Monday, February 13, 2017

REVIEW: Wicked Witches

Wicked Witches
Author: Various

What a wonderfully wicked short story and poetry anthology!

Wicked Witches gathers 22 stories about witches. The New England states have been rich in Witch lore for hundreds of years. This anthology gathers new modern tales of witchery, ranging from misunderstood crones to evil satanists.

I enjoyed every story in this collection. Some were humorous, others chilling. But all were delightfully witchy and wonderful.

My favorite tale is T.S. Eliot Burns in Hell penned by GD Dearborn. A reporter searches out a long-missing former rock star, only to find he has gotten himself into real trouble. From the setting -- a crumbling, old farmhouse filled with cannibalistic cats -- to the slow build of terror, the story was fantastic! Sometimes things that disappear should best be left to the shadows where they belong. The story was just awesomely horrific! It left me staring at my cats with awe and major distrust for the rest of the day.

Included in the anthology are:

That Witch We Dread - Suzanne Reynolds-Alpert
In Agatha Craggins' Defense - John McIlveen
Welcome to the D.I.V. - Errick A. Nunnally
The Witch's Apprentice - Morven Westfield
Going Home - James A. Moore
White Witch - Catherine Grant
Baskets - Paul McMahon
The Saint of Regret - Nick Manzolillo
Witch - Trisha J. Wooldridge
Run in the Widow's Hell - K.H. Vaughan
Portrait of an Old Woman with Crows - Peter N. Dudar
Tilberian Holiday - Izzy Lee
To Dance the Witches Circle Again - Morgan Sylvia
Another Plane - Patrick Lacey
Access Violation - Jeremy Flagg
T.S. Eliot Burns in Hell - GD Dearborn
Black Forest, Black Heart - Joshua Goudreau
The Jatinga Effect - Doug Rinaldi
The Place of Bones - Barry Lee Dejasu
Creaking Through Salem - Ogmios
Blessed Be & Kick Ass - Jan Kozlowski
Moving House - Rob Smales

The wicked cover art was designed by artist Mikio Murakami. The anthology's introduction was provided by Penny Dreadful, hostess of Penny Dreadful's Shilling Shockers.

I definitely recommend this collection of witchy writings for anyone who enjoys horror and dark fantasy!

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