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The Amber Witch

(1844)
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Oscar Wilde described this as "Favorite romantic reading when a boy." And, horror fans that we are, we can see why it was a Wilde favorite. Set in the Thirty Years War in what is now Germany, The Amber Witch claims to be a clergyman's manuscript found in an old church. It tells the tale of Maria Schweider, a clergyman's daughter who has been accused of witchcraft. Maria has a deposit of amber. Is this, the nobleman Wittich Appelman asks, the source of the power that has caused all the evil hereabouts? Maria is put on trial. The stake is prepared. A torch burns bright. But Maria and her lover know she is not the real witch. And so does the real witch!



Praise for this book

"Meinhold's great strength is his air of casual and realistic verisimilitude, which intensifies our suspense and sense of the unseen by half persuading us that the menacing events must somehow be either the truth or very close to the truth." - H P Lovecraft

"Favorite romantic reading when a boy." - Oscar Wilde


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Hardback Editions

July 2008 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Amber Witch by Wilhelm Meinhold, Fiction, Literary, Fantasy, Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology
Author(s): William Meinhold
ISBN: 1-60664-793-8 / 978-1-60664-793-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Aegypan
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Paperback Editions

June 2008 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Amber Witch by Wilhelm Meinhold, Fiction, Literary, Fantasy, Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology
Author(s): William Meinhold
ISBN: 1-60664-165-4 / 978-1-60664-165-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Aegypan
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU