Which Witch is Which? Recent Horror Fiction about Witches

October 9, 2019 | M. Elwood

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It's October and as the air gets more chilly, some of us like to read books that give us chills – in a good way. You can find a lot of different themes in horror fiction. This blog post focuses on recent adult novels about witches.

Daughters of temperance hobbs

The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs by Katherine Howe

Connie Goodwin is the descendant of a long line of witches, including a woman accused of witchcraft during the Salem witch trials. Through her research, Connie learns that there may be a curse on the women in her family that will have a deadly impact on her partner Sam. 

Her kind

Her Kind by Niamh Boyce

In this novel inspired by the 14th century Kilkenny Witch Trial, a woman seeks help from a childhood friend. The friend Alice Kytler offers the woman and her daughter refuge and gives her a new name – Petronella de Meath. Alice is an unconventional woman whose wealth and lack of subservience agitates Bishop Richard de Ledrede. When Alice's fourth husband becomes ill and accuses her of poisoning him, Ledrede suspects Alice and Petronella are dabbling in witchcraft. (Also, this book has such a beautiful cover, why wouldn't you read it?)


The Familiars by Stacey Halls

A young noblewoman named Fleetwood Shuttleworth is frustrated that she has been unable to carry a pregnancy to term and provide her husband with the heir he desires. When she finds herself pregnant again, she turns to Alice Grey, a local woman whose knowledge of healing plants may be the answer. This novel is based on the 1612 Pendle Hill witch trials.


The Possession by Michael Rutger

Nolan Moore and his team investigate unexplained phenomena, urban legends and other mysterious occurrences for their YouTube channel. While in Northern California investigating unexplained stone walls, they come upon the case of a missing teenager who is suspected of being a witch. Although this is the second book in the series, it is not necessary to read the first. Michael Rutger is the pseudonym of suspense writer Michael Marshall, who also writes science fiction under the name Michael Marshall Smith. 

Widow of pale harbor

The Widow of Pale Harbor by Hester Fox

In 1846, grieving widower Gabriel Stone moves to Pale Harbor, Maine where he hopes to move on with his life as the town's minister. The peace he seeks is elusive as a series of sinister events is distressing the community. Fingers point at reclusive local widow Sophronia Carver who is believed to be a witch. 

Witch's kind

The Witch's Kind by Louisa Morgan

After the deaths of her parents Barrie Anne Blythe lived with her aunt Charlotte – a woman with unusual talents. The women are living on a small farmstead in the Pacific Northwest where unusual lights in the sky, an abandoned baby and the unexpected return of Barrie Anne's missing husband complicate their lives.


Want more horror? Check out our list of recent horror fiction.

If you'd like something seasonal without all the horror, try Halloween Cozy Mysteries.