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Witch Fix

The perennial appeal of witches definitely lies in their power.

They have the ability to summon magic and they take symbols of female domestication and turn them on their head.

Why use a broom to sweep when you can use it to fly? Why boil herbs for broth when you could use them to destroy demons? 

They do this while honoring the sanctity of sisterhood and employing practices that are both spiritual and grounded in tradition.

They are human, yet different. They are rebels. They are just like me, only better.

Also, cats. 

Coming soon, we have much anticipated reboots of iconic small screen witches from Bewitched and Charmed, but the show I’m most excited about is Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

I CANNOT WAIT (12 days, but who’s counting?).

Where do I start?...

A live action adaptation of the Archie Horror graphic novel series that achieves that perfect blend of reality and the supernatural.

A companion to Riverdale, the moody modern noir version of Archie and Friends where the atmosphere is darker, the girls steal the show, and the parents are pure evil.

The casting looks brilliant, including Kiernan Shipka from Mad Men as Sabrina and Miranda Otto as Aunt Zelda, forever seared in my mind as for Eowyn from Return of the King and famous for the “I am no man” line.

Talk about bold and rebellious!

While waiting for Chilling Adventures to be released, I’ve been re-reading the graphic novels by  Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. Always available on Hoopla with your Des Plaines Library Card.

Check out the other enchanting titles below to get your witch fix now.

The Devil's Call

The Devil's Call

by Danielle J. Dorn

On a dark night in the summer of 1859, three men enter the home of Dr. Matthew Callahan and shoot him dead in front of his pregnant wife. Unbeknownst to them, Li Lian, his wife, hails from a long line of women gifted in ways that scare most folks-the witches of the MacPherson clan-and her need for vengeance is as vast and unforgiving as the Great Plains themselves. 

A Discovery of Witches

A Discovery of Witches

by Deborah Harkness

Witch and Yale historian Diana Bishop discovers an enchanted manuscript, attracting the attention of 1,500-year-old vampire Matthew Clairmont. The orphaned daughter of two powerful witches, Bishop prefers intellect, but relies on magic when her discovery of a palimpsest documenting the origin of supernatural species releases an assortment of undead who threaten, stalk, and harass her.



by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

Welcome to Black Spring, the seemingly picturesque Hudson Valley town haunted by the Black Rock Witch, a seventeenth century woman whose eyes and mouth are sewn shut. Muzzled, she walks the streets and enters homes at will. Everybody knows that her eyes may never be opened or the consequences will be too terrible to bear. The elders of Black Spring have virtually quarantined the town to prevent their curse from spreading. Frustrated with being kept in lockdown, the town's teenagers decide to break their strict regulations and go viral with the haunting. But, in so doing, they send the town spiraling into dark, medieval practices of the distant past.

King of Bones and Ashes

King of Bones and Ashes

by J.D. Horn

Magic is seeping out of the world, leaving the witches who've relied on it for countless centuries increasingly hopeless. While some see an inevitable end of their era, others are courting madness-willing to sacrifice former allies, friends, and family to retain the power they covet. While the other witches watch their reality unravel, young Alice Marin is using magic's waning days to delve into the mystery of numerous disappearances in the occult circles of New Orleans.

The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane

The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane

by Katherine Howe

While readying her grandmother's abandoned home for sale, Connie Goodwin discovers an ancient key in a seventeenth-century Bible with a scrap of parchment bearing the name Deliverance Dane. In her quest to discover who this woman was and seeking a rare artifact--a physick book--Connie begins to feel haunted by visions of the long-ago witch trials and fears that she may be more tied to Salem's past than she could have imagined.

In the House In the Dark of the Woods

In the House in the Dark of the Woods 

by Laird Hunt

In this horror story set in colonial New England, a law-abiding Puritan woman goes missing. Alone and possibly lost, she meets another woman in the forest. Then everything changes. On a journey that will take her through dark woods full of almost-human wolves, through a deep well wet with the screams of men, and on a living ship made of human bones, our heroine may find that the evil she flees has been inside her all along. 

Raven Boys

The Raven Boys

by Maggie Stiefvater

Though she is from a family of clairvoyants, Blue Sargent's only gift seems to be that she makes other people's talents stronger, and when she meets Gansey, one of the Raven Boys from the expensive Aglionby Academy, she discovers that he has talents of his own--and that together their talents are a dangerous mix.

Toil and Trouble: 15 Tales of Women and Witchcraft

Toil and Trouble: 15 Tales of Woman and Witchcraft

History is filled with stories of women accused of witchcraft, of fearsome girls with arcane knowledge. Toil & Trouble features fifteen stories of girls embracing their power, reclaiming their destinies and using their magic to create, to curse, to cure - and to kill. ... This collection reveals a universal truth: there's nothing more powerful than a girl who believes in herself.

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