The Witches of World War II

Paul Cornell, Valeria Burzo. TKO Studios. (160p) ISBN 9781952203183

The Witches of World War II

The Witches of World War II

Another of the first batch of approved books from NetGalley.

This graphic novel is written by the dark pen of Paul Cornell and wonderfully illustrated by Valeria Burzo, and takes us on a fanciful journey of a group of occultists recruited to play on the fact that Nazi High Command believes “in all this occult rubbish”

The story is loosely based on the true story of the New Forest Coven and Operation Cone of Power, and includes a ragtag group of occultists including Aleister Crowley, Doreen Valiente, and others in their bid to capture Rudolph Hesse a proponent of the Thule Society.

The story cracks along at a great pace weaving fact and fiction into a wondrous whole, with the illustrations supporting the mystical and prosaic but with a style that reminds me of some of the work in Hellboy comics by Mike Mignola whilst standing as their own.

Paul Cornell’s storytelling comes to the fore making it a believable tale full of tension and build the characters well considering the short time he has to do so, I especially enjoyed the Crowley that inhabits these pages.

A great graphic novel well worth picking up.


If you want to help and support this blog you could become a Patreon which would help pay for my hosting, domain names, streaming services, and the occasional bag of popcorn to eat while watching films.

If you can’t support with a monthly subscription a tip at my Ko-Fi is always appreciated, as is buying things from my Ko-Fi Shop.

You can always email me on contact@bigbeardedbookseller.com with any suggestions.

The October Witches

Jennifer Claessen. UCLan Publishing. (352p) ISBN 9781912979905

The October Witches

The October Witches

I’ve finally got around to using NetGalley properly and what a first book to set off with.

From the magnificent cover all the way to the last words this is a brilliant magical adventure full of heart, family, and friendship.

This is the tale of the Merlyns and Morgans, the descendants of the first two witches, Merlyn (a woman not a man) and Morgan, who fought each other for power and in the end limited witches power to the month of October.

Clem is the main protagonist of the story who has just come into her power this October and becomes the fifth point of a star and the key to a plan her mum and aunts have been planning to make the magic last all year round, but the dastardly Morgans interrupt this plan and try to enact their own plan to have magic all year round and to control the world.

Full of excellent characters from Bobby the pony to the bumbling but mysterious postman, full of Aunts and young hags, I raced through this story never wanting it to end but desperate to find out what happens, and it seems to have been set up for a sequel, hopefully next October


If you want to help and support this blog you could become a Patreon which would help pay for my hosting, domain names, streaming services, and the occasional bag of popcorn to eat while watching films.

If you can’t support with a monthly subscription a tip at my Ko-Fi is always appreciated, as is buying things from my Ko-Fi Shop.

You can always email me on contact@bigbeardedbookseller.com with any suggestions.

The Bewitching of Aveline Jones

Phil Hicks, Keith Robinson. Usborne Publishing, (256p) ISBN 9781474972154

The Bewitching of Aveline Jones

The Bewitching of Aveline Jones

I absolutely loved The Haunting of Aveline Jones and had to get this as soon as I’d finished that, and I had read this pretty much straight away, and then forgot to write my review…

The hardship was that I had to suffer reading it once more to remind me of what went on, oh the hardship.

In this adventure Aveline is thrilled find herself in a cottage that’s right beside a stone circle, absolutely right up her street. As Aveline explores she meets another young girl who she starts to see more and more of, but who feels strange but so familiar as well.

But nothing is at it seems.

Harold, Mr Lieberman, and Aunt Lilian join them in their holiday cottage, and with Harold’s help and the books he brought from the bookshop they start to unravel the mystery, though this isn’t without its trials and tribulations.

Will they get to the truth in time? I had a great time finding out!

Quirky vicars, strange bottles, standing stones, and secrets from the past entwine in another wonderful story from Phil Hickes beautifully illustrated once more by Keith Robinson.


If you want to help and support this blog and you could become a Patreon which would help pay for my hosting, domain names, streaming services, and the occasional bag of popcorn to eat while watching films.

If you can’t support with a monthly subscription a tip at my Ko-Fi is always appreciated, as is buying things from my Ko-Fi Shop.

You can always email me on contact@bigbeardedbookseller.com with any suggestions.

The Price Guide to the Occult

Leslye Walton. Walker Books. (288p) ISBN 9781406373509

The Price Guide to the Occult

The Price Guide to the Occult

I am just so shallow that it was the cover that sold The Price Guide to the Occult to me.

But it was worth it, The Price Guide to the Occult tells the story of Rona Blackburn and her descendants who live on Anathema Island. There is a family curse on the island and the witches that have descended from Rona, which sets limits on powers an individual can have.

Nor is unusual, to find out how read the book ;), but once the book ‘The Price Guide to the Occult’ is published she also finds out how different her own mother is.

Magic comes with a price, not just money and some don’t know that they are the ones that are going to pay it.

The tension develops throughout the book, building up to a great ending. Another world I’m really hoping will be developed further.

Keep an eye out for this on 6th September 2018, a great addition to the witchy genre.


If you want to help and support this blog you could become a Patreon which would help pay for my hosting, domain names, streaming services, and the occasional bag of popcorn to eat while watching films.

If you can’t support with a monthly subscription a tip at my Ko-Fi is always appreciated, as is buying things from my Ko-Fi Shop.

You can always email me on contact@bigbeardedbookseller.com with any suggestions.