A Little Witch in All of Us: Witchy Reads for Spooky Season

Double, double toil and trouble! Here's our list for some magical and spooky October reads.

There’s a little witch in all of us… celebrate your inner spell caster with a fun witchy fiction title this October! Or if you’re more of a history buff, read up on the real life tragedy of the Salem Witch Trials. Maybe you’re a dabbler in witchcraft, yourself. Check out a title on modern day Wicca! This list has something to enchant every reader.

Digital book (DB, DBC, DBF, DBG), braille (BR), and large print (LT) copies of these titles are available from the Perkins Library or the Worcester Talking Book Library. Please contact the library to order any of these books.

Prepared by Chelsea Wood
Senior Reader Advisor
Perkins Library

Blair Witch

Starring James Allen McCune, Callie Hernandez, and Brandon Scott

DVD 1454

A group of college students venture into the Black Hills Forest in Maryland to uncover the mysteries surrounding the disappearance of their friend’s sister, who many believe is connected to the legend of the Blair Witch. At first the group is hopeful, but as the endless night wears on, the group is visited by a menacing presence. Slowly, they begin to realize the legend is all too real. Rated R for strong language and violence. 89 Min. 2016.


by Madeline Miller

DB 90711, BR 22648, LT 24623, Available as BARD Download

Circe grows up in the court of her father, the sun god Helios. Despised by her parents and others, she falls in love with a mortal who shuns her. When she takes revenge, she is banished. Those who wish her and others harm are transformed into pigs. 2018.

Download Circe, DB 90711

Download Braille, Circe, BR 22648

The Crucible: A Play in Four Acts

by Arthur Miller

DB 32974, BR 9499, Available as BARD Download

A drama based on the Salem, Massachusetts, witchcraft trials of 1692. The play deals with the consequences of fear, insecurity, the power of suggestion, and the hounding to death of a nonconformist. 1954.

Download The Crucible, DB 32974

Download Braille, The Crucible, BR 9499

A Discovery of Witches

by Deborah Harkness

DB 72629, available as BARD Download

After scholar and witch Diana Bishop requests an alchemical manuscript from the depths of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, she finds the magical power within the leather cover disturbing and hastily sends it back. But the book’s reemergence causes a chain reaction through the paranormal community. Descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2011.

Download A Discovery of Witches, DB 72629

Equal Rites: A Discworld Novel

by Terry Pratchett

DB 52704, BR 20841, Available as BARD Download

Wizard Drum Billet is dying–in about six minutes–and wants to pass on his powers to the eighth son of an eighth son who is just being born. The wizard’s staff is placed in the child’s hand immediately after birth. But, the child is a girl! For senior high and older readers. 1987.

Download Equal Rites, DB 52704

Download Braille, Equal Rites, BR 20841

The Girl Who Drank the Moon

by Kelly Regan Barnhill

DB 85739, BR 21836, LT 22385, Available as BARD Download

Every year a community leaves a baby as an offering to a powerful yet misunderstood witch named Xan. One infant–now a young girl–is being raised by the witch and must unlock the powerful magic buried deep inside her. For grades 4-7. 2016.

Download The Girl Who Drank the Moon, DB 85739

Download Braille, The Girl Who Drank the Moon, BR 21836

Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

DB 37043, BR 21217, LT 25601, Available as BARD Download

Armageddon is scheduled for next Saturday! But demon Crowley and angel Aziraphale aren’t excited. To prevent Armageddon, they must kill the Antichrist, who is living on Earth as a young child. Three children were switched at birth, however, and no one knows which one is the Antichrist. 1990.

Download Good Omens, DB 37043

Download Braille, Good Omens, BR 21217

The Heretic’s Daughter

by Kathleen Kent

DB 68114, Available as BARD Download

Colonial Massachusetts, 1690s. Ten-year-old Sarah Carrier and her family contend with Indian raids, cold weather, poor land, and smallpox. Disputes with neighbors bring witchcraft charges against Sarah and her brother, father, and mother Martha. Taken to trial in Salem, Martha urges Sarah to save herself by confessing. Violence. 2008.

Download The Heretic’s Daughter, DB 68114

I, Tituba: Black Witch of Salem

by Maryse Condé

DB 37420, Available as BARD Download

Tituba is born in Barbados to a sixteen-year-old who was raped on a slave ship. When her mother is hanged for fending off another sexual assault, Tituba is raised by an old woman who teaches her healing and communing with spirits. Against the advice of these spirits, Tituba gives up her freedom after falling in love with enslaved John Indian. They are shipped to Salem where Tituba’s powers make her suspect. Violence and explicit descriptions of sex. 1986.

