Hammer of Witches
By Seth Mlawski
Baltasar Infante, a bookmaker’s apprentice living in 1492 Spain, can weasel out of any problem with a good story. But when he awakes one night to find a monster straight out of the stories peering at him through his window, he’s in trouble that even he can’t talk his way out of.
Soon Baltasar is captured by a mysterious arm of the Spanish Inquisition, the Malleus Maleficarum, that demands he reveal the whereabouts of Amir al-Katib, a legendary Moorish sorcerer who can bring myths and the creatures within them to life. Baltasar doesn’t know where the man is—or that he himself has the power to summon genies and golems.
Baltasar must escape, find al-Katib, and defeat a dreadful power that may destroy the world. As Baltasar’s journey takes him into uncharted lands on Columbus’s voyage westward, he learns that stories are more powerful than he once believed them to be—and much more dangerous.
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About the Creators
Seth Mlawski, formerly writing as Shana Mlawski, is a longtime writing teacher, story consultant, and script doctor. Seth’s essays and comics have been featured in Vogue, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Wired, and many others. He is creative consultant and a writer for the sci-fi podcast Marsfall. Seth is nonbinary and uses he/him pronouns. You can find him at www.sethmlawski.com.