Review of “Literary Witches: A Celebration of Magical Women Writers”

I tried to check Literary Witches: A Celebration of Magical Women Writers by Taisia Kiaiskaia and Katy Horan out from the library before purchasing. The only copy available in the greater Birmingham area is listed at the snotty branch of Mountain Brook, and its status is lost. So, I purchased it online and am returning.

It’s a cute attempt at an educational coffee table book. But it’s small. I loved the theme and idea. Then they – the author and artist – did something so insulting to witches that feeds into ugly stereotypes and racial caricatures. Zora Neale Hurston was “initiated” into Vodou by “…boiling a live black cat and passing its bones over her lips…”.

Let’s break this down:

  1. Kiaiskaia and Horan blithely condone animal abuse – torture of a sentient being – in the name of amoral acceptance and “Vodou.” In actuality, animal abuse and torture are a horrid bastardization and racist stereotype of African animism and the religion(s) of the Orishas and Olodumare.
  2. No doubt they and their leftist comrades will cry, “But that’s their culture!” Hear this, social rejects and psychopathic trollops: Cultures do not have rights. Sentient beings have rights. Just because someone is from a non-Caucasian group does not give them the right to maim and murder. No one, no racial group, no religion gets a pass for torture and ritualistic murder.
  3. Psychopaths start with animals, and too often cats are their preferred victims. This inclusion of a sick freak who boiled alive a kitty panders to the sick and false stereotypes of ritual sacrifice that is absolutely no part of witchcraft. This is an insult to witches and the celebrated women writers included in this book.

Cats were persecuted in the Middle Ages along with those accused of witchcraft. To be all for celebrating “magical women writers” Kiaiskaia and Horan don’t seem to mind the torture of the beloved animal most commonly celebrated and condemned along side witches.