The Preacher's Marsh by David Niall Wilson
Approx. 36,370 words.
Published on March 5, 2010 by
Reverend Gideon Swayne took off from a small community church in Illinois to go South. The slaves had been free, and he knew they needed someone to bring them the word of the Lord. He was called.
What he didn't bargain for was the attitude of the former slave owners of Old Mill, North Carolina, a swamp-witch named Desdemona, and a life that would challenge not only his faith, but his sanity.