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.
Genres don’t just hit on the obvious horror and fantasy. Instead they range from alternative history to apocalyptic. Additionally, authors fearlessly tackle topics like LGBTQ bullying and racial oppression.
The editors do a fantastic job of arranging the stories in such a way that there is a smoothness in transition but yet there is enough difference in style as to not become repetitive or slow, either.
Thank You Titan Books for an arc of Hex Life in exchange for an honest review
The Memory of Trees by Mary SanGiovanni is one of the stand-outs that loops time by setting the revitalization of witch trials in a future, apocalyptic setting. Pay mind to the forest, though they whisper and hold secrets that you might want to hear.
Gold Among The Black by Alma Katsu provides one of the most unique plot twists in the anthology with a homeless castle maid and her companion – a shapeshifting dog. Ultimately she must choose between two different paths and worlds.
Bless Your Heart by Hillary Monahan features a town of so-called Christians that take to bullying gay boy. However, they pick the wrong boy in this town. As his mom becomes more angered with their despicable behavior, she decides to serve up revenge. And coming from a long line of swamp-witches? That can be a perilous fate for the townspeople, indeed.
Hex Life is a rare anthology where I truly enjoyed each and every story. Usually, while there are some that hit the reader well and some that leave you wanting more, this anthology goes above and beyond that expectation. Anyone looking for a Halloween treat of witch stories in a variety of genres, styles and a narratives will take delight in immersing themselves in Hex Life.