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Stanley Williams | Spotlight Signing | Oct 7 from 1-2pm
When America was young, reckless, and fiercely independent, an equally independent, agnostic farmer reluctantly joins forces with a devout but renegade Catholic priest to confront an ancient Babylon spirit that threatens their safety and the country’s freedom. The Wizard Clip Haunting is a historical fiction novel of the 1797 well-documented events in what is currently Middleway, West Virginia, but was then Smithfield, Virginia. Adam Livingston, an innovative flax farmer vexed from early childhood with premonitions that predict tragedies, is at the center of the tale. When his first wife dies, he takes revenge on God by remarrying a woman who hates all religion. A mysterious sojourner lodges at the Livingston’s home and in the middle of the night the man realizes he’s going to die. He asks his hosts to fetch a Catholic priest to hear his confession and give him last rites. But the Livingstons refuse, having promised themselves, in keeping with the times, that no Catholic priest would ever cross the threshold of their house. Before the stranger dies he curses the Livingstons, their house and farm. Immediately the haunts begin: strange noises, black vapor, wraiths of horses and wagons, house tremors, and most peculiar the clipping of crescent moon shapes from anything made from flax linen. Adam soon realizes that the noises and the clippings are not practical jokes put upon them by neighbors, but by a demon their young daughter, Eve calls “The Wizard.” When Adam finally decides to fight fire-with-fire, he recruits a variety of ministers to come to the house and exorcise it. But all fail, and the farm becomes the curiosity of the region with folks just dropping by with both tragic and comedic results. The haunts escalate, especially when a minister shows up, and all hell literally breaks loose when a Catholic priest appears, resulting in death and destruction as the Livingston’s and friends are catapulted along to a final, cataclysmic conclusion. While a work of historical fiction, a great many of the characters and events the novel chronicles are real. The main characters, Adam and Mary Ann Livingston, their friends Richard and Anastasia McSherry, and Fr. Denis Cahill actually lived through the hauntings that historically came to be known as The Wizard Clip. Further, at the request of Bishop John Carroll, the events were investigated by none other than Rev. (Prince) Demetrius Augustine Gallitzin, who has come to be known as the Apostle of the Alleghenies, and is under consideration for canonization by the Catholic Church. His current title is “Servant of God.” Fr. Gallitzin is the novel’s narrator. During his lifetime he wrote of the Wizard Clip hauntings: “After three months of investigation, I was soon converted to a full belief of them. No lawyer in a court of justice did more than I, nor procured more than your unworthy servant.” Today, over 200 years later, the village of Middleway, West Virginia, continues to celebrate its place in history with wood-block emblems on building fronts depicting a crescent moon and a pair of scissors. The village, to some, is still remembered as Clip Town.