Witches: The Good, the Bad, and the Frivolous

Fictional witches come in many forms — good and bad, of the East and of the West, Baba Yaga and Sabrina.  They live in towers, or in boarding schools, or in castles, or in the woods.  They eat children or they brew tea.  But they all have one thing in common:  powers.witch-riding-broomstick

The power to ride across the sea in a teacup.  The power to disguise their withered husks as young and beautiful.  The power to make monkeys fly.

So begins the article “Why We Write About Witches” on TOR.COM, by Sarah Gailey (who we’ve met before on the bad, bad women of movie cartoons, see August 11).   And so, why indeed?  Why should we write about witches?   Do vampiresses count too?  In fairness, that last strays a bit from the subject, but I’ve written several stories about them (well, maybe one or two witch stories too).  But back to topic, and what the heck Halloween’s in only a few weeks anyway, for more press here.


  1. I rather like that there is a balance, all in all!

  2. Yes, and perhaps a progression too. I write this after the post above this one, where the connection with Belladonna occurred to me, though maybe that means Gailey’s “newer, more ambiguous witch” isn’t as new as she suggests (though maybe it is in terms of popular culture, at least in the US?).

  3. I like your vampiresses better than witch stories. 😉

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