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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 Armstrong, Rachel Caine and Sherrilyn Kenyon,
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Hardcover, 378 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
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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
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destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
This is just... everything I need out of an anthology? Wow. So excited for this.
Sophie (Blame Chocolate) *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 paranormal
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Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
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.
Michael Hicks
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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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 creepy, but it
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 Vanessa  B. ☽♡
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
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Clara
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Catherine
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, 4-stars, fantasy
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 ...more
Tilly
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Kristi
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, witches, 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 ...more
Runalong
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 - https://www.runalongtheshelves.net/bl...
Natalie
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
USOM
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
(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
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Susan
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 Novellives.com
Amy
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
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Kirsty Stanley
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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Jo
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
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.
Zoe Radley
Hmmm soo there were a few good stories.... but the vast majority were absolutely awful. Slow, dull and dare I say it shite. Also a few were rude and not in a good way and some felt almost hostile towards certain people . If you want to read terrible horror here it is for you in one book by authors who really should write better.
Maggie May
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
David Harris
Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm grateful to Titan Books for an advance reading copy of Hex Life to consider for review.

With Autumn coming and you-know-what due at the end of the month (no, I'm not talking about Brexit) it's time for a bit of witchy magic, don't you think? And here to oblige is Titan bringing another of the themed anthologies which they've been on strong form with lately.

The subject is witchcraft in all its glory and horror. Here is a fantastic spread of stories by a whole gathering of (almost entirely)
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Raena Pellichet
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs
There were some stories in this collection that I really enjoyed and I loved the witchy theme. However, I just thought the collection was a little forgettable overall. A lot of the stories were just okay, and unfortunately, some were downright boring to me. But even with the stories I liked, none of them were 5 stars amazing and so I ended up a little bit disappointed.
My favorite stories from this collection were Widow's Walk by Angela Slatter; The Night Nurse by Sarah Langen; Bless Your Heart
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Jordan
Oct 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Let's just say that I need to stop reading anthologies. I never really enjoy them and this one was no exception.

An Invitation to a Burning by Kat Howard - 3.5 stars - I think I would have enjoyed this one a lot more if it had been a bit longer. The writing was really good and I was intrigued by the story, but you can't really get much from nine pages.
Widow's Walk by Angela Slatter - 5 stars - I really enjoyed this one! I feel like I could read a whole book about the widows. The writing was
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Samantha
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received this book via my Night Worms subscription box under their "Hex Education" October 2019 package. It could not have been more fitting! It was witchy, dark, and rich. I loved all of the stories, but here are the ones I liked the best:

"Widows' Walk" by Angela Slatter - This reminded me of the movie "Practical Magic" in a wonderful way. It made me wish I could live under the wings of a trio of crones as fun and warm as the ladies in this story are.

"The Night Nurse" by Sarah Langan - A
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A. Luna
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“But magic, when ignored, when forbidden, twists upon itself and becomes strange.”
And thus Kat Howard opens up the book, Hex Life, an anthology of stories of witchcraft, wickedness, and goodness. This book is written by women in its entirety with authors such as Mary Sangiovanni, Hilary Monahan, Tananarive Due, Theodora Goss, Chesya Burke and more. This anthology deals with themes of loneliness, self-acceptance, love, magic, womanhood, discrimination, and racism. Intermixed with these themes are
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Istoria Lit
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Judith Moore
Originally posted at Chain Interaction
Content warnings: sexual assault, violence, eating disorder (there are more so feel free to contact me for more information)

Yes, this is a short story collection all themed around witches. It’s practically perfect for anyone looking for some Halloween appropriate reading!

As with most collections of this kind this was a mixed bag, there were a few stories I really loved and a couple that weren’t quite it for me. I think that’s the best thing you can hope for
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Jackie Cowgill (LanternsJourney)
I loved this book! An anthology about witches written by a diverse group of kick ass women. All the stories were unique and enjoyable (they all got between 3-5 stars from me) Some of the stories only got 3 stars because they weren't quite the style I go for, or I didnt fully understand the concept. A few of the stories were more abstract, and not directly about a witch, but spiritual magical things. The stories ranged between spiritual, dark, humorous, modern urban, classic fairytale, modern ...more
Michael
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For those of us with Halloween in our heads year round, HEX LIFE is like a favorite black hoodie. Halloween isn’t the theme of the book, witchcraft is, but I’m sure - with an October release date - it was intended to add to the mesmerizing and spooky feels of the season.

There are EIGHTEEN stories in this anthology, so you definitely get your money’s worth. I discovered new favorite authors (who I quickly began following on social media) and I finally got to read a couple of authors that I’ve
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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