Witches: Wicked, Wild & Wonderful


Get into the Halloween spirit with Witches: Wicked, Wild & Wonderful edited by Paula Guran.

Below is a summary from the book:

Surrounded by the aura of magic, witches have captured our imagination for millennia and fascinate us now more than ever. No longer confined to the image of a hexing old crone, witches can be kindly healers and protectors, tough modern urban heroines, holders of forbidden knowledge, sweetly domestic spellcasters, darkly domineering, sexy enchantresses, ancient sorceresses, modern Wiccans, empowered or persecuted, possessors of supernatural abilities that can be used for good or evil – or perhaps only perceived as such. Welcome to the world of witchery in many guises: wicked, wild, and wonderful!

Witches: Wicked, Wild & Wonderful is an anthology of twenty-three short stories filled with magic and mystery. These collections of tales express themes of good vs. evil in a modern context. Neil Gaiman, Mercedes Lacey, and Ursula K. Le Guin are just a few authors featured. Each story has its own creative take on witches. Theodora Goss’s Lessons with Miss Gray argues that witchcraft is a science and can be taught, while in Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Bloodlines, powers are inherited. They range from stories about healers, heroines, secrets, swindlers, and saviors. Some stories are kid friendly so you can enchant your children with a new bedtime story. You can also treat yourself to a spooky tale in preparation for the holiday. There’s a story for everyone that is sure to question your definition of what a “witch” really is.

The Editor, Paula is no stranger to tales of magic and mischief. She has written several other books. Some, like Magic City: Recent Spells include examples of contemporary witchcraft. Others turn to the science fiction genre and challenge the reader to the themes and lessons of a distant future in The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Novellas 2015 which Paula also edited.