Phaedra Michaels is a small town psychologist who is beginning to lose hope. Two of her patients at the local hospital in Dismal, Alabama have just killed themselves, she’s still reeling from her divorce and what turned out to be a disastrous marriage, and her father has died, leaving her without any notion of who her real mother is.
Just as Phaedra decides to commit herself to a serious drinking problem and an eating disorder, or two, a mysterious spell book arrives in the mail. Feeling desperate, Phaedra uses it to cast spells to save her fading patients. Suddenly, good things start happening. Phaedra’s patients begin to get better and she even starts dating the sexy doctor from the hospital.
Phaedra is so happy she doesn’t notice the small things that start to go wrong in Dismal, or the dark creatures slithering out of the shadows near her house. When Phaedra finally realizes her spells have attracted every card-carrying demon from hell, she has no choice but to accept help from a slightly nerdy, 500 year-old warlock with a penchant for wearing super hero T-shirts and a knack for getting under Phaedra’s skin. Now, if only she could get the hang of this witch thing, she might be able to save her town.
The Accidental Witch by Jessica Penot is a cute little supernatural short story about a woman who doesn’t know that she’s a witch until she buys this old haunted mansion along with a couple cemeteries thrown in with the land that is called The Black Magnolia. She finds a spell book in the mansion and one night, out of boredom and some deep lust she conjures a love spell. The next day, she finds tht her love interest is probably too in love with her, but that’s okay; she’ll just go easy next time on the magic.
It isn’t until her friends intervene that she even thinks she might be doing the whole witch thing all wrong ( her friends are witches too btw). But Phaedra doesn’t care because for once in her life she is happy. It isn’t until things get totally out of control that she begins to have doubts, but it’s too late. Can her dark and mysterious spell caster friend help her in time?
The Accidental Witch was a good, quick read full of witch craft and magic. Personally, this short story wasn’t my cup of tea, that doesn’t mean I didn’t like it totally, but it didn’t really capture my attention and hold it like I was hoping it would.
Jessica Penot is a writer and therapist who lives in Alabama with her children, husband, corgis, and other strange creatures. She is the author of Haunted North Alabama, Haunted Chattanooga and Circe.
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