Tag: witches

Witch for Hire

Witch for Hire

by Ted Naifeh (Amulet, 2021)

Graphic novel cover: “Witch for Hire” by Ted Naifeh (Amulet, 2021)

While Faye Faulkner’s witch magic is alluring, Naifeh pulls no punches and allows very little catharsis in this exploration of high-school bullying and teen insecurity. The illustrations match the subject matter, bruised and murky in dark shades of green, yellow and orange.

The Near Witch

The Near Witch

by Victoria Schwab (Hyperion Books, 2011) [republished as by V.E. Schwab]; audiobook read by Heather Wilds (Blackstone, 2019)

Book cover: “The Near Witch” by Victoria Schwab (Hyperion Books, 2011) [republished as by V.E. Schwab]; audiobook read by Heather Wilds (Blackstone, 2019)

A claustrophobic fantasy that paints the evils of superstitious fear (and a pig-headed patriarchy) but which makes a protracted novel out of what should have been a novelette—and then omits the more interesting of the final confrontations. Narrated with bizarre emphases.

Doctor Who: The Witch from the Well

Doctor Who: The Witch from the Well

by Rick Briggs (Big Finish, 2011)

Briggs_Witch from the Well

As ever, Big Finish have gone beresk with their screeching creature effects. Notwithstanding such overindulgence, this pseudohistorical take on the seventeenth-century witch trials offers uncommon nuance and character depth. A particularly good story for Paul McGann and Julie Cox (as Mary Shelley).

 

 

The Witches

The Witches

by Roald Dahl (Jonathan Cape, 1983); audiobook read by Miranda Richardson (Penguin, 2013)

Dahl_Witches

Scary and horrid and yet rather wondrous and fun, Roald Dahl’s take on witches remains a classic of middle grade fiction. Miranda Richardson’s audiobook reading is nicely pitched (notwithstanding her overly grating Grand High Witch and some oddly lacklustre, unnecessary sound effects).