown creature in the woods, and a mail order bride from London on her way to church with her Puritan husband. Abitha is the daughter of a "cunning woman" struggling to acclimate to the Puritan way of life. The people of the village purchase her charms and medicinal balms, but hate her for her ungodly ways. When Abitha's loving husband dies, she finds a loophole in the law that allows her to keep her land, but her brother-in-law accuses her of witchcraft to get her out of the way. What none of the village understands is that she has befriended the creature in the forest and the nature spirits don't take kindly to the torture of their favorite human. Revenge and mayhem ensue. This book ends exactly how I wish every witch trial in real life could have ended! — Misty Henrichsen
Set in Colonial New England, Slewfoot is a tale of magic and mystery, of triumph and terror as only dark fantasist Brom can tell it.
An ancient spirit awakens in a dark wood. The wildfolk call him Father, slayer, protector.
The colonists call him Slewfoot, demon, devil.
To Abitha, a recently widowed outcast, alone and vulnerable in her pious village, he is the only one she can turn to for help.
Together, they ignite a battle between pagan and Puritan – one that threatens to destroy the entire village, leaving nothing but ashes and bloodshed in their wake.
“If it is a devil you seek, then it is a devil you shall have!”
This terrifying tale of bewitchery features more than two dozen of Brom’s haunting paintings, fully immersing readers in this wild and unforgiving world.
"Which is worse? The Devil of the forest or the terror of Puritan village rumors, accusations, and lies? At the crossroads of victimhood and vengeance, Abitha makes her choice—and blood follows." —Richard Kadrey, New York Times bestselling author of the Sandman Slim series
"I loved this book. A roaring, bloody, beautiful work of pure imagination." —Andy Davidson, author of The Boatman's Daughter
"Punctuated by moments of unanticipated levity as well as unmitigated terror, this clever and imaginative tale is not to be missed by fans of dark fantasy and historical horror." —Library Journal
"Slewfoot is a lusciously dark tale of witchcraft and devilry ... This book was tailor-made for lovers of folk horror and everyone who wants to live deliciously." —Mallory O'Meara, bestselling author of The Lady from the Black Lagoon
"A fast-paced, hallucinogenic fairy tale...delivering likable protagonists, exotic beasties, and scoundrels whom we long to see at table with their just desserts." —Christopher Buehlman, author of The Blacktongue Thief
“Brom has made a convert out of me with Slewfoot, which takes hold of the maxim 'sympathy for the devil' and yanks hard on that literary taproot, unearthing a far more elemental and complex truth. Demon or no, evil or not, the mighty stag Slewfoot deserves our love and devotion. He's got mine now. All hail Brom, all hail Slewfoot!” —Clay McLeod Chapman, author of The Remaking
“This enticing but methodically paced story is enhanced by Brom’s creepy artwork, and every detail of the uneasy atmosphere, world building, and character development matters; this is a tale that will unsettle readers as they vacillate between fear and celebration. ...For all who enjoy historical horror with healthy doses of dark fantasy, witchcraft, and vengeance, and who enjoy titles like Alexis Henderson’s The Year of the Witching (2020).” –Booklist Reviews
“Slewfoot is creepy, crawly, bloody fun. If you’re looking for a witchy, thrilling ride that also has a philosophical soul, grab a copy of Slewfoot—and don’t put it down until you’ve finished it.” —BookPage, Starred Review
"Slewfoot is an extraordinary, harrowing tale about a remarkable friendship and a demon trying to find his soul. It’s a journey of witchcraft, misogyny, paganism, and piety. It left me spellbound and my tortured black heart devoured this story looking for more." —Cemetery Dance