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Hex Life: Wicked New Tales of Witchery

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  109 ratings  ·  47 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 Armstrong, Rachel Caine and Sherrilyn Kenyon, writing
Hardcover, 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)
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
This is just... everything I need out of an anthology? Wow. So excited for this.
Sophie (Blame Chocolate)
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 so brilliantly, I was in awe. There was
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 King
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,/>The/>Black/>Widows'
Absolutely perfect for the season! 🎃🦇🔮🍂
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 whe
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anthology, 2019, witches
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
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 -
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 bo ...more
 Vanessa  B. ☽♡
I really liked this anthology! Perfect fot this season, filled with a mysterious and eerie atmosfere and dark and whimsical tales. There were a couple of stories such as Night Nurse, I would describe as 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!

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 thrilli
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.

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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
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.
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
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 them
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 bes
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 fai ...more
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: titan
Oooh, 18 brand new tales of witchcraft from some of the finest female fantasy and horror authors working today? Sign me up!

Now some of these stories are set in certain of said authors' established universes, which is super great for fans but can seem daunting for newer readers. For the most part, these stories work well as stand-alones. I was actually really pleased with how easily accessible Home, Rachel Caine's Morganville Vampires story, was for me given that I've never read any o
B Meadows
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Please read my full review here.

First, the positives of this book:

1 Witches
2 POC representation
3 LBGT representation (could’ve used more but it’s a start)
4 Feminism
5 A Snow White story
6 Motherhood
7 Vengeance stories
8 Love Stories
9 Baba Yaga

While witches aren’t always women, this story collection is more or less a series about women and their strengths, their weaknesses, or sometimes, their sins. It’s important to note of
John Rennie
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good anthology offers a range of stories so there will be some you like and others you don't. And this is a good anthology. The stories are all well written and span the range from fairly standard fairy tale to seriously dark. Given the theme of the anthology the stories are all about women, but they are far from formulaic. Some of the witches are good, some spectacularly evil and some just contemptible.

I didn't like every story, and I'm sure you won't either, but I'm equally sure
I enjoyed this collection though some of them are not my cup of tea :)
Some of my favs are “An Invitation to Burning”, “The Night Nurse”, “The Deer Wife” and “The Debt”.
Perfect book to read in autumn!
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
*I was provided with an ARC of this book by the publisher, in exchange for my honest opinion.

This was by far one of, if not the best anthology that I've read. There were just so many things that I loved about it, for starters, it's full of very talented authors. There seriously wasn't a poor story in this, there were obviously ones that I enjoyed more than others, but it didn't mean that there were any bad stories. The writing in this was just so strong and consistently good the whol
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's hard to review a book that has so many different stories in it, but I'll do my best to do just that.

This is a really cohesive group of stories about witches, and the editors did a really stunning job on this. The witches range from traditional, to fairytale re-tellings, to the imaginative. But they all fit together well within the book and the change between each story is easy and simple.

There's one story in here that really did confuse me, I just couldn't quite unde
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: witches
Thank you Titan Books for the gifted copy

I really enjoyed this anthology!!! It is no secret I live for all things witchy so this collection of short stories is MY JAM.

I absolutely love that some of my favorite authors are featured in this book, such as Kelley Armstrong - I loved visiting the otherworld again in Black Magic Momma, Rachel Caine’s Home: A Morganville Vampire Story, and Kat Howard’s An Invitation to a Burning. This collection truly sets the tone for my Octob
KristynRene The Hype Queen of Books

Literally the first two stories were the only stories I was able to read to completion. I’m just not at all feeling this book the way I felt with A Thousand Beginnings and Endings.

That is not to say this book is a bad book. I adore Titan Books publishing and several other works by the authors included in this anthology.

I’m simply not the crowd for this one.
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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