Witch Week 2016 is coming!

Posted September 6, 2016 by Lory in announcements, events / 30 Comments

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I know it’s only the beginning of September, but I can’t wait to tell everybody about what’s in store for the third annual Witch Week, which will take place from October 31 to November 6. It’s a chance to celebrate our favorite fantasy books and authors, and I have so much fun each year putting it together.

This year, to tie in with my year-long Reading New England challenge, I chose the theme “Made in America” to focus on fantasy works based in the USA. There will be an interview with New Hampshire author Kat Howard, a top ten list, thoughts about the Oz books, a consideration of Neil Gaiman’s iconic American Gods, a giveaway, and more!

SomethingWickedReaders are especially invited to join in the readalong of Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury. I’ve never read this spooky classic set in a midwestern town, so I’m excited to jump into it in company with others. Get your copy ready and watch for the discussion post on November 5.

Bloggers are also invited to plan their own posts to share on the linkup during the week. (Books do not need to be about witches. Anything vaguely fantasy-related is welcome.)

Finally, I’d like to thank the fabulous bloggers who have agreed to help me with this year’s celebration:


I’m so looking forward to their contributions, and to yours. Please join us.

Linked in Readers Imbibing Peril XI, an event that celebrates mystery, suspense, horror and dark fantasy — overlapping participation is welcome!

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30 responses to “Witch Week 2016 is coming!

  1. This sounds great – I’m looking forward to it! I haven’t read Something Wicked This Way Comes so I’ll think about joining in with the readalong.

  2. I’m excited about this year’s highlights, and delighted to be involved in the Bradbury readalong. And I’d like to give a shout-out to your Witch Weeks’ logos, particularly this year’s which captures both an autumnal feel with that late golden sunset and a sense of space for things to happen in.

    • I’m so glad you find it works for you – I felt it suggested the yellow brick road without being too literal, and I also love the magical sky. Things will be happening soon, indeed!

  3. I haven’t read Something Wicked This Way Comes either and I’m definitely interested in the readalong. Also, Stacy Schiff has an event at a CT bookstore on 9/21 for the paperback release of The Witches: Salem, 1692. It’s nonfiction, but I plan on giving that a go.

  4. Count me as yet another reader who hasn’t read Something Wicked This Way Comes yet! I will see if I am able to get a copy from the library so I can participate.

    I think I would also like to pick up Carmilla by Sheridan le Fanu, a Victorian novel about vampires that predates Stoker’s Dracula.

  5. I’ll definitely reread the Bradbury with you. I should buy myself a copy anyway! And I’m very excited to be a featured guest, although I’m quite intimidated by the company now. 😉

  6. Thanks for hosting this event. I am enjoying the early stages of the discussion. I am also in the midst of the book which I am also enjoying. In my opinion you made a great choice in Something Wicked this way Comes.

    By starting early I am already feeling the atmosphere of the season.

  7. Now Witch Week IS a fantastic event in every sense of the word, and I am so glad that you are running it again!

    If there’s anyone who’ll fail or forget to join in a challenge, it’s me – still I must say I am very tempted and I have several potential candidates eyeing me from the bookcases…

    • If there are candidates already on your bookcase, that’s the best. You can feel all virtuous about crossing something off your TBR.

  8. I have been meaning to read Something Wicked This Way Comes for a long time, after loving Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine as a kid. I am not usually a big fantasy reader, but I’m trying to branch out, so I may just join in.

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