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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

For Halloween: Witches in Literature

Today is Halloween, so I thought I’d share this list of 100 books about witches compiled by S. Zainab Williams for BookRiot.   Other than the classics like The Crucible by Arthur Miller and The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, all of which I read in university many years ago, I’ve read only two others on the list.

The one I would recommend is The Witches of New York by Ami McKay.  See my review at https://schatjesshelves.blogspot.ca/2016/10/review-of-witches-of-new-york-by-ami.html.
I’ve also read The Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch, but I would not recommend it – more about that tomorrow.

For Halloween a couple of years ago, Literary Hub had a superb article entitled “A Literary History of Witches”:  http://lithub.com/a-literary-history-of-witches/.  The Huffington Post also discussed 11 of “the most badass witches from literature, who truly epitomize woman power” (http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/witches-literature_n_6057684).