Witch Craft Magazine is a beautifully designed print magazine & micro-press founded by Catch Business & Elle Nash. Sad Spell Press releases a chapbook series called Spellbooks under Witch Craft Magazine‘s umbrella.
Today, their debut round of Spellbooks went live, including Nostrovia! co-manager Christopher Morgan’s debut chapbook “Shadow Songs”.
I’ve included reviews & tidbits regarding each of the three chapbooks below. This series features alluring cover art by Julia Sanders.
“Shadow Songs” by Christopher Morgan
“Sometimes a person who would turn themselves inside out to take care of those they love must grapple with what they find waiting within. A tense, visceral, phantom limb of a collection — Christopher Morgan’s Shadow Songs is the sound of a home held together despite the nightmares, despite what lurks in the darkest corners of a house. Morgan’s poems are such precious windows into a heart as strong and loyal and endlessly tender as his. They shine on with defiance — Peace, in all the unspoken terror. A child’s bedside lamp brave enough to fight off a looming storm.”
-Jamie J. Mortara, “Some Planet” (YesYes Books)
Order “Shadow Songs”
“The Filaments of Heather” by Heather Goodrich
Heather Goodrich is a woman of detail; she gives excruciating but gentle attention to everything around her, and I, for one, am grateful. When Goodrich says someone is trying to ‘unmake her’, the feeling is familiar, painful and important. The Filaments of Heather feels like someone else’s house, one you’d like to explore.
-Sara Sutterlin, “Baveuse” (Electric Cereal)
Order “The Filaments of Heather”
“Phases” by Danielle Perry
One part intent. Two parts receptiveness. An absinthe-soaked sugarcube. A slice of the moon. Danielle Perry’s magic holds hands with Shirley Jackson’s Merricat and Francesca Lia Block, with stories of girls both powerful and confused. In Phases, ritual is performed to reveal, not to control – but there is undeniable power here. And if you hurry, you can watch it forming.
-Sonya Vatomsky, “Salt Is For Curing” (Sator Press)