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About the author:
Anthony Wittwer spent a year living in a small, log cabin in the middle of the same green, wooded hills that are the home of Jonah’s Belly. While living there, he worked as a grapevine wreath-maker. Each day he walked through the woods, pulling vines down from the trees to weave into wreaths, and trying—at the same time—to avoid rattlesnakes, hunters, and poison ivy. During that year, he imagined the characters and stories that would eventually live on Jonah’s Belly. In addition to being a grapevine wreath-maker, Anthony has worked as a construction laborer, a toy store manager, a penny-per-piece craft-maker, a suit salesman, an office clerk, and president/CEO of two national companies. He lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana, with his wife, Elissa.

Jonah's Belly

Authored by Anthony Wittwer

Thriller, love story, and supernatural tale, Jonah’s Belly is an intricately woven tapestry of tender and terrible things.

Strange things are happening on the hill called Jonah’s Belly. A tall circle of weathered stone pillars stands on top of the hill. The circle of stones is ancient, crumbling, and holy—a small and hidden Stonehenge, slumbering in the mist-covered woods. An old magic has begun flowing from the stone circle and spilling down Jonah’s Belly. The magic touches those living near the hill, drawing together ordinary people and extraordinary beings as events and dark forces begin to collide.

At the heart of the developing storm are Blue and Elissa, raw and wounded from the recent accident that claimed their unborn child's life. Blue lies awake at night, thinking about the secrets he’s keeping from Elissa—secrets about the accident that took their son, and secrets about the fragile sound he’s begun hearing in the darkness outside their cabin…the sound of a baby crying. Crying somewhere on Jonah’s Belly.

Attracted by the drifting magic, other things gather….

…a Gypsy carnival appears at the local fairground. The fortune-teller’s sign warns, “All You Want To Know. And More You Don’t.” …the Matchman arrives. A shimmering, red-haired man in a corporate black suit, he brings dangerous gifts, and counsels those he meets to “Stay small. Don’t Stir. Stay tucked tight away.”

…five black cars begin prowling the county’s web of back roads. The cars crisscross the territory slowly, studying the area’s secluded homes, and sometimes stopping to visit nightmares upon those who live inside.

… the Glammerys, a multi-generational nest of evil and violence living at the bottom of a sunless ravine are visited by something more evil and violent than they’ve ever imagined.

….and something else. Something unseen, prowling in the wood’s dark and green tangled places.

Propelled forward by the powerful forces of family, friendship, loss, and reunion, Jonah’s Belly is a story of love, revenge, horror, myth, and the magic of every day.

Publication Date:
0991606094 / 9780991606092
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Fiction / Thrillers / Supernatural

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