"Why We Love Witches" Guest Post by The Spellcaster’s Grimoire Author Mark All

Posted May 8, 2013 by Melissa in Author Guest Post | 6 Comments

Guest Post

Why We Love Witches
by Mark All 
Tales of witchcraft and sorcery have been popular for millennia throughout the world. They’re in the Bible, Grimm’s Fairy Tales, movies, and TV shows. In recent years, Gregory Maquire’s novel Wicked was not only a huge success as a book but as a Broadway musical. A 2013 film revisits the land of Oz. Both the Paranormal and Young Adult genres of books have spawned more witch tales than the Spanish Inquisition.
Why do we love witches? (I’m not discussing the Wiccan religion here, only spellcasters in popular fiction.)We find witches both scary and tantalizing. Their prominent characteristics are that they are women, they are powerful, and they command magic. What’s not to love?
Paranormal and Urban Fantasy novels typically feature strong heroines. Protagonists are often witches or women with similar magical abilities. Buffy the Vampire Slayer played a major role in popularizing the “kick ass heroine,”but witchcraft has always been a potent metaphor for the power of women.

In the stressful 21st century, we all need escape and to experience vicarious thrills in the exploits of Heroes and Heroines, but witches are (typically) women, offering a female alternative to Bruce Willis and James Bond. Fiction provides us flawed characters facing challenges even more daunting than our own, who model successful problem-solving and personal growth and self-actualization. And who could resist the illicit thrill, the permission to experience through a fictional avatar being naughty, being a bit of a bitch when the need arises, or just serving comeuppance to some deserving S.O.B.?

But witches are inherently frightening. Could this be an expression of societal attitudes? Many men and even women sometimes fear powerful women. One way to interpret the witch trials and wholesale slaughter of up to 60,000 women between1480 and 1750 is the purging from the human race of strong and threatening women. 75% – 80% of those executed for witchcraft were women. They weren’t called Warlock Hunts.
Yet today we benefit from the revolution and empowerment of the women’s movement. And our witches are no longer constrained to hiding their abilities when their husbands have their boss over for dinner, but proudly mug on their own book covers, in tight black leather and with broadsword in hand.
The allure of witchcraft itself is that it is basic and elemental, seeking to command the forces of nature, a symbolic control over our reality and our lives. It also offers the power to inflict harm on our enemies, which is always a temptation lurking in the depths of our psyche, though hopefully in real life we resist!
Bun in fiction, we love our witches and enjoy the vicarious excitement and empowerment they enjoy.

The Book


Title: The Spellcaster’s Grimoire
Author: Mark All
Reading Level: Adult
Genre: Fantasy\Paranormal
Size: 224 pages
Available Formats: Paperback/E-book
Release Date: February 28th 2013
Publisher: Imajinn Books
ISBN: 9781610261210
Add the book: Goodreads
Buy the book: Amazon  | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis:

Bestselling witchcraft author Trish Sinclair has a shameful secret: she’s a lousy spellcaster, and the spells in her books belong to others. So when a dying warlock entrusts her with an ancient and powerful grimoire, she runs for her life from his murderer, psychotic witch Kate Cavanaugh. Kate pursues Trish relentlessly to obtain the grimoire, which holds spells to command the fearsome power of a magic crystal hidden in town—and Kate is determined to have that power.

When the town coven refuses to help Trish protect the grimoire, she is forced to turn to cynical warlock Aidan McCarthy, who has a secret agenda of his own, and Rain Devereaux, a novice witch whose spellcasting abilities are even worse than Trish’s.  As Kate unleashes the elemental might of tornados and ice storms on the trio, they desperately struggle to defeat her.

But Kate is too powerful, and she manages to steal the grimoire and unearth the crystal. Trish knows Kate will use the stone’s power to exact her deadly revenge on Aidan and the town coven unless Trish can manifest her latent magical abilities to save them.

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The Author

Mark All is the author of paranormal thrillers The Spellcaster’s Grimoire and Mystic Witch, published by ImaJinn Books in trade paperback and eBook formats.  He has won two international writing awards and contributed to Computer Legends, Lies & Lore.

Mystic Witch received a 5 Star review from the Paranormal Romance Guild, and 3½ stars (out of 4½ possible stars) from RT Book Reviews.

Mark is a full-time author after a career as an instructional systems designer at a Fortune 16 company. Prior to his work in computer-based training, he held jobs ranging from gravedigger to FM radio announcer to professional rock guitarist.

Mark presents writing workshops and taught his “Planning Your Novel” course at the Spruill Center for the Arts.He earned a Masters degree in computer-based education and a Bachelor of Music cum laude.

You can visit Mark All’s website at www.MarkAllAuthor.com.

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6 responses to “"Why We Love Witches" Guest Post by The Spellcaster’s Grimoire Author Mark All

  1. I agree! I find witches very intriguing. This sounds like an interesting book.

    I’m finally reading a witch book for your reading challenge, Melissa! We’re reading The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe for TuesBookTalk. Really enjoying it!

  2. This is a FANTASTIC post! I’ve always loved witches ever since I was little. Okay, really, I wanted to be one. You are right, they are scary yet at the same time tantalizing. Ingriguing, mysterious and powerful. I will definitely put The Spellcasters Grimoire on my TBR shelf.

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