"Cavendish draws from the best conventions of the genre in this eerie gothic novel about a woman’s sanity slowly unraveling within the hallways of a mysterious mansion." – Publishers Weekly
Don’t play the game.
In 1893, Evelyn and Claire leave their home in a Yorkshire town for life in a rural retreat on their beloved moors. But when a strange toy garden mysteriously appears, a chain of increasingly terrifying events is unleashed. Neighbour Matthew Dixon befriends Evelyn, but seems to have more than one secret to hide. Then the horror really begins. The Garden of Bewitchment is all too real and something is threatening the lives and sanity of the women. Evelyn no longer knows who - or what - to believe. And time is running out.
FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launched in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.
Following a varied career in sales, advertising and career guidance, Cat is now the full-time author of a number of paranormal, ghostly and Gothic horror novels and novellas. She lives with her long-suffering husband and black cat in a 260 year old haunted apartment in North Wales.
"Cavendish (The Darkest Veil) draws from the best conventions of the genre in this eerie gothic novel about a woman’s sanity slowly unraveling within the hallways of a mysterious mansion."
– Publishers Weekly
"Well-rooted in classic gothic traditions, the novel doesn't furiously spill the blood like most modern horror, but it maximizes its unique advantages. The setting in particular seems well-drawn [...] An atmospheric and gently scary tale that will appeal to horror fans and Brontë enthusiasts alike."
"The Garden of Bewitchment is everything you want in a ghost story. [...] She also proves that if there is a crown of queen of gothic horror, she should be wearing it."
– Modern Horrors
“Atmospheric and rich in detail, Cavendish masterfully draws the reader into the slow-burning horror that makes well-crafted Gothic literature so delightfully addictive. The Garden of Bewitchment delivers as a gothic tale of unexpected horror, unravelling insanity, and what happens when the realities we’ve constructed for ourselves turn against us.”
– The Nerd Daily
“A gothic nightmare set on the Yorkshire moors, full of ghosts, uncertain motivations, and the creepiest board game this side of Jumanji.”
– Tor Nightfire
“The Garden of Bewitchment is a novel that does not so much beg to be read as it commands the next page be turned […] A must-read for fans of atmospheric tales of the supernatural that creep into the psyche. Cavendish is a master storyteller, capable of building a world that is almost too real for the reader […] an element that her literary ancestors Henry James, Shirley Jackson, Arthur Machen, and yes, the Bronte sisters understood all too well.”