Philip Mason is 52-year-old production journalist living in the Lake District village of Portinscale, near Keswick.
He has been married for 30 years, and has two children.
Of Strong October is his first novel.
Cover illustration by Edinburgh artist Karen Turner of a 17th century charm used to ward off witches.
A young woman flees into the Lakeland wilds.
Villagers who have tried her for witchcraft hunt her down.
Behind her in brooding lands touched by Civil War, superstition, plague and hunger, lies a trail of bizarre and violent deaths.