Friday, March 23, 2012

Witches! Do you see any witches?

Me neither. Too foggy. But it was still a thrill to follow in Goethe's footsteps to the top of the Brocken--the highest peak in northern Germany--where Faust sold his soul to the devil.

Witches are represented everywhere around here: on bumper stickers, store signs and key chains. Supposedly, pagans took to the wood in cowls to practice their rites after Christianity became the enforced religion of the land, and northern Germany had a lot of holdouts. Hence, a reputation for witches.

I've brushed up on my Grimm's and have come back inspired and ready to tackle a new tale. I'd like to create something particularly hair-raising, but I don't think children's authors are allowed to go as far as the old storytellers who lived in the shadow of the Harz Mountains. (Read "The Girl With No Hands" if you don't believe me. Eeesh...)


  1. Check your luggage in case your bring back one of "them".
    Witch Security Agency

  2. Checked, and all I found was postcards and chocolate!

    1. hi Kathleen,

      Just wanted to leave a note to tell you how much I'm loving The Aviary! It's so beautifully written and the spookiness is right up my alley. I went to the Harz in 2008 for book research too! (The Brocken was just as foggy the day I went up.) I think we are destined to be friends...

      thanks and all the best,

  3. Wow, Camille! Did you go to the Harz for Walspurgis Night? My trip was a last minute thing, so I had to go before the crowds came in order to get affordable/available lodging. I'd love to get your impressions of the trip. (And thanks for the nice words about Aviary...)

    kathleenodell5 @

  4. Go for it! Excited to see what you do!

  5. Thank you sir. I'm excited too!