Morven Westfield

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Author of two novels (Darksome Thirst and The Old Power Returns), producer of a podcast called "Vampires, Witches, and Geeks" (now in hiatus), Morven has also written for a number of non-fiction publications including The Witches Almanac.

Set in the late 1970s in the town of Danforth, Massachusetts (a thinly disguised Framingham) amid burgeoning high tech, her novels feature a coven of witches and a computer professional who together try to solve the mystery of the man who appears to be, unbelievably, a vampire.

Morven is a member of Broad Universe, the Horror Writers Association (HWA), and New England Horror Writers.

Short Story Appearing in Wicked Witches

In modern New England, a young trainee witch grows impatient with the pace of her learning, and learns her lesson the hard way.

My short story "The Witches' Apprentice" appears in the latest New England Horror Writers anthology. Wicked Witches: An Anthology of the New England Horror Writers, edited by Scott Goudsward, David Price, and Daniel G. Keohane, pays tribute to those whose ancestors were... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on October 17, 2016 20:48 Tags: morven-westfield, new-england-horror-writers, wicked-witches-anthology
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Darksome Thirst

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