As with Angela Carter's Book of Fairy Tales, The Virago Book of Witches will become a perennial favourite. Witches are once again in the ascendancy! Reissued with a new introduction by the editor
A collection of more than fifty stories about witches from around the world. There are tales of banshees, crones and beauties in disguise from China, Siberia, the Caribbean, Armenia, Portugal and Australia. The characters featured include Italy's Witch Bea-Witch, Lilith, Kali, and Twitti Glyn Hec. Alluring women, enchantresses, wise old ladies and bewitching women: they are all here and ready to haunt, entice, possess, transform, challenge - and sometimes even to help.
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.