Misty Short Stories III: Witches

3: Revenge from Beyond the Stake

The alleged witch is burned to ashes. We don’t know if she is someone who is misunderstood and persecuted, has genuine powers, or really is the Devil’s handmaiden. But she strikes back with a curse, which, centuries later, strikes at the protagonist. What can the consequences be?

Night of the Dead

Misty: #94

Artist: Blas Gallego

Jilly goes to stay with her gran in the village of Barford. She finds out that every five years the village has to sacrifice one of their children “for the dead” in order to ward off a witch’s curse, which was laid in revenge for her burning. Jilly is the latest to be sacrificed. Jilly tries to run but the dead rise as zombies – including the witch herself. The zombies have Jilly surrounded. Gran rescues her and takes her to the spot where the witch was burned. The zombies can’t touch her there. Deprived of their sacrifice, they retaliate by destroying the village. This ends the curse, but also the village – and gran.

Thoughts

Now those are really cool zombies!

The Curse of Gantreth House

Misty: #25

Artist: John Armstrong

Sara is a maid in 1913 in Gantreth House. She shelters a raven out of kindness. Mrs Pitt the housekeeper says this has set an ancient curse, laid in retaliation for a witch burning, in motion. Soon after, the components of the curse are progressively fulfilled, and the Gantreth family and their home end up totally destroyed. Mrs Pritt, who was extremely superstitious about the curse, tells everyone that Sara has the evil eye and they all shun her.

Thoughts

A heartbreaking story of how a girl ends up shunned, and branded for all intentions and purposes a witch through no fault of her own, all because of that superstitious old bag. This may also be the case with the witch who laid the curse because the Gantreths burned her. Of course Sara has no evil eye, she’s just an ordinary girl who got caught up in a series of unfortunate events. All she did was perform a little act of kindness, which should have been rewarded in some way instead of bringing down a curse.

2 thoughts on “Misty Short Stories III: Witches

  1. Nice list. For the bullying theme, there was also the story, where a girl invites class mates to her birthday, then all that bully her disappear as she blows out each candle. One candle is left and she gives that to the girl who was nice to her. Can’t remember is witch term was used, but clearly she had some powers!

    1. I omitted that story, “Happy Birthday, Spooky Sue!”, from the discussion. I’ve added a note explaining why.

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