Tonight: COVEN Chat (“The Axeman Cometh”) at 9 pm EST (Stevie Nicks night)

Lilith Dorsey and I (she of Patheos’ VOODOO UNIVERSE) will be chatting once again this evening about AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN. Do join us! We’re changing the time tonight, starting at 9 pm EST, going until about 9:30 pm. Next week we should be back to 8 pm again. In honor of the recent announcement [Read More…]

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Drop Everything But Your Pants! STEVIE NICKS is coming to AHS: COVEN

Jezebel posted the news today, grabbed from Ryan Murphy’s Twitterfeed: The grande dame of music, diaphanous clothing, high heeled boots and witchery, Ms. Stevie Nicks, will be making a guest appearance on AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN. Words cannot express our excitement here at The Witching Hour! We’ve been playing “Rhiannon” on repeat ever since we [Read More…]

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American Horror Story COVEN, live chat, Hallowe’en edition~! (with costumes)

This week’s episode, “Fearful Pranks Ensue,” was one of the liveliest yet, (and also takes place at Hallowe’en!) and we’re left with many unsolved mysteries. [Read more…]

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Witch Cinema: My favorite scary movies

I’ve always loved horror films, and these are scary in more ways than one! (Over a decade of Satanic Panic can be traced directly to ROSEMARY’S BABY. Think about it!) [Read more…]

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Live Chat on AHS COVEN “The Replacements”

Topics for this week’s chat include voodoo fertility rituals, alligators, incest, bestiality, over-sexualization, and of course, chicken. [Read more…]

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Oh, look! Witches are media darlings. AGAIN. (SIGH)

Remember the late 1990s? THE CRAFT? Then CHARMED? Then BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER? Then THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT? Then all the witchcraft stuff appearing in episodes of shows like THE X-FILES, MILLENNIUM, etc.? To quote one of the creepier moments of TWIN PEAKS: “It is happening again. It is happening right now.” [Read more…]

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This just in: CHARMED retread coming to CBS

Well, I guess television has found witches to be hot properties once again (in case you haven’t heard about the wild popularity of AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN) these last three weeks. Variety reports that CHARMED will get a reboot from CBS. It will be a “reimagining” which means there may be changes in the story. [Read More…]

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Samhain, Hallowe’en…are both worth celebrating?

Despite wanting to observe Samhain as a solemn festival that remembers our dearly departed and our ancestors, many contemporary pagans and witches also enjoy celebrating Hallowe’en. And since the trappings of Hallowe’en are so evocative of death and the occult, there may be some uneasy feelings about how to bridge the differences or separate the two events. [Read more…]

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American Horror Story: COVEN Reinvents the Witch Archetype

I know, as a media critic and practicing witch and activist, that I am supposed to be overtly critical of media portrayals that trumpet the “evil witch” stereotype, but honestly, isn’t the over-the-top witch narrative something many of us were raised on and that we secretly love, crave, even? [Read more…]

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