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Temptresses: The Virago Book of Evil Women

Shahrukh Husain

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

* A fabulous anthology of stories about the women that history has branded and celebrated as temptresses and evil, from Lilith to Morgan le Fay

Evil Women. Every culture has them. Religions have banned and branded them. Men find them terrifying and fascinating. Women secretly admire them. An eye cast over the impressive if frightening array of characters reveals baby-thief Lamia, a fertile deity from Greek mythology with a serpent's tail who seduced mortals and bred beautiful monster-children; Morgan le Fay, fairy sister to King Arthur, who according to Celtic legend tried to wrest the throne from him using her black magic powers; Medea who wreaked terrible revenge on Jason when he left her for a younger woman; Lilith, Eve, the Queen of Sheba, Delilah, Jezebel, Kali - all wicked women whose names have been with us for centuries as demons and sirens and troublemakers.

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Shahrukh Husain

Shahrukh Husain, born and brought up in Pakistan, has studied myth and folklore from around the world for many years. She is the editor of The Virago Book of Witches, author of several children's books and a play for children, and has worked on film scripts for Merchant Ivory and Disney, A practising psychotherapist, she is married with two children and lives in London.

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