Strigoi, Witches, and Crows
Trickster’s Treats #4: Coming, Buried or Not! is a charity anthology which raises funds for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. The horror anthology is published by Things in the Well and was unleashed on the 26th of September this year.
I co-edited the anthology with the lovely Louise Zedda-Sampson and we were thrilled to compile a table of contents filled with plenty of monsters—some tried and true, some wildly inventive and scary.
In the second of three weekly creature-feature posts, let’s have a look at some of the wicked beasties that fill the pages of the anthology.
Strigoi are evil dead which return from the grave to haunt their relatives. According to Romanian mythology, those who have lived an immoral life can become strigoi. If an animal jumps over your grave, or you were born with a tail or with hair, or as the seventh child, there’s a chance you too, could become one of the undead.
In 2003 in south-west Romania, the body of Petre Toma was exhumed and desecrated on suspicion that he had returned as a strigoi and was feeding on his family members. His heart was cut out, burned, and family members present dissolved the ashes in water and drank. They believed this would protect them against the vampire.
Stories in Trickster’s Treats#4: Coming, Buried of Not! which feature strigoi:
“Digging up the Dead” by Ed Ahern
Early witches were thought to be doing the work of the devil; however, most were healers and “wise women.” Malleus Maleficarum, or the Hammer of Witches, was published in 1486 and became the guidebook for identifying, trying, and executing witches.
One of the most famous prosecutions of witches in history was during the Salem witch trials in 1692.
Stories and poems in Trickster’s Treats#4: Coming, Buried of Not! which feature witches:
“To Leaven His Bones” by Amanda Crum
“The Witch Tree” by Alyson Faye
Crows are often associated with bad omens, but can also be considered divine messengers.
When a crow dies, other crows will gather around the body in an effort to deduce what killed it. The group of crows, called a murder, will then mob predators, chasing them away.
Stories and poems Trickster’s Treats#4: Coming, Buried of Not! which feature crows:
“Burying the Well on the Wings of a Crow” by Herb Kauderer
“The Crows of Las Cruces” by Kurt Newton
“The Raving” by Sheri Vandermolen
Click here to last week’s Trickster’s Treats Creature Feature Part 1 if you’d like to read about zombies, death incarnate and parasitic worms.
Or stay tuned next week for the third and final creature feature post on ghosts, bog bodies, and ghouls.