Five Fantasy Shows You May Not Remember

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It’s no secret that a love of mythology and fantasy was ingrained in me from a young age.

 

My father loved dragons and Magic the Gathering and told me stories about a girl who lived in the forest and could talk to animals. My mother loved African mythology, specifically Egyptian. She was also a painter and so images of Pharaohs and a bust of Nefertiti set the atmosphere. She also loved to read about vampires and witches and werewolves. When I was finally allowed to channel surf, I discovered fantastical shows that continued to feed my love of the genre. 

 

Fantasy and sci-fi are ubiquitous now, but it wasn’t always this way. There are some shows that were so good but aired too early to reach the right audiences. Or they did, but have been forgotten by time. Here are five fantasy shows you may not remember. 

 

Blood Ties

This short-lived show featured a vampire/PI/detective love triangle and I was here for all of it. Blood Ties follows Vicky, a former detective turned PI who teams up with a sexy vampire, Henry, to solve supernatural cases for her clients. Occasionally, she’ll enlist the help of her former partner and lover, Mike, who is still on the force. Vicky is torn between them – Henry is powerful, cultured, and immortal. Mike is loyal, clever, and familiar. As the show goes on and the cases get weirder, you root for the three of them to succeed. 

 

Moonlight

Another PI + vampire tale is Moonlight. The show follows Mick, a vampire and PI, who solves cases in Los Angeles. He falls in love with a reporter named Beth, as they begin to investigate a case together. Beth introduces him to her friend Morgan, and Mick gags when he realizes that it’s his estranged wife and sire, Coraline. Things only get more interesting from there. This is another short lived but bingeable show. 

 

Dead Like Me 

This show gave us grim reapers who are less like the reapers in Supernatural and more like the characters of The Office. It follows 18-year-old Georgia who, after dying, is informed that she’s in charge of removing the souls of people after they die from accidents. We get to know her and the rest of the reapers in the External Influence Division as they go about their reaper jobs and day jobs. 

 

Sabrina the Teenage Witch

Before Kiernan Shipka took on Sabrina in a dark retelling, there was the quirky Melissa Joan Hart, who played the teenage witch with all the pluck and angst of a 90s teen. Sabrina the Teenage Witch follows Sabrina Spellman after she discovers her powers when he turns 16. She lives with her two 600-year old aunts, Hilda and Zelda, and their magical talking cat, Salem. Sabrina struggles to master her powers and get through high school in one piece. This was a staple in my house especially because it was part of the TGIF lineup on ABC. 

 

Being Human

There are two versions of this show, but like most things, the original is better. It follows three roommates – a vampire, a werewolf, and a ghost as they live together and try to make sense of their lives in modern-day Bristol. A big part of the first season is them dealing with their central conflicts – John is trying desperately not to feed, George struggles to maintain his transformations, and Annie tries to find out how she died. I loved the relationship between these characters and how they are truly a found family. 

 

What are your favorite fantasy shows? Let me know!

Book Two Update

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I’m officially a published author. It’s something I’ve wanted to say my whole life. Now that it’s true, you better believe I am flexin’. To Astera, With Love is the first book in a three-part series that follows 21-year-old witch Mercury Amell. He navigates a world where, due to an ages-old feud between vampires and witches, his people face mass discrimination. Laws passed by the world’s first (known) vampire president force witches to out themselves and ensure their continued discrimination. 

Book Two

The story continues with Mercury and his friends’ — Ellis, Joelle, Griffin, and Sloane — as they deal with the aftermath of the events in book one. Though I don’t want to give too many spoilers in case you haven’t read the book (and really, what are you waiting for?) I can say this about book two: 

It is even witchier, more queer, and unapologetically Black than Astera. You’ll get to know more about not just Mercury and the gang, but also his family and other people both good and bad in the world Mercury lives in. 

I can also say that I am thoroughly enjoying writing this book just as much as the last one. Though it’s still early stages, I’m about 20k in, I look forward to sitting down and writing each day. For non-writers, it feels like the early stages of having a crush on someone. 

Book Title 

I’m not usually good at coming up with titles so when the title for To Astera, With Love and it just fit. The nerves returned when I started outlining book two, thinking that my luck was only a one-time thing. Seriously, I’ve written entire stories and novels without being able to think of a title and in the end just named the content after the main character.

