Wax & Wane: Spinster Eskie
Deb (Spinster) Eskie is a resident of Massachusetts and has an M.Ed in creative arts education. With a background in women’s studies, her focus as a writer is to expose the woman’s experience through unsettling tales that highlight the dilemma of sexual repression and oppression. By combining the genres of feminist and horror/science-fiction she aims to not only disturb readers, but deliver a message that is informative and thought provoking.
In 2005 Eskie‘s play, Tell Me About Love, was featured in the Provincetown Playwright Festival. She has been featured in various online magazines such as Deadman’s Tome, Bad Moon Rising, and 69 Flavors of Paranoia. Eskie has a number of short stories published by Pill Hill Press, Post-Mortem Press, Scary Tales Publications, and Cruentus Libri Press, among others.
Wax & Wane: Little Red Witch
What is your story about?
“Little Red Witch” is a darker, more mystical version of the “Little Red Riding Hood” tale. It is a coming of age concept that examines the stigma against developing womanhood and sexuality.
The myth of the witch developed from the fear of powerful women who defy social norms. Today, Wicca is a spiritual religion that embraces nature and old world rituals. Witches are healers, philosophers, Mystics, and rebels against conformity.
Who is your favorite fictional or legendary witch, and why? I always loved the Grand High Witch from Roald Dahl’s novel, The Witches. Anjelica Huston gave an unforgettable performance. While this character may have been stereotypically evil, she exuded a fierce confidence and intense force that was alluring and captivating. She was sophisticated, cunning, and also beautifully terrifying.
I am a witch. A good witch that’s just evil enough. A grey witch, if you will. It’s important to be in touch with both sides of yourself.
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Wax & Wane: A Gathering of Witch Tales
Whether wicked or whimsical, few folkloric figures are as iconic as the witch. Wax & Wane: A Gathering of Witch Tales serves up 30 spellbinding stories of witches that are enchanting and terrifying, amusing and enticing. Classic or eclectic, fantastical or historical, these witch tales are a literary incantation to delight any fans of witches and witchcraft.