I’m not sure if it’s excitement for the arrival of Halloween, residual fondness for Kiernan Shipka thanks to her role as Sally Draper on Mad Men, or just a deep and abiding love of television programming meant for teenagers, but I have found myself counting down the days until Netflix releases The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina on October 26th.
A far cry from the cheery comic incarnation of the 60’s and Melissa Joan Hart’s TGIF sitcom from the 90s, the Netflix reboot is dark, supernatural, and…well, chilling. It’s also getting sterling advanced reviews.
While you wait, grimly, for the next eleven days and make theatrical glances at your watch, tide yourself over with one of these tales of witchcraft, all about witches and the people who wronged them.
The Crucible, by Arthur Miller–what happens when an entire community is gripped by hysteria? This Miller classic examines the dark side of human nature amidst the backdrop of Puritanism.
A Discovery of Witches, by Deborah Harkness–a witch and Yale researcher finds an enchanted manuscript that brings a centuries old vampire to her life.
Practical Magic, by Alice Hoffman–forever outsiders, sisters Gillian and Sally are dogged by rumors of being witches and pledge to leave town as soon as they can…but even after they do, they are summoned back as if by magic.
The Witch of Blackbird Pond, by Elizabeth George Speare–feeling out of place in Puritan Connecticut, Kit befriends an old woman and is shocked when they are both accused of being witches.
The Witches of Eastwick, by John Updike–three women gain powers after being left by their husbands and find their coven thrown into disarray with the arrival of a wealthy stranger.
The Witches, by Roald Dahl–a children’s title, yes, but that doesn’t make it any less disturbing. This is the story of a boy who realizes that witches walk among us, disguised as ordinary women, but with a dark mission: to kill all children.