Anyway, I’m really excited about this title. It gives a hint of what you can expect when you read it, and more insight into the world building and events of the novel. So, here it is: 

To Ilaris, In Desperation

Much like the Astera, “Ilaris” is another event of significance to the witches in this universe. And unlike book one, the characters will be tested far more than before. If you want updates and special sneak peaks of Ilaris, sign up for my newsletter today!

The Pendle Witch Trial

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Jennet Device was just nine-years-old when she took the witness stand and accused her mother, grandmother, and ten other people of witchcraft, sending them to their deaths


A time of change and superstition

The year was 1612 and it was a time of change in England. King James reigned over England, Ireland, and Scotland. He was a Protestant, though his wife was a Catholic. He was also a scholar, having written several books, most notably Daemonologie in 1597. The book addresses witches and other supernatural beings including werewolves and vampires. Like the Malleus Maleficarum before it, Daemonologie was written by people who legitimately thought that witches and other supernatural beings walk among us and wish us harm. 


A group of cunning women

This was the environment that Jennet, the youngest child in the Device family, grew up in. She lived with her mother Elizabeth, her grandmother, Demdike, and her siblings, Alizon and James in a small home near Pendle Hill in Lancashire. They were poor, each of the Device children spending their time as beggars while Demdike was what was known as a “cunning woman.” At this time, a cunning woman was somewhat of a Jane of all trades – she served as counselor, doctor, and healer. Despite this, the Devices and other residents of Lancashire were considered “trouble-makers and subversives.” 


An unfortunate curse

The fate of the Devices turned one day in March 1612. While walking along a road and begging passersby, Alizon asked a pedlar for money. When he walked passed her she cursed him, and the man immediately fell to the ground. Now, modern medicine points to the pedlar having had a stroke, but in the 17th century, there could have been no other explanation than witchcraft. The pedlar’s son reported Alizon to Roger Nowell, the local magistrate. He interviewed her and Alizon confessed to the deed, but not before she named-dropped her neighbors, Anne “Chattox” Whittle and her daughter Anne Redferne. The women had a feud with the Devices, so Chattox and her daughter pointed the finger right back at them, especially Demdike. 

It didn’t help that those who lived near Pendle hill were poor and considered trouble-makers. It especially didn’t help that Elizabeth hosted a party on Good Friday, at a time where everyone should have been in church. The magistrate heard of this and arrested all those present, including Alice Nutter, the daughter of a respected land-owner.

A child used as a pawn

With the guidance of the Malleus Maleficarum and King James’ Daemonologie, those looking to persecute witches had all the supplemental material they needed. For the magistrate, there was one passage that seemingly justified his decision to leverage Jennett as a witness: “Children, women and liars can be witnesses over high treason against God.” 

When Elizabeth saw her nine-year-old daughter enter the courtroom, she screamed for her removal. Jennett did the same for her mother but shortly after accused her of being a witch.

“My mother is a witch and that I know to be true. I have seen her spirit in the likeness of a brown dog, which she called Ball. The dog did ask what she would have him do and she answered that she would have him help her to kill. At 12 noon about 20 people came to our house – my mother told me they were all witches.”

She pointed to several others in addition to her mother and her brother James. Two days later, the entire group was found guilty, and the next day they were hung at Gallows Hill. 

The aftermath

The case of Jennett Device and her family became a use-case for how to use children as witnesses in a trial, particularly where there are witches involved. Before Jennett took the stand, children under the age of 14 were not allowed to be witnesses or take the stand in a court case. After her testimony, the rules changed to where the deciding factor of whether or not to feature a child as a witness is whether they could understand the questions being asked of them. 

Unfortunately, Jennett Device shared nearly the same fate as her family. In 1633, a 10-year-old boy named Edmund Robinson accused her of witchcraft, along with 16 others. Though they were found guilty, England was under the rule of a new king, one who was a lot more skeptical of witchcraft. The boy admitted that he had lied and that it was the very tales of the Pendle witch case that he drew from. She was acquitted, but at that time prisoners had to pay for their time in jail. It is likely that Jennett Device, though an innocent woman, languished in prison for years if not for the rest of her days. 

The last known record of her was in 1636.