Virago Press, London, 1994. Paperback. New Edition. 244 pages. They say never judge a book by it’s cover, and in this case that may be very true, a highly rated work resulting from detailed research. A collection of more than 50 stories about witches from around the world. There are tales of banshees, crones and beauties in disguise from China, Siberia, the Caribbean, Armenia, Portugal and Australia. The characters featured include Italy’s Witch Bea-Witch, Lilith, Kali, and Twitti Glyn Hec. As New.
Review – “This is not your average book about witches. It contains stories of folklore, mythology and legends of witches from around the world. Each story is very interesting in it’s own way. I particularly loved the story ‘The First People and the First Corn’, which is a North American Indian witch tale and explains how certain things came into being. If you want to learn more about real witch folklore, this book is a must read.”
Shahrukh Husain writes fiction, non-fiction and scripts for children and adults. She’s recently added a novel to the list. She is passionate about world mythology and folklore which provides a link between her two jobs: writing and psychoanalysis. She was born in Karachi, Pakistan and lives in London with her husband Christopher Shackle. She has two children, three step-children and half a dozen grand-children (she dropped the ‘step’ after the first generation).