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Hex Life: Wicked New Tales of Witchery

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  1,051 ratings  ·  227 reviews
Brand-new stories of witches and witchcraft written by popular female fantasy authors, including Kelley Armstrong, Rachel Caine and Sherrilyn Kenyon writing in their own bestselling universes!

These are tales of wickedness... stories of evil and cunning, written by today's women you should fear. Includes tales from Kelley Armstong, Rachel Caine and Sherrilyn Kenyon, writing
Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by Titan Books
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Sophie Elaina
Hex Life contains a mix of other worldly magical, eerie, darkly disturbing and beautifully written whimsical tales. The collection is dedicated to all things witchy, crosses several genres and each author takes there own unique angle. It was a interesting mix of fairytale like, and modernised tales, that come together to create quite the anthology. I was completely enamoured from the very first story.

Some of my favourite stories include Widows’ Walk, The Night Nurse, Bless Your Heart, and This
Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
With October come the witches, and I could not be happier.

A gorgeously evocative anthology filled with women of all different kinds. The narrators of the stories are not always witches, but there's always a whisper of magic somewhere. A perfect anthology for the witching month.

> An Invitation to a Burning - Kat Howard (4 stars)
A really short short story. Perhaps the length means some things don’t make sense, but perhaps that’s the magic of the story.

> Widows' Walk - Angela Slatter (4 stars)
Umairah | Sereadipity
Dec 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Hex Life was an anthology of wicked and wonderful witchcraft. It played around with the stereotypes surrounding witches and each story was unique and magical. I liked some stories more than others but I think that there is something for everyone as it had a broad scope of styles and takes on the theme of witches..

(1) An Invitation to a Burning by Kat Howard, 4 stars: One of the shortest stories in the anthology that took the idea of witch burning and turned it into something powerful, uniting an
Sophie (BlameChocolate) *on hiatus*
Hex Life: Wicked New Tales of Witchery

Read the full review and more at Blame Chocolate.

🔮 A big thank you to Titan Books for the review copy. This has not influenced my opinion in any way. 🔮

I absolutely loved Hex Life, despite the couple odd stories I didn’t particularly care for.

It had amazing feminist energy, brilliantly fleshed-out characters, powerful endings, super original premises, and all of them managed to offer such unique takes on witchcraft.

The authors were able to blend contemporary social themes with old school paranorm
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
This is just... everything I need out of an anthology? Wow. So excited for this.
Michael Hicks
My review of HEX LIFE: WICKED NEW TALES OF WITCHERY can be found at High Fever Books.

Some anthology editors out there don’t feel it’s their job to seek out, or perhaps don’t believe it’s important enough to find, diverse voices for their books, relying instead on a stable of old reliable white men whose names routinely appear on multiple tables of contents each year. And then there’s editors like Amber Fallon, whose all-women roster for Fright Into Flight came about in direct response to Stephen
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror
2.5 Stars
I loved the premise of this anthology so much, especially with an all-female group of authors. However, these stories did not end up working for me because I rarely enjoy urban fantasy. My favourite story in the collection was An Invitation to a Burning by Kat Howard.This story was haunting and spooky, which is what I wanted from the rest of the collection. If you love urban fantasy, you will hopefully like this one a lot more than I did.
julia ☆ [owls reads]
An Invitation to a Burning by Kat Howard: ★★★★☆ | Brief story with a creepy atmosphere and a really cool take on witches and witchy gatherings.

Widows' Walk by Angela Slatter: ★★★★☆ | Great world-building in only a few short pages! And the twist at the end is amazing.

Black Magic Momma: An Otherworld Story by Kelley Armstrong: ★★☆☆☆ | I'm not really familiar with Otherworld, so this feels disconnected to me. It also doesn't have an ending.

