Dawn Wind in the Hawthorne

The Witch’s Headstone  by Neil Gaiman  (2008)

Tuesday’s Tale  of  Ghost Fantasy,  June 16, 2020


Who doesn’t remember the green-tinted witch in the film The Wizard of Oz? Deep inside our psyches, we are all ten years old when it comes to witches. And maybe deep inside you, there’s a little bit of a witch stirring around. Have you buried her? Author Neil Gaiman writes a story about not just ghosts in a graveyard, but a buried witch. I urge you to dig up your witch’s psyche and read what Gaiman has to tell us about traveling into the world of the dead.

A boy named Bod.  A witch. A graveyard. And of course, ghosts.  Bod is a charming young fellow who visits a graveyard and is fascinated by the residing ghosts. He meets the witch from Potter’s Field, and his adventures with an ancient Indigo man and the frightening Sleer create even higher dangers in the real world. An exciting little story that is entertaining for adults as well as for a YA audience (55% of YA readers are adults who love coming of age stories).  I felt like I was brought back to my own childhood with Bod exploring a graveyard and finding a mission to please the dead. As modern fairy tales go, this one is a charmer.

(Witch’s Headstone, illustration)


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The Witch’s Headstone was published as a short story in the Gaiman anthology M Is for Magic and in Wizards: Magical Tales from the Masters of Modern Fantasy. This story is an excerpt from Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book. If you enjoyed Bod’s adventures, you’ll likely want to read The Graveyard Book.


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4 responses to “Dawn Wind in the Hawthorne

  1. I’m intrigued by Gaiman’s story. I didn’t have a graveyard nearby where I was growing up. My witch resided in the shadows of my closet. And I had a vampire under the bed, but didn’t every kid?:-)

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    • I like your comment Priscilla. My witch was under my bed and her hand, all wrinkled and crabbed, would reach up to me from between the mattress and the wall. I was sure she would grab me and pull me under with her.


  2. Yes, spooky thrills, I love them too.


  3. Cynthia Wetzler

    My regular dose of SPOOKY from Paula! You keep me in terrified thrills. I love it.

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