Richard Geyer / Poet and Editor

White Sabbath

ws_coverWhite Sabbath (2022) is a fictional collection of poems by the witchfinder, Matthew Hopkins (c. 1620-1647), and comments by the bloody judge, George Jeffreys (1645-1689). It is based in part on the book that Hopkins published in 1647, The Discovery of Witches. Hopkins and his assistant, John Stearne, were featured in the 1968 horror film, Witchfinder General, which was released in the U.S. as The Conqueror Worm.

In the first half of the book, Hopkins responds to questions put to him by a critic of his work. Jeffreys provides comments on the questions and the replies that are made by Hopkins.

In the second half of the book, Hopkins presents poems on various topics. Some of the poems included in this section are “Vinegar Tom,” “The Mark of the Devil” and “A Witch in the Stocks.”

White Sabbath is 54 pages long and costs $9.99.

I have five other paperbacks for sale. All of my books are available from theĀ Lulu Bookstore and some are also available from Amazon. I’m a member of the Horror Writers Association, and my work has been selected for inclusion in the Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays at Brown University and the Poetry Collection at the State University of New York at Buffalo. I edited the poetry journal Contemporary Rhyme from 2004 to 2008. Email me at