Download I, Tituba, DB 37420

Into the Woods

Starring Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Tracey Ullman, Christine Baranski, Johnny Depp

DVD 1261

A modern twist on several of the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel, all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them. Rated PG. Based on the musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine. 125 Min. 2014.

Practical Magic

by Alice Hoffman

DB 40461, Available as BARD Download

Sally and Gillian Owens are raised by their unusual aunts and cruelly teased by the other children. The older Owens sisters cast spells at twilight for women having problems with love. Gillian leaves home as soon as possible, breaking hearts along the way. Sensible Sally stays, marries, and has two daughters, until tragedy sends her packing, too. Now an event has gathered the Owens women together again. Strong language and descriptions of sex. 1995.

Download Practical Magic, DB 40461

The Ruin of All Witches

by Malcolm Gaskill

DB 112044, Available as BARD Download

In Springfield, Massachusetts in 1651, peculiar things begin to happen. Precious food spoils, livestock ails, property vanishes, and people suffer convulsions as if possessed by demons. A woman is seen wading through the swamp like a lost soul. Disturbing dreams and visions proliferate. Children sicken and die. As tensions rise, rumours spread of witches and heretics and the community becomes tangled in a web of distrust, resentment and denunciation. The finger of suspicion soon falls on a young couple with two small children: the prickly brickmaker, Hugh Parsons, and his troubled wife, Mary. 2021.

Download Ruin of All Witches, DB 112044

Strega Nona: An Old Tale

by Tomie DePaolo

DB 44296, BR 17034, Available as BARD Download

In the town of Calabria, a long time ago, there lived an old lady known as Strega Nona, who owned a magic pot. One day, when Strega Nona went visiting, her helper, Big Anthony, almost destroyed the village by disobeying Strega Nona’s warning not to touch the pot. For grades K-3. 1975.

Download Strega Nona, DB 44296

Toil and Trouble: 15 Tales of Women and Witchcraft

by Tess Sharpe

DB 92465, Available as BARD Download

Compilation of fifteen feminist tales of women embracing their magical powers and witchcraft. In Tehlor Kay Mejia’s “Starsong,” sixteen-year-old Esperanza, a bruja, surprises herself when she connects on social media with a skeptic, a NASA-loving girl. Strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2018.

Download Toil and Trouble, DB 92465

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

by Gregory Maguire

DB 55810, LT 8784, Available as BARD Download

Traces the life of the witch Elphaba from the Wizard of Oz (DB 51047, BR 7872, JL 67, DVD 508), both before and after Dorothy arrives. After attending a university with her roommate Glinda, Elphaba learns that a despotic Wizard is threatening animal rights in Oz. Some explicit descriptions of sex. For senior high and older readers. 1995.

Download Wicked, DB 55810

Witches of America

by Alex Mar

DB 84904, BR 21590, Available as BARD Download

A journalist and documentary filmmaker investigates the world of modern witchcraft. She looks at the roots of Wicca in the 1950s and explores the many modern varieties of pagan practice, attending events such as a pagan conference and the meeting of a Feri coven. Some strong language. 2015.

Download Witches of America, DB 84904

Download Braille, Witches of America, BR 21590

Witches of Eastwick

by John Updike

DB 20906, BR 18429, Available as BARD Download

A witty, audacious novel about three modern-day witches living in Eastwick, Rhode Island, in the 1960s. Divorced and in their thirties, they would eventually like to conjure up new husbands for themselves. But their powers remain largely unfocused until a rich, vulgar, sexy stranger moves to town. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller 1984.

Download Witches of Eastwick, DB 20906

Download Braille, Witches of Eastwick, BR 18429

Witches: Salem, 1692

by Stacy Schiff

DB 83010, Available as BARD Download

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Cleopatra (DB 72130) examines the Salem Witch Trials, which began in 1692 in Massachusetts, ending less than a year later with nineteen men and women hanged. Schiff details how the panic spread during a pivotal moment of American history. 2015.

Download Witches: Salem, 1692, DB 83010

A Year and a Day of Everyday Witchcraft

by Deborah Blake

BR 24424, Available as BARD Download

Features simple yet meaningful ways to integrate witchcraft into your daily life, inspiring you to take your magic to a new level whether you’re a beginner or an experienced practitioner. Deborah Blake guides you on a journey through the Wheel of the Year, providing witchy wisdom, affirmations, spells, questions to ponder, and much more. Explores a variety of modern Pagan practices to help you get more in touch with your personal path of witchcraft, from working with herbs and gemstones to connecting with deities. 2017.

Download Braille, A Year and a Day of Everyday Witchcraft, BR 24424


Releases from the Perkins Library Recording Studio

Read more

Works in Translation: Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Marrakesh Treaty

Read more

Books with Twist Endings

Read more