It’s the tale of two witch hunts - one set in contemporary Scotland, the other 500 years previous. A policeman hunts down the killer of a sexual predator, unaware that he is actually involved in a witch hunt.
Titled ‘Witch’, this is the début novel by Lorne Patterson, Edgeworthstown. A member of the Ballymahon Writers’ Group, Lorne has been working on ‘Witch’ for almost a decade.
“There’s a piece at the front of the book by a man named Pat Robinson, which claimed that feminism turned women into man-hating lesbians who practice witchcraft. When I read that I thought I’ve got to do something with this. That was the catalyst for ‘Witch’,” he said speaking to the Leader.
A lover of literature, Lorne was greatly influenced by his father, George, who was a professional writer and journalist. However it was only after his move to Ireland 20 years ago that Lorne started to attend writers’ groups and workshops.
“During that time my writing stepped up a gear,” said the psychiatric nurse who has since been published in various anthologies and journals in Ireland and the United Kingdom. He was also a previous runner-up in the prestigious Séan Ó Faolain Prize (short story competition).
Over the years Lorne, who is married to Beatrice and father to Tara, has also been influenced by writers such as H. Rider Haggard and James Ellroy.
In seeking the artwork for the book’s cover, Lorne turned to the talents of young Longford artist, Lorraine Masters. A final year student at the Limerick School of Art and Design, Lorraine manifested an interpretation of one of the book’s primary characters, Maggie.
“I was completely honoured when Lorraine agreed to do the artwork for the cover. She is a highly gifted young artist,” said Lorne.
Speaking to the Leader, the book’s publisher, American publishing house Dark Hall Press, said: “We were highly impressed by Lorne from the very beginning of our collaboration, his skill and utter devotion to the work coming through absolutely. He has a great talent for narrative flow, and a natural tone that gives the material a dreamy, inviting quality.”
‘Witch’ is available to purchase on Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble (USA). The official Longford launch will take place on Thursday June 14, during which the book will be available to purchase. All proceeds from sales on the night go to Longford Women’s Link (LWL), an organisation that Lorne previously worked for as a community worker. For further information click on www.darkhallpress.com or http://lornepattersonwitch.wordpress.com