Great Reviews for My Latest, The Bell Witch!

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So, my latest novel, The Bell Witch, is out now at Amazon and Smashwords, with a softcover to follow soon.  Already, it’s generating five-star reviews!  And here are some more glowing reviews the book has garnered so far in its short life:

“John F.D. Taff constructs a well-written story that draws readers in, filling them with the emotions of the characters and creating a literary world in which to escape everyday life.  The Bell Witch is the perfect example of this, providing the reader with a journey through a historical paranormal Gothic love tale set in the Deep South.  An outstanding read by one of my favorite horror writers of all time.”  Rhiannon Elizabeth Irons, Australian Author & Book Reviewer.

“John F. D. Taff, the lauded author of Little Deaths, takes a 200-year-old tale from the American Deep South and creates a tale rich with history and lore that puts its contemporaries firmly in the shade.  In The Bell Witch, he conjures up a malevolent spirit which is determined to make the prosperous Bell family suffer… one of whom will pay the price for their dark secret. Taff infuses the spirit of legend with motive for its vitriol, creating a compelling ghost story like no other, which will haunt you long after the last page.”  John Milton, Horror Reviewer at

The Bell Witch is a narrative that’s been building for decades, simmering in legend and becoming wonderfully rich in history and chills, and that’s only in Taff’s imagination. A classic ghost story full of creepy sounds, scary nights, and top-notch dialogue, The Bell Witch is both a unique take on apparitions and an homage to the country’s lore and to Taff’s own love for the uncanny. An established master of short fiction, this is proof that Taff’s prose also shines in a longer format. Fans of great ghost stories now have cause for celebration.”  Gabino Iglesias, Reviewer at and Author of Gutmouth.

The Bell Witch is as deeply frightening as it is moving—Taff’s magic makes our hearts pound one moment and break the next. It’s a rare book that whirls the reader along at an exciting pace and leaves you haunted long after the ride is over. If you enjoy scares and surprises, skillfully wrought human drama, and dark secrets—if you love great stories—then you must read The Bell Witch.”  British Fantasy Society Award-Winning Author Erik T. Johnson.

“A fictionalized version of a true story of a family’s relationship to a menacing ghostly witch who is both friend and foe. An American Haunting meets Casper.  Kept me entertained the whole time!”  Ann Hale, Horror Editor,

The Bell Witch is an atmospheric Southern Gothic—an all-American ghost story—born of regional folklore and Taff’s fertile imagination. The Witch is a memorable haunt, a spook with a conscience and a purpose, a ghost that gets drunk, horny, and lonely, but never waivers in her mission of vengeance. I enjoyed it quite a bit.  The Bell Witch will haunt you long after you finish this well-crafted, all-American ghost story.”  Rob Errera, Author of Hangman’s Jam and Autism Dad, and reviewer at

Grab your copy of The Bell Witch today!



About John F.D. Taff

John F.D. Taff is a writer, published author, raconteur and wrangler of angry stoats. He has more than 80 short stories and 7 novels published. He lives in the great, unspoiled vastness of the Midwest. He has a tremendous wife named Debbie, three pugs, Sadie, Tovah and Muriel, and three great kids--Harry, Sam and Molly. View all posts by John F.D. Taff

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