Remember the Witches

“The danger that comes from being other is still so real.” These words are part of a comment made by my friend, Sharon, about “A Rattle and a Wee Book on Her Grave”—a bit of fiction I shared with the third pre-Witches in Fiction 2015… Death Rites and Remembrances post. The behavior of one of the characters in the story sets her apart. Because of it, her village attacks her… the consequences are catastrophic.

The history of the world has been forever scarred by similar sorts of tragedies. Some have claimed so many lives that they promise to be a source of pain and shame for as long as humanity has heart and memory. Others—like the Salem Witch Trials—have brutalized a smaller number of souls… But the nature of the senselessness, malice and horror that caused them is like a broken bone… that although healed, will always remind the body of its injury.

pre-Witches in Fiction 2015, fifth giveaway:
Salem Village Cider 17th Century Hard Cider Soap and an East India Trading Co Spiced Orange Lip Balm, by Alchemy & Ashes

Witches in Fiction 2015… Death Rites and Remembrances fifth giveaway is sponsored by Alchemy & Ashes. The talented Shawnee Kircher created a soap inspired by what Salem was before the witchcraft hysteria of the 17th century… This plant based cold process soap is made by hand in small batches using real hard apple cider, pumpkin seed oil, annatto seed for colorant, swirled with nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, and ginger powders, and scented with essential oil of orange, ginger, and Peru balsam. A lucky Wicked Darling will receive one heavy 6.5+ oz bar of soap, and an East India Trading Co Spiced Orange Lip Balm.
Salem Village Cider Soap, by Alchemy & Ashes

Here is how to enter this giveaway: Answer this question: If you could speak to the spirit of a Salem Witch Trial victim, what would you say to her or him? For one extra entry, visit Alchemy & Ashes, and come back to tell me about an item you liked. Wishing for a second extra entry? Share this post on Facebook (tag me and Alchemy & Ashes). You can get a third extra entry, if you add these words at the end of your comment: “Magaly, do throw my name into your witchy cauldron!”

Giveaway Rules, details and stuff…
* I need to be able to contact the winners. If you don’t have a website or social media profile, through which we can interact, then please add your email to your comment. If your name comes up, and I have no way to contact you, I will choose another name.

* You can group all your entries in a single comment—or not… the choice is yours.

* To my Canadians, before you can claim your prize, I must test your mathematical brilliance by asking you a very obscure question, such as… what’s 13 + .5? Yeah, obscure…

* All Witches in Fiction 2015 giveaways will end on October 20th, 2015, at 10:13 pm, EDT. The winners will be chosen using Random.Org, and announced on October 21st, 2015.

* This giveaway is open to the US only, excluding any place where prohibited by law.

This is a pre-party post. Witches in Fiction 2015… Death Rites and Remembrances won’t take place until October 17th; to join the celebration, click the link.

Other Witches in Fiction 2015 pre-posts:
– “Loving You through the Veil
Culture with Real Fictionalized Witches in It
Shaking It and Twisting It until It Says Yes
Not All Witchy Souls Are Religious
– “A Rattle and a Wee Book on Her Grave
– “Love, Death, Memories
* We Have an Obligation to Imagine… and I Do (post NY Comic Con booty giveaway)