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Book Title: Fitcher's Brides|
The author of the book: Gregory Frost
ISBN 13: 9781466821576
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Edition: Tor Books
Date of issue: December 1st 2003
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The tale of Bluebeard, reenvisioned as a dark fable of faith and truth
1843 is the "last year of the world," according the Elias Fitcher, a charismatic preacher in the Finger Lakes district of New York State. He's established a utopian community on an estate outside the town of Jeckyll's Glen, where the faithful wait, work, and pray for the world to end.
Vernelia, Amy, and Catherine Charter are the three young townswomen whose father falls under the Reverend Fitcher's hypnotic sway. In their old house, where ghostly voices whisper from the walls, the girls are ruled by their stepmother, who is ruled in turn by the fiery preacher. Determined to spend Eternity as a married man, Fitcher casts his eye on Vernelia, and before much longer the two are wed. But living on the man's estate, separated from her family, Vern soon learns the extent of her husband's dark side. It's rumored that he's been married before, though what became of those wives she does not know. Perhaps the secret lies in the locked room at the very top of the house—the single room that the Reverend Fitcher has forbidden to her.
Inspired by the classic fairy tales "Bluebeard" and "The Fitcher Bird," this dark fantasy is set in New York State's "Burned-Over District," at its time of historic religious ferment. All three Charter sisters will play their part in the story of Fitcher's Utopia: a story of faith gone wrong, and evil countered by one brave, true soul.
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Read information about the authorGregory Frost is an American author of fantasy, science fiction and thrillers. He directs the fiction writing workshop at Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. He received his Bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa. A graduate of the iconic Clarion Workshop, he has taught at Clarion several times, including the first session following its move to the University of California at San Diego in 2007. He has also been an instructor for the Odyssey and Alpha Workshops.
Frost has been nominated for every major fantasy, sf, and horror fiction award. His novelette, "Madonna of the Maquiladora" was a finalist for the James Tiptree Award, the Nebula Award, the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award, and the Hugo Award.
His latest novel-length work is the SHADOWBRIDGE duology, SHADOWBRIDGE and LORD TOPHET. Voted one of the best fantasy novels of 2009 by the American Library Association, it was also a finalist for the James Tiptree Jr. Award.
His previous novel, the historical thriller FITCHER'S BRIDES, was a finalist as Best Novel for both the World Fantasy and International Horror Guild Awards for Best Novel.
Publishers Weekly called his Golden Gryphon short story collection, ATTACK OF THE JAZZ GIANTS & OTHER STORIES, “one of the best of the year.”
Current short fiction includes “Vulpes,” in V-WARS, edited by Jonathan Maberry; “The Dingus,” in SUPERNATURAL NOIR, edited by Ellen Datlow, and “The Bank Job,” in FULL MOON CITY, an anthology of werewolf tales edited by Darrell Schweitzer.
He spent time (did time?) as a researcher for non-fiction television shows and acted in a couple of frightening (not necessarily in the sense of scary) independent horror movies. His initial vocation was as a painter and illustrator.
Gregory Frost is a founding partner, with author Jonathan Maberrry, of The Philadelphia Liars Club, a group of professional authors and screenwriters.
Frost lives and works in Pennsylvania, USA.
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