The Memories of Trees by Mary SanGiovanni: ★☆☆☆☆ | Pretty c
Clara (The Bookworm of Notre-Dame)
Absolutely perfect for the season! 🎃🦇🔮🍂
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, horror, adult, 4-stars
This it the best anthology I have read so far. Seriously, I devoured this book, even if I didn't love every single tale, which isn't surprising: this book is a collection of 18 different stories by 18 different authors, so of course there are ones I loved and ones I didn't. However, not a bad one in my opinion: I'd rate each of those witchy tales between 3 and 5 stars. Not less. Witches lovers will all find something they like in this book and each tale was written by a woman: no man writing abo ...more
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 stars

This was such a great book of short stories about witches and witchcraft from some amazing authors.
I love a short story and fantasy so when I saw this book, I was immediately excited and it did not let me down.
With stories from 2 of my favourite authors Kelley Armstrong and Rachel Caine and 16 other writers, I had high hopes!
There were about 2 stories that I didnt really enjoy and a few that had me terrified!!! I like the inbetween stories and even more loved the stories where the witch
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: witches, 2019, anthology
Hex Life: Wicked New Tales of Witchery is a collection of stories from a diverse group of amazing female writers! Every story in this anthology brought something powerful and meaningful despite the nature of the tale, good or evil. Some writers explored the sisterhood of women and the empowerment of defying the leaders that are threatened by them. Some brought a terrifying view of witches embodying the traditional view that all witches are evil and in league with the devil. In contrast, others b ...more
 Vanessa  B. ♡
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
I really liked this anthology!

Perfect for this season, filled with dark and whimsical tales and an atmosphere mysterious and eerie! There were a couple of stories such as "Night Nurse" I found kind of disturbing and some others, like "The Deer Wife" that were perfectly magical!
I am pretty sure this is going to be a seasonal re-read for me!

ps. How great it would be to have different anthologies for every season. Autumn is more mysterious and eerie, summer could be for romance, winter more dark
Stephanie (That's What She Read)
This was tough because the stories I clicked with I loved, but the ones I didn't click with just didn't work with me at all.

The stories that I enjoyed were Widows Walk, Deer Wife, Bless Your Heart and This Skin
This was a good anthology. All of the stories were good, many were great. I enjoyed reading all of them which is not always the case with a story collection. My favorites were Widow's Walk and the Night Nurse. My least favorites were The Nekrolog and Toil and Trouble. I would recommend this to people who enjoy supernatural anthologies. ...more
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you’re looking for some Halloween reads you can’t go wrong with this excellent tale of witches both good bad and dangerous to know. Brilliant collection of authors assembled too!

Full review -
Kim Lockhart
Apr 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a surprisingly wonderful anthology. I liked ALL of the stories, and some were downright spectacular. There's a satisfying thread of feminism and social justice which winds its way through disparate, sometimes haunting, and even funny tales. The spookiest tales emanate from the psychological failings of humanity.

The quickening of the heart with a variety of lessons. Is there a better way to spend an afternoon?
Alex | | findingmontauk1
Oct 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, lohf
If you need witchy realness and a variety of styles, themes, and plots then this is most definitely the set of short stories for you! I cant believe I held on to this one so long before reading it -- not fully knowing what it was about. I thoroughly enjoyed these stories-- some from authors I've never read before and some from authors I've come to love! Highly recommend this one! ...more
Oct 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"If you had it all to do over again, how would you want to die?"

This a delightfully witchy collection of stories! Great authors, creepy stories.. in short everything you need if you love all things spooky and wonderful.
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up an ARC of Hex Life at ALA Annual this past June and was super excited because I LOVE witches. I love sweet homey witches that take in unloved and neglected children, I love vengeful witches that will as soon burn ya to the ground as look at you, I love Shakespeare's witches from Macbeth. I love'em all. I just think witches are great because they encompass such a wide range of what it means to have magic and this anthology manages to capture that range. The first two stories in the bo ...more
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

