Under My Hat: Tales From the Cauldron (2012) — Anthology
Editor and AuthorsEdit
Editor: Jonathan Strahan (scify-fant)
Contributors: Diana Peterfreund (U), Frances Hardinge (YA, Fantasy, Children), Garth Nix (Scify-Fant, YA), Holly Black (UF, YA), Charles de Lint (UF, Fantasy), Tanith Lee (Scify-Fant, YA, Horror), Neil Gaiman (UF, Fantasy), Ellen Klages (Scify-Fant, Fiction), Ellen Kushner (Scify-Fant), Delia Sherman (Scify-Fant, YA), Patricia A. McKillip (Scify-Fant, YA), Tim Pratt (Scify-Fant, UF), M. Rickert (Fantasy shorts), Isobelle Carmody (Scify-Fant, Fiction), Jane Yolen (YA, Children), Jim Butcher (UF), Peter S. Beagle (Scify-Fant, Fiction), Margo Lanagan (YA, Shorts)
Genre and Sub-GenresEdit
celebrating the might and mystery of the witch
Broomsticks. Black Cats. Pointy Hats.
They can mean only one thing - somewhere nearby, there must be a witch. From fairy tales to fims to fiction, witches cast their spells and capture our imaginations.
Now the biggest names in fantasy and young adult literature have come together to make a little magic of their own. Neil Gaiman, Holly Black, Diana Peterfreund, Margo Lanagan, Peter S. Beagle, and Garth Nix are just a few of the authors who have toiled over their cauldrons and conjured up bewitching new creations inspired by and celebrating the might and mystery of the witch. Assembled by one of the most well-regarded anthologists in the science fiction/fantasy world, this rich, intelligent collection will enchant readers of all ages. ~ Goodreads | Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron by Jonathan Strahan
Witches, Bigfoot, magical dog, cat lady, magical sleep, curses, crow familiar, Finnish folktale come to life
WITCH VARIETIES: Classic witches, Wiccan, wizard, evil wizard, fairy godmother (grandma witch)
List of Stories Edit
|Story Title||Series and Order Number||Author||Supes||Lead(s)|
|"Stray Magic"||none||Diana Peterfreund||magical dog|
|"Payment Due"||none||Frances Hardinge||witches||Caroline|
|"A Handful of Ashes"||none||Garth Nix||witches|
|"Little Gods"||none||Holly Black||Wiccan,||Ellery|
|"Barrio Girls"||none||Charles de Lint||witch||Abuelo|
|"Felidis"||none||Tanith Lee||cat lady||young man|
|"Witch Work"||a poem||Neil Gaiman||about time,||revenge, and hurt|
|"The Education of a Witch"||free||Ellen Klages||magic, witch||Lizzy, Rosemary|
|"The Threefold World"||The World of Riverside series #0.5||Ellen Kushner||Finnish folktale come to life||Elias|
|"The Witch in the Wood"||none||Delia Sherman||evil wizard, witch||prince forced into stag form|
|"Which Witch"||none||Patricia A. McKillip||Witches. crow familiar||Witches band|
|"The Carved Forest"||none||Tim Pratt||witch||Carlos|
|"Burning Castles"||none||M. Rickert|
|"The Stone Witch"||none||Isobelle Carmody||witch|
|"Andersen’s Witch"||none||Jane Yolen||witch|
|"B Is for Bigfoot"||Dresden Files series ##2.5 & Bigfoot Trilogy #3||Jim Butcher||Bigfoot, wizard||Harry, Irwin, River Shoulders|
|"Great-Grandmother in the Cellar"||none||Peter S. Beagle||witch, curses, magical sleep|
|"Crow and Caper, Caper and Crow"||Innkeeper's World series #1.5||Margo Lanagan||fairy godmother (grandma witch)||Pen|
To expand the table, right-press on a row of the table or (Control-press on a Mac)—choose add row.
Synopsis by StoryEdit
"Stray Magic" by Diana Peterfreund's
A seemingly abandoned dog who desperately wants his master back. — a kindly animal shelter worker, and the magical dog that comes into her care.
"Payment Due" by Frances Hardinge
After an uncaring agent repossesses her grandmother's belongings, a young witch decides to take revenge into her own hands. A sense of street justice and a vein of real creepiness runs through this. — Caroline does her best to ensure the bailiff understands how his attitude affects those upon whom he preys. — When an unwelcome intruder takes the things that matter to a girl and her grandmother, something must be done – and it may be a bit… unnatural.
"A Handful of Ashes" by Garth Nix
A tale of a plot to overthrow the administration of a witches' college comes with a message about bullying and sticking up for oneself. — A school bully awakens old magic that should have remained buried, and it’s up to a few intrepid student witches to protect their lives and outwit the other side.
"Little Gods" by Holly Black
about a teenager's search for belonging and the Beltane celebration she and her new friends attend. It's an eye-opening weekend for Ellery. — The story of a young woman who's just joined a Wiccan coven. Although religion may disappoint, there's true magic to be found in friendship.
"Barrio Girls" by Charles de Lint
A couple of bad-ass young women get their revenge on the witch who did them a bad turn. Brings new meaning to the term, 'killing them with kindness.' — The kindness Abuelo requires of them to offset the bruja and gain revenge for Pepé.
"Felidis" by Tanith Lee's
A classic-feeling fairy tale of a young man, out to seek his fortune, who meets an unusual cat lady (in multiple senses) in the woods.
"Witch Work" by Neil Gaiman
A two-page poem about time, revenge, and hurt.
