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Week 5 of Ray's short story and other reviews

By Raymond G. TaylorPublished 12 months ago Updated 11 months ago 3 min read

A witchy theme to this week’s reviews, as we are getting close to Halloween. Please let me know if you would like me to check out one of your stories or articles. Just leave a comment at the end of this piece.

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This week's reviews



Well-researched historical account of how to go about discovering a witch in your midst – at least if you are a 17th century zealot with a penchant for torture and executions. Or for that matter, suppression of women, particularly of the elderly and unmarried kind. Great read and worth noting how witchfinders went about their trade.

This author also mentions stories about dark romance, among other themes and genres, which are next on my reading list (grows longer by the day!)

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6 Scarlet Witch-Centric Comics Worth Catching Up On Before Her New Solo Series Begins [some title huh?]


I am not a comic-book buff and had no idea that Marvel included witches among its characters. But they do and I like the idea of Wanda Maximoff, aka the Scarlet Witch, so thanks to Kristy Anderson for writing about her. If you want to know more about this brightly-clad sorceress, you know where to go.

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Four Great Witchy Books


If like me you love reading about witches (or like me you love writing about them too) but are not sure where to start, this article provides some great suggestions. Whether you are interested in the disturbing history of the Salem witch trials or the sexy antics of a suburban sorceress (actually I think that’s ‘rural’ or ‘fantasyland’ sorceress, neither of which words were alliterative, soz). I have not read any of the books Anastasia has reviewed so that’s my reading sorted out for the rest of the year!

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The Witch's Curse

by SARA LITTLE October 2022 in VINTAGE

Definitely for you if like your double, double, toil and trouble. Have a read of this lively verse which provides a great potion to take on All Hallows’ Eve. Not for the feint hearted however, and you better hope this witch visits some other place and not yours this Halloween.

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The Trial of Elizabeth Gadge

Departing from the usual format, I thought I would mention a witch story beyond Vocal. The Trial of Elizabeth Gadge is the third episode of the second series of the British TV dark comedy anthology ‘Inside No. 9’. Written by Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton, and directed by Dan Zeff, first aired on 9 April 2015 on BBC Two. The story follows a 17th-century witch trial. Elizabeth Gadge, played by the wonderful Ruth Sheen, stands accused of witchcraft by inhabitants of the village of Little Happens. As you can imagine from the place name, there is plenty of mirth alongside the usual helping of witch-finding bunkum.

If you can’t get it on BBC, have a look on You Tube.

Brilliant, irreverent hilarity!

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Having looked for recent witchy stories on Vocal it seems there are not as many as I had expected, although perhaps some will appear later in the month. On which basis, I thought I would mention some of my offerings (any excuse!).

Writing Witches and Witchery

An article exploring the conventions and different approaches to writing stories about witches and witchcraft

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Dark clouds gather

First part of a three-part story of witchcraft and a battle against dark forces in the provincial town of Guildford

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More to come: Watch this space

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Author based in Kent, England. A writer of fictional short stories in a wide range of genres, he has been a non-fiction writer since the 1980s. Non-fiction subjects include art, history, technology, business, law, and the human condition.

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