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Witches & Warlocks: Tales of Black Magic, Old & New

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Witches & warlocks curse, jinx, hex, spook, possess, charm & bedevil their victims in this collection of tales. Many stories are dark & chilling; some are light & humorous; most are time-honored; and a few are original, having been written especially for this book. Contributors include Robert Louis Stevenson, Nikolai Gogol, W.B. Yeats, L. Frank Baum, H.G. W ...more
Hardcover, 529 pages
Published June 7th 1993 by Barnes Noble (first published 1989)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
Sep 30, 2009 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja) rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of short horror stories
This collection of stories about Witches and Warlocks runs the gambit. There is a bit of everything on offer: Good witches, bad witches, really bad witches. Serious and comedic.

My favorite story was The Witch by Isaac Bashevis Singer. I am not sure that the young lady in question is actually a witch. I feel that the protagonist chose to believe that she was a witch to rationalize his incomprehensible attraction to her. She is described as an ugly, dumpy girl/woman with no personality, but for s
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Kaye's Witches and Warlocks anthology, featuring a story by Asimov, is not Asimov's Young Witches and Warlocks anthology. Shame on me for confusing them when I visited the library intending to find the latter and brought the former home instead.

Kaye's anthology is markedly lurid. After finding that the first few stories were focused around the topics of sex and hellfire, I skipped around and only read the stories by the authors I was interested in. By and large, I could have lived without readin
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Mar 14, 2012 Renee King - Hooks rated it really liked it
This is a wonderful read full of many stories, both young and old. If you like stories of not only witches & warlocks, but hexes, jinxes, possesions, and more, you'll love Mr. Kaye's selection of some of the best.

No matter you taste in evil and darkness this book will cover it in one way or the other. It's not a newer publication but a great one.
Jewels
Oct 12, 2014 Jewels rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
Every once in a while, around Halloween, I pull this off our library shelf and indulge in some good old fashioned horror. I prefer subtle creepiness and thriller style format to the gore that seems rampant nowadays. A lot of the stories in this anthology are written by folks from the 1800s, and there is that sense of prevailing dread that makes them extremely delicious as far as scare factor is concerned. At the end of the volume, Marvin Kaye has listed a helpful index of other horrific reads an ...more
Alleycatfan
Oct 05, 2010 Alleycatfan rated it really liked it
Skipping around. A lot of these are real ghost stories. Quite surprising
Annalee
Jan 15, 2016 Annalee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful book of short stories on witches, warlocks, and the like.
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MARVIN KAYE is the author of sixteen novels, including his Dickensian pastiche, The Last Christmas of Ebenezer Scrooge, now optioned to be made into a feature film, and his just-completed sequel to Frankenstein, as well as the terrifying Fantastique and Ghosts of Night and Morning; the SF cult classics, The Incredible Umbrella and (coauthored with Parke Godwin) The Masters of Solitude, and the cri ...more
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