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Strange Brew (2009), art by Bruce Emmett

Strange Brew (2009) — Anthology 

Genre and Sub-Genres[]

All Urban Fantasy


Witches and magic

Editor and Authors[]

Editor: P.N. Elrod

Contributors: P.N. Elrod, Patricia Briggs, Jim Butcher, Rachel Caine, Karen Chance, Charlaine Harris, Faith Hunter, Caitlin Kittredge, Jenna Maclaine


Strange Brew is a collection of nine fantasy tales--mostly urban fantasy set in a world not that much different from our own (no matter where it is in history), only with magic. ~ SFRevu Review

Strange Brew is an urban fantasy anthology loaded with magic, mystery and mayhem. With contributions from some of the genre’s top authors Strange Brew offers consistent high quality reading across all of the nine stories contained within its pages. 

The stories are on average about 40 pages long. At first glance this is a bit of an odd length. Too long for a short story and too short for a novella but either way the page length and content come together and really work well. Strange Brew is a witch and magic themed collection, so every story contains at least one witch. Four of the stories feature vampires in addition to witches. All of the stories in Strange Brew serve up a respectable helping of mystery. ~ Strange Brew (Anthology) Ed. by P.N.Elrod : I love Vampire

Supernatural Elements[]

Witches, wizard, vampires, werewolves, shifters, were-war mage, resurrection witch, zombie war, skinwalker, vampire hunter, magical suicide bombers, blood witches, witch, vampire, evil wizard, goddess Morrigan

List of Stories[]

Story Title Series and Order Number Author Supes Lead(s)
“Seeing Eye” Alpha & Omega #1.5 Patricia Briggs Weres Tom Franklin, Moira
“Last Call” The Dresden Files #10.7 Jim Butcher wizard Harry Dresden, Mac's brew
"Death Warmed Over" Holly & Andrew series of shorts—starts here, to Hex Appeal, to Kicking It Rachel Caine resurrection witch, zombie war Holly Anne Caldwell, Andrew Toland
"Vegas Odds" Cassandra Palmer #4.3 Karen Chance were-war mage Lia
"Hecate's Golden Eye" Vampire Files #11.5 P.N. Elrod vampire PI, cursed necklace, Jack and Charles
“Bacon” Sookie Stackhouse #9.1 Charlaine Harris Vampire, witch Dahlia, Kathy
"Signatures of the Dead" Jane Yellowrock #0.5 Faith Hunter witch, skinwalker, vampire hunter, Molly, Jane Yellowrock
"Ginger" Nocturne City #3.5 Caitlin Kittredge werewolf, magical suicide bombers, blood witches Sunny Swan
"Dark Sins" Cin Craven series #1.5 Jenna Maclaine witch, vamp, evil wizard, Morrigan Cin & Michael

Synopsis by Story[]

Seeing EyePatricia Briggs Alpha & Omega #1.5

A blind witch helps sexy werewolf Tom Franklin find his missing brother—and helps him in more ways than either of them ever suspected. ~ Strange Brew |  Macmillan

Last CallJim Butcher Dresden Files series #10.7 — between Small Favor and Turn Coat.

Wizard Harry Dresden takes on the darkest of dark powers—the ones who dare to mess with this favorite beer.  ~ Strange Brew | Macmillan

Death Warmed OverRachel Caine — Holly & Andrew series of shorts #1

Holly Anne Caldwell is a resurrection witch—brews potions to call dead souls back into their bodies. The testimony of the revived is no longer admissible in court, so most of her jobs come from the police department. Now the police want her to bring back Andrew Toland, bad-ass hero of the zombie war of 1875. Trouble is, she fell in love with him the last time she called him back. The dead can't stay resurrected long, so she's just going to lose him again. But someone is killing resurrection witches and she may be next in line. ~ Death Warmed Over—ISFdb

NOTE: Rachel's short story is a Holly and Andrew story! You can also find stories about these characters in the Kicking It and Hex Appeal anthologies. ~ UF short fiction by Rachel Caine

Vegas OddsKaren ChanceCassandra Palmer #4.3

Lia de Croissets, half-human, half-Were, is a war mage for the War Mage Corps. Because they don't trust Weres, Lia is assigned the thankless duty of training cadets to keep her busy and out of trouble. That is until the cadets get violent destroying her house and injuring her boyfriend. Lia must track down who cast the spell that set off the cadets to lift the spell and stop them. ~ Take A Chance: Vegas Odds

Hecate's Golden EyeP.N. ElrodVampire Files #11.5

Jack Flmeming vampire PI mystery. Set in 1930’s Chicago the story involves the theft of a cursed necklace. The necklace is reputed to kill any man who touches it – so it’s a good thing that hard-boiled detective Jack is already dead. Mystery and vampires are combined to good effect as the investigation takes some surprising twists and turns as the plot unfolds. ~ Strange Brew (Anthology) Ed. by P.N.Elrod : I love Vampire

BaconCharlaine HarrisSookie Stackhouse series #9.1

A revenge story, in which Dahlia hatches an elaborate plot to bring a witch to justice. Vampire Dahlia joins forces with a witch, Kathy, from an ancient line to find out who killed her beloved husband. ~ ISFdb & I Love Vamires  &  Macmillan

NOTE: Dahlia is a vampire who lives in Rhodes, the city Sookie visits for the vampire summit in All Together Dead. Sookie does not