In the latest edition of KGB's regular literary salon, Halloween comes early this year. Join author Tony Perrottet as he chats with New York Times bestselling novelist Katherine Howe (whose literary thrillers Conversion and The Appearance of Annie van Sinderen blend occult historical stories from 17th century New England with contemporary American life) and Vox magazine's provocative new religion editor Tara Isabella Burton (author of the soon-to-be-released novel Social Creature) about our enduring fascination with the supernatural powers of women.
Why are we so compelled by the Salem witch trials, whose lessons are reinterpreted by every generation? How can writers get into the heads of crazed persecutors of the past? What are the challenges of writing about
history's religious maniacs who are sinister, even demented, by modern standards? And what can we learn from the past about religious manias today?