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Lies in the Dust

A Tale of Remorse from the Salem Witch Trials

Softcover, 128 pages, 6 x 9, graphic novel/historical fiction, ages 12+

ISBN: 978-1-939017-33-8



Available as an e-book in these formats:

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Apple iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch

About this Book:

In Salem’s dark days of 1692 and 1693, young girls pointed fingers and accused others of witchcraft, sentencing them to torture, or even death. When the cloud lifted, and the accusations were shown to be false, the girls faced little, if any, penalty. Were they sorry? No one knows. Only one girl, Ann Putnam Jr., felt moved to show remorse publicly. Fourteen years after the trials, Ann wrote a letter of apology. This is her story. This searing graphic novel is a wholly unique portrayal of an untold aspect of the Salem Witch Trials. Through the author’s extensive primary research and the artist’s creative re-imagining, the reader is taken inside the head of Ann Putnam, the only girl to apologize for sending 24 people to their death.

“Crane and Decker spin an airy, atmospheric graphic-novel examination of a legacy of guilt . . . All is illustrated with Decker's fine-lined drawings that evoke both the surreal details of the accusations and the pastoral Colonial setting . . . its attempt to understand the effects of the trials on one of its villains is provocative, to say the least. Haunting."
Kirkus Reviews

"...stark and affecting graphic novel… Lies in the Dust approaches the familiar history with a unique paradigm by exploring the powerful role words played in the tragedy. “Witch,” “evil,” and “guilty” led to the grave, and “innocence” was rarely understood. "
Chelsey Philpot, The Boston Globe 
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"History teachers will appreciate this easy-to-read account, while students who are fans of the witch trials or the European influence on America will appreciate and understand the power of a word such as witch."
School Library Journal

". . . a unique perspective on the Salem witch trials, events propelled by dangerous words . . . it illuminates a dark and fascinating period of the region’s history."
The Portland Press Herald

Accused: Fairfield’s Witchcraft Trials

Accused: Fairfield’s Witchcraft Trials

Jakob Crane will have a graphic art exhibition at the Fairfield Museum in Connecticut that tells the tale of the witch trials that took place in Connecticut, almost a half-century before the Salem trials.

In 17th century New England religious beliefs and folk tradition instilled deep fears of magic, evil, and supernatural powers. How else to explain unnatural events, misfortune and the sudden convulsions and fits of local townspeople? In this exhibition, the fascinating history of Connecticut’s witchcraft trials is illuminated by author and illustrator Jakob Crane. In graphic novel form, powerful depictions of the events and characters are reimagined through storylines and pen and ink drawings.

Sept 25, 2014 - Jan 5, 2015 at the Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Road, Fairfield CT. FMI:  (203) 259-1598


Jakob Crane

About this Author

Jakob Crane is a writer and visual artist who is native to New England. After graduating from Lesley University College of Art and Design, Crane worked as a writer and illustrator for numerous newspapers and publ



About this Illustrator

Timothy Decker is the author/illustrator of the critically acclaimed books, The Letter Home, For Liberty: The Story of the Boston Massacre, Run Far, Run Fast, and The Punk Ethic. He



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