Saturday, 23 January 2021

Of Witches by Steve Stred


 Of Witches… the newest collection by dark fiction author, Steve Stred, brings together eight stories all revolving around one of history’s great curiosities – the witch.


Steve Stred will once again take you into the deepest, darkest places.

Accompanied by fifteen stunning photographs/illustrations, as well as an amazing foreword from Miranda Crites, this collection is sure to quench your crone thirst.

Within this collection you’ll find tales about;
-A watery reunion
-A story shared in a bar
-Letters left after a family member dies
-A chance encounter while camping
-Three sisters who live on the outskirts of town
-The events that follow the loss of a loved one
-Strange occurrences at a property
-A teenager starting to work at the family business

Of Witches… is sure to become both a Halloween classic as well as a collection classic.


I've been a fan of Steve Stred's work for many years, starting with Left Hand Path:13 More Tales of  Black Magick, a collection of dark tales which I loved straight away. 

The next thing I read came from Demain Publishing, The Man Who Knows No Fear. This tale was so different from what I had read of Steve's, it was horror but also surprisingly heart wrenching and tender.



I was hooked! The good news is that Steve Stred is an incredibly prolific writer and it wasn't long until The Window in The Ground was released. This is easily the best thing by Steve that I have read, it has recently made the Preliminary Ballots for the HWA awards for Outstanding Achievement in Long Fiction, a huge achievement.




So when I saw that Steve had dedicated an entire collection to witches and dark magic I had to take a look. 

Of Witches does not disappoint. It is illustrated by Miranda Rites which really complements the tone of the stories. Each story is of course about witches but each one is really different.

The first story to the collection, In Waves, is a tale where a father takes his son to the beach for a day to reminisce over his lost love, who may not be all she seems. 

The Caves in the Wood, one of my favourite tales in this collection, is about two podcasters in search of a creepy story for their podcast.

Grandma's letters was a lot of fun to read, an unusual take that doesn't go where you think it is going to go. Three Words was truly sinister and has put me off camping for life. 

Also in this collection is the The Witch which I loved. It is a tale of three sisters united in witchcraft. They live out their days just outskirt a village where they try to remain unseen after witnessing the tragic demise of their parents. They live in constant fear of their lives keeping themselves away until the younger sister grows curious and decided to visit the village.

I had great fun reading this collection and can't wait to read more by Steve Stred!

About the Author

Steve Stred writes dark, bleak horror fiction.

Steve is the author of a number of novels, novellas and collections as well as appearing alongside some of Horror's biggest names in numerous anthologies.

He is proud to work with the Ladies of Horror Fiction to facilitate the Annual LOHF Writers Grant.

Steve is also a voracious reader, reviewing everything he reads and submitting the majority of his reviews to be featured on Kendall Reviews.

Steve Stred is based in Edmonton, AB, Canada and lives with his wife, his son and their dog OJ.

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