1) The classic, 1922 vampire film, Nosferatu, is getting a remake by director, Roger Eggers. Eggers won this year’s Top Director award at Sundance for The Witch, a movie I have yet to see but am looking forward to.
2) And in more horrifying witch news, a woman was beheaded in Assam, India, by a group of angry villagers for being a witch. She wasn’t. She was just a member of a much-persecuted minority group in the region. The villagers were riled up by a 35-year-old, self-appointed “goddess” who said the victim was a witch who would bring bad luck to the village. No word on whether the authorities will take action against the so-called “goddess.” Cynical me says “no.”
3) And in South Africa, a man was burned alive for witchcraft. They also burned his car. All in all, a good week for angry mobs, a bad week for their victims.
4) Is Bollywood coming to the rescue? To combat the spate of witch hunting in India, Bollywood is plotting a film to highlight the issue. All dance sequence jokes aside, it sounds like this is much needed.
5) Ironically, a teaser for Vin Diesel’s latest film, The Last Witchhunter, was released for the first time this week… in India. In the film, Vin Diesel plays a witchhunter, up against the most evil witches in the world who are trying to bring about an apocalypse. Or something. I like Vin Diesel and am all for movies about evil witches (good witches can be so fluffy bunny), but the timing on this in light of the very real witch hunts in India… Not the best.
Other books in the Riga Hayworth series of urban fantasies include: The Metaphysical Detective, The Alchemical Detective, The Shamanic Detective, The Infernal Detective and The Elemental Detective. Kirsten is also the author of Steam and Sensibility and Of Mice and Mechanicals, steampunk novels of magick and suspense.