"Education of a Witch" by Ellen Klages
In this exploration of sibling jealousy, a young girl takes Disney's Maleficent as a role model. — It was Lizzy's obsession for Maleficient in Sleeping Beauty that prompts Lizzy along the path of magic. And it's her baby sister Rosemary's arrival and need for attention that encourages its use.
"Threefold World" by Ellen Kushner — The World of Riverside series #0.5
Set back in time in Finland when it was ruled by Sweden. The conflict of oppressor versus oppressed—an ambitious character, Elias, who believes that his own Finnish background is nothing to be proud of. He sets off at the end of the school year to earn the money needed for the next year's tuition and it's a Finnish folktale come to life that changes his mind and his life.
"Witch in the Wood" by Delia Sherman
A fairy tale in the classic style, telling the story of a lonely woman who uses her inherited magic to cure an enchanted prince. — The prince forced into stag form by day, the evil wizard, and the orphaned young witch who rescues the stag.
"Which Witch" — Patricia A. McKillip
Witches who form a band, dress artistically, in an urban setting. – Bandmates may be facing a menace blind if a crow familiar can’t communicate to and protect his chosen witch. Faceoff at show time.
"Carved Forest" by Tim Pratt, aka T.A. Pratt
In search of his rebellious teen sister, a young man discovers a witch who holds a truly creepy secret about his town. — Carlos definitely takes a chance in this one when he takes action to rescue his sister and keep her memory alive.
"Burning Castles" by M. Rickert
A teenager sabotages her free-spirited mother's new relationship. Does she have reason, or is it just jealousy?
"Stone Witch" by Isobelle Carmody
A quest of a test with thrown-in confusions in true fairytale style, albeit with a contemporary twist and a chance for a mutual rescue.
"Andersen's Witch" by Jane Yolen
Why Hans Christian Andersen wrote his fairytales and incorporates its own fairytale elements.
It's Harry Dresden's first meeting with River Shoulders, Irwin's dad, and his first meeting with Irwin where he helps him defuse an escalating situation at school. — About standing up to bullies in school and sticking up for yourself.
"Great-Grandmother in the Cellar" by Peter S. Beagle — Innkeeper's World series #1.5
A tale incorporating fairytale elements with a short peek into a catastrophe that hits a small family and requires intercession from the dead. — A young woman is cast into a magical sleep by her no-good suitor, and her brother must call on his deceased but magical great-grandmother to help remedy the situation." — When a witch curses his sister and threatens to keep her sleep forever, a young man makes the fateful decision to dig up his grandmother’s bones.
"Crow and Caper, Caper and Crow" by Margo Lanagan
A tale incorporating fairytale elements with a grandmother wanting to grant a grandchild wishes. Lanagan includes the age-old "mother-in-law versus wife" conflict. — A fairy godmother (or, more accurately, witchy grandmother) comes to bestow magical gifts upon a newborn child - but finds more than she bargained for. — Even across many miles, Pen knows it’s time for her granddaughter’s birth. The journey changes her, and her granddaughter will alter her even more.
Artist: Michael Wagner (ISFdb)
- Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
- Book data: Hardcover, 424 pages, Pub: Aug 28, 2012, —ISBN: 0375868305
Cover Blurb Edit
External Links Edit
Goodreads: Series & Story Pages:
- Goodreads | Innkeeper's World series #1.5 by Peter S. Beagle
- Bigfoot Trilogy by Jonathan Strahan
- The Dresden Files series #2.5 by Jim Butcher
- The World of Riverside series
- Diana Peterfreund's Website
- Frances Hardinge's Twisted City – official author website
- Enter the Old Kingdom, where only the Abhorsen can keep the living safe from the dead...
- >> The Keys to the Kingdom - official website for Garth Nix's bestselling series
- >> The Abhorsens Seven Bells - Welcome
- Holly Black
- Charles de Lint
- TANITH LEE
- Neil Gaiman's Journal: What are you doing on June the 27th and other vital questions
- Ellen Klages, Author
- Ellen Kushner — www.ellenkushner.com
- Delia Sherman's website
- Patricia McKillip
- Tim Pratt
- M Rickert | American writer of fantasy fiction
- Among Amid While
- (Unofficially) Peter S. Beagle
- Jim Butcher | The Online Site For Everything Jim
- Jane Yolen — Author of children’s books, fantasy, and science fiction
- Isobelle Carmody
Goodreads Author Pages:
- Goodreads | Diana Peterfreund (Author of For Darkness Shows the Stars)
- Goodreads | Frances Hardinge (Author of Fly by Night)
- Goodreads | Garth Nix (Author of Sabriel)Goodreads | Holly Black (Author of Tithe)
- Goodreads | Charles de.Lint (Author of The Blue Girl)
- Goodreads | Tanith Lee (Author of Wolf Tower)
- Goodreads | Neil Gaiman (Author of American Gods)
- Goodreads | Ellen Klages (Author of The Green Glass Sea)
- Goodreads | Ellen Kushner (Author of Swordspoint)
- Goodreads | Delia Sherman (Author of Changeling)
- Goodreads | Patricia A. McKillip (Author of Riddle-Master)
- Goodreads | Tim Pratt (Author of The Strange Adventures of Rangergirl)
- Goodreads | M. Rickert ( of Brave New Worlds)
- Goodreads | Isobelle Carmody (Author of Obernewtyn)
- Goodreads | Jane Yolen (Author of The Devil's Arithmetic)
- Goodreads | Jim Butcher (Author of Storm Front)
- Goodreads | Peter S. Beagle (Author of The Last Unicorn)
- Goodreads | Margo Lanagan (Author of Tender Morsels)