Witches: Wicked, Wild & Wonderful by Paula Guran
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
The unexpected and very "un" Madaleine L'Engle story, "Poor Little Saturday," was worth the purchase alone. It pre-dates A Wrinkle in Timeby six years, and is also about witches, although far different from the Wrinkle witches. Drawing lines between the witch woman in this short story and the later, greater Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which would make an interesting parlor discussion for L'Engle-philes and L'Engle-ologists. That story stood out for me, as did Tanith Lee's "Mirage and Magia," which was like some sort of erotic entry in the Oz series. "Catskin" by Kelly Link was refreshingly bizarre. My only complain was the Halloweenish cover. My favorite witches from literature, Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg (see Wyrd Sisters) would make short work of that Goth vampira, if not actually injuring her, then making her cry and give up her poseur ways.
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