We’re excited to announce The Factory Witches of Lowell, a new historical fantasy from C. S. Malerich—arriving from Tor.com Publishing in Summer 2020!
For the young women of Lowell, Massachusetts, freedom means fair wages for fair work, decent room and board, and a chance to escape the cotton mills before lint stops up their lungs. When the Boston owners decide to raise the workers’ rent, the girls go on strike. Their ringleader is Judith Whittier, a newcomer to Lowell but not to class warfare. Judith has already seen one strike fold and she doesn’t intend to see it again. Fortunately Hannah, her best friend in the boardinghouse—and maybe first love?—has a gift for the dying art of witchcraft.
C. S. Malerich had this to say:
“I’m honored to join the Tor.com family, and so excited to work with the Tor.com team in introducing Hannah and Judith and the rest of the factory girls to the world!”
C. S. Malerich grew up in northern New Jersey. Storytelling was an early love, her first and favorite subjects being rabbits, felines, and horses. As an adolescent, she became interested in fantasy and mythology, which led her to major in Classics at Montclair State University. In 2005, she followed her best friend to Washington, DC, where she continued avoiding fluency in Greek and Latin and taught mythology to undergrads at the University of Maryland. She’s since pursued interests in folklore, cultural studies, and public health, sometimes all at once.
Her fiction often explores intersections of liberation and justice, with an infectious dance beat. Some of her work has appeared in Apparition Lit, Ares Magazine, and the Among Animals anthologies from eco-fiction publisher Ashland Creek Press. Her novel Fire & Locket was published in 2019.
C.S. continues to live and work in the DC area.