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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; Reprint edition (Sept. 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451613377
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451613377
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)

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"The woods watched. The trees held their breath, as if afraid to startle away the timid visitor to this secret place. But Abby felt no impulse to flee this quiet place. Just the opposite, in fact. She'd found a new secret place of her own." With the horrors hidden in Abby's secret place, Wither offers a promising debut horror novel from screenwriter J.G. Passarella.

Wendy Ward, student at Windale, Massachusett's Danfield College, is smitten with all things New Age and magical. When not at home (her dad is the president of the college, so it is a nice home) she whiles away her days in the Crystal Path, a shop full of tarot decks, books on witchcraft, and assorted herbs. Her life seems typical for an offbeat, careworn coed. But as readers learn from the other two primary characters of the novel, something evil is awakening in Windale. First, 8-year-old Abby MacNeil has some terrifyingly vivid dreams that lead her to discover the gravestones of legendary 17th-century witches. Then, Professor Karen Glazer, an unwed expectant mother, begins to see visions of goblins attacking her unborn child. As the novel unfolds, it becomes clear that Wendy's apparently harmless rituals have tapped into--and unleashed--the aged forces of evil that had been buried in colonial America. --Patrick O'Kelley --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Sabrina the Teenage Witch goes to college in this atmospheric, generally suspenseful horror story. Wendy Ward is a white magic practitioner who dresses in shades of black, and an unconventional freshman at exclusive Danfield College in Massachusetts, where her father is president. Windale, the town where Danfield is located, has been promoting its past persecution of witches as a tourist draw, hoping to cash in on the popularity of nearby Salem. On the eve of the King Frost Halloween Parade, Wendy performs an empowering ritual that goes awry, unleashing dark forces hundreds of years old. Three murderous Macbethian witches, led by the semi-immortal Elizabeth Wither, begin to haunt Wendy's dreams, as well as those of a pregnant English professor and an eight-year-old girl. As it becomes apparent that there is a curse on Windale, Wendy desperately attempts to reverse what she's started and finds herself drawn ineluctably toward the evil she's trying to control. While the authentic arcana of witchcraft provides background, the plot is derivative, with hints of Rosemary's Baby and The Exorcist. Yet the college setting adds an interesting dimension, and the characters are nicely delineated. Although this unusual mix of horror story, thriller and college romance is likely to draw protests from serious followers of ancient wicca rites, readers who savor supernatural menace will enjoy its edge. (Feb.) FYI: J.G. Passarella is the pseudonym for two Hollywood writers.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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By mary o on Oct. 22 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
after all these fabulous reviews, i was eager to get my hands on this book. now i'm just glad i didn't pay for it.
ok, interesting concept: three modern women (in one case, a little girl) begin experiencing the same nightmares of life in 17th century new england. oh my! they seem to have something to do with the "town witches" hung exactly 300 years ago. too bad they weren't burnded at the stake!! they just happened to have been transformed by their leader into evil flying creatures who need to feed every hundred years. and our three gals just happen to be their idea of halloween dinner.
still, i kept reading. i was hoping something exciting would eventually occur. no such luck. there was nothing to make me at all interested in the characters. i absolutely hated the professor (karen), who seemed to think that her boyfriend (& father of her unborn child) was beneath her because he was "only" a contractor. wendy was so one-dimensional--"oooh, i'm a witch! i'm so different! i cast spells in the nude!!"--that i just kept thinking SO WHAT??? and the little girl (abby) just seemed to be tossed in because witches come in threes, right?
the end was so ridiculous, it seemed like even the author was tired of these people. midnight (the witching hour, of course!) came and went, and with it, convenient ends to the icky flying nightmares.
OR WAS IT??!!?
ah, the author is hoping to make it into a tv movie: pg-13 all the way, with two naked "rituals" in the woods (could be shot from the back--no full frontal, now), and one fade-to-black sex scene to spice up the previews!!
save your money and your time. skip this one, and it's inevitable sequel.
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By Detra Fitch TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 14 2003
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Windale, Massachusetts has a heritage of witches. Three evil women were accused of witch craft and hanged over three hundred years ago. However, Wither, Rebecca, and Sarah did not die. Now, they are little more than monsters with a caretaker who is more of a slave to them. He must feed them and then dispose of the remains. It used to be cattle. Now they mainly feed off the college students who dwell in town.
THIS Halloween, the three witches plan to drain the life force of three women, so they may "live" again. Wendy is a college student who dabbles in white magic. Karen is a single, pregnant professor. Abby is an eight year old who stumbles across the graves of the three witches. The circle is cast. The battle begins.
***In a word, "WOW!" I wish I could make all horror fans go purchase this one! It's hard to believe this is J.G. Passarella's first novel. From page one chills went down my spine. I never put the book down. A definate "Keeper" to be read many times in the future. It is a dark, irresistible, and demonic story to keep you up at night!***
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After reading Passarella`s Buffy: Ghoul Trouble and Angel: Avatar novels I decided it was my turn to take my first steps into the world we know as horror.
After eagerly awaiting for Wither to arrive I opened to the first page, with hands shaking with excitement. I was secretly hoping that I wouldn't be disappointed, because if you read a book that disappoints you it can put you off the whole genre, well for a little while anyway. As if by a magic spell Wendy Ward captured me in the town of Windale and all that lies with it. I have never been so captured by a book in my whole life. Passarella has woven a magic hook into Wither that makes you want to read more and more until it's over. Looking at the clock with bloodshot eyes I noticed that ten hours had passed, I had been enchanted by it for that long. Well maybe I'm over exaggerating a little bit {grin} but everything is in all good reason.
The thrill of reading Wither made my heart race a million beats a second, trying to keep up with the blinding pace of the greatest horror novel ever so far. This is a must read for all horror fans and a welcome with arms open if you, like me are taking your first steps into reading horror.
Wither is definitely the most hair raisingly scary novel ever. It beats any of Stephen King's works any day.
Buy this book. You won't be disappointed.
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While not one of the best books that I've read, Wither was still on the good side. It's a enjoyable read.
The story focuses on the events occurring in the small town of Windale, Massachusetts. Three witches are being reincarnated and are wrecking havoc in the process. The story was good and most of the characters were portrayed in enough depth as to be believable.
However there were a few things that I didn't like. The story jumped around in time at a few spots; one of the main characters was in class in the middle of the day, it then jumps to someone else at night (no problem yet), and then it jumps back to the first character just getting out of class (problem now). START SPOILER WARNING The other thing was with that you find out the witches come out of this hibernation state once every hundred years and that they need a new body every five hundred years, but why? No valid reason is ever given. It's just a convenient plot device that rings as being unauthentic. END SPOILER WARNING
Despite those two problems though, I found the book enjoyable and fun. It's probably more appropriate as a movie though and not as a book. Curiously the copy that I have says that it will soon be a "major motion picture from Columbia Pictures" but searches on Internet Movie Database come up blank.
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