Common Victims? Who’s Safe?
During the Trier Witch Trials, which took place throughout 22 villages in Germany from 1581 to 1593, an eyewitness explained that, “The executioner rode a blooded horse, like a noble of the court, and went clad in gold and silver; his wife vied with noble dames in the richness of her array.”
Many victims of these persecutions came from people of opposing religions, people who went against the status quo. Protestants in Catholic cities, for instance, were more likely to be convicted of witchcraft during the Reformation. It’s been said that these victims were against tradition—and we all know how religious folk respond to those against their traditional norms. People who were considered witches generally advocated invention, modernity, and the advancement of medicine and science. These “radicals” threatened the conventions of everyday religion, and had to be stopped. So these people were made examples of—usually by the Church.
You Might Be a Witch
Witchcraft was rampant throughout many societies. Cases have been found in Asia, Africa, Australia—not just North America or Europe. The framework of witchcraft, however, was generally the same throughout these societies: to explain random misfortunes, sicknesses like the Black Plague, or strange practices. Sometimes it was just simpler to call a person a witch, to get them off their sermonizing or political soapbox, than it was to challenge a person’s beliefs.
Sure, everyone wants to be Harry Potter nowadays, but maybe if the real consequence for being a “wizard” was explained, people might change their minds. From now on, when you see the old adage, add a little afterthought to it: Sex sells. But so do witches. By Cory Barclay
Author Cory Barclay
And even before that, when he first began writing stories in grade school, he's been fascinated with histories and mysteries. Whether Norse mythology, the Dark Ages, or the conquests of great leaders, Cory's been that kid who wants to know what's shaped our world and write about it. Especially the great unsolved mysteries.
So Devil in the Countryside was a natural for him.
Born and raised in San Diego, he graduated from University of California, Santa Cruz, where he studied Creative Writing and Modern Literary Studies. He's also a songwriter and guitarist, and – no surprise – many of his songs explore the same topics he writes about – the great mysteries of our crazy world.
Devil in the Countryside is his second novel and he's hard at work on its sequel.
Devil in the Countryside by Cory Barclay
Devil in the Countryside is a story about the most famous werewolf investigation in history, brimming with intrigue and war, love and betrayal, and long-kept vendettas.
It's 1588, the height of the Reformation, and a killer is terrorizing the German countryside. There are reports that the legendary Werewolf of Bedburg has returned to a once-peaceful land. Heinrich Franz, a cold and calculating investigator, is tasked with finding whomever -- or whatever -- the killer might be. He'll need all the help he can get, including that of a strange hunter who's recently stumbled into town. Though they're after the same thing, their reasons are worlds apart. And through it all, a priest tries to keep the peace among his frightened townsfolk, while a young woman threatens his most basic beliefs.
In a time when life is cheap and secrets run rampant, these four divergent souls find themselves entwined in a treacherous mystery, navigating the volatile political and religious landscape of 16th century Germany, fighting to keep their sanity -- and their lives.