I have always been transfixed by society. At first maybe you're drawn to how delightfully wicked they seem - especially what we see in the media. But as I've grown up, I've been more and more fascinated because of what they represent. These women, scapegoated and persecuted, threatened the societal order around us. They represent a community's fears and doubts. Hex Life is thrilli
Jan 01, 2020 rated it liked it
I love witches and wizards. The idea of magic just facinates me; so when I saw this anthology I just knew I had to have it. This collection was dark, like murder and vengeance kind of dark --- I loved it. My top 3 favorites would probably be: Widow's Walk (turning people into cats? Yes please), The Memories of Trees (killing overzealous townspeople? I'm in), and The Debt (getting what you're owed? Great!). I was honestly left wanting more. ...more
The majority of these I really enjoyed ranging from the surreal, and ones where I am still not sure what the truth at the heart of the story is, through to those that were much more straight forward but still satisfying - especially where injustice is countered or revenged. The settings span time; from folkloric (the delightfully dark and twisty Grimm style Polish tale 'The Debt'), to old South (two tales that explore racism and its lingering pervasive evil but with 'Haint Me Too' an extra glori ...more
Kasey Ashton
Sep 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable anthology, absolutely gorgeous cover, & I've added a number of new to me authors to me TBR ...more
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A strong female line-up of authors bring a multitude a witchy narratives to life in the timely anthology, Hex Life: Wicked New Tales of Witchery. Edited by Christopher Golden and Rachel Deering, it is out on October 1st from Titan Books. And it is the perfect Halloween read.

Full Review at
Maggie May
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A truly excellent collection of stories all with varied perspectives on the character of the witch. An Invitation to a Burning by Kat Howard is a beautiful story and the perfect beginning for the book. Widow’s Walk by Angela Slatter is my favorite of the works. The stories by Hilary Monahan and Tananarive Due were highlights as well. I didn’t love the inclusion of stories from ongoing series, but I am sure they will be fun for fans of those series to read. Recommended for everyone because I can’ ...more
Thank you, Titan Books, for a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

Trigger warnings (that I found): grief, homophobia, death, gore, violence, abuse, bullying, kidnapping, cheating, racism, sexual assault, racist slurs.
Rating: 3 stars (overall)

This is for sure the perfect Halloween read! If you like creepy and spooky stories about witches and magic, this collection might just be for you!

Story 1: An Invitation to a Burning (3 stars)
A little too short and forgettable for me. I really liked
Kirsty Stanley
4.75 stars overall

Hex Life is a masterful anthology of eighteen tales of witches. A mix of creepy, kind, feminist and vengeful. Some are even set in their authors’ existing worlds - although these tales stand alone for those, like me, who haven’t previously read their work.

I just want to highlight one of the tales from Hex Life, though it’s hard to pick a favourite with a collection this strong - and beautiful. Look at that detail! Widow’s Walk By Angel Slatter gave me Practical Magic’s “aunties
A collection of short stories, all with witches as their central theme. Some are 'good' witches, others are more akin to those from the traditional fairy tales. I usually find anthologies to be a bit hit and miss but this was all hit for me. Perfect read for the month of October. ...more
Overall, this is a really solid collection of stories with a range of feelings from macabre to whimsical. Many different perspectives on witches and magic are represented within. There are no real duds, although there are some tales that I struggled to connect with as well as the others. There are some true standouts as well, notably for me: "Widows' Walk", "The Deer Wife", "Last Stop on Route Nine", "Haint Me Too", and "How to Become a Witch-Queen"

Intending to come back and do a little blurb on
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Christopher Golden is the award-winning, bestselling author of such novels as The Myth Hunters, Wildwood Road, The Boys Are Back in Town, The Ferryman, Strangewood, Of Saints and Shadows, and (with Tim Lebbon) Mind the Gap. Golden co-wrote the lavishly illustrated novel Baltimore, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire with Mike Mignola, which they are currently scripting as a feature film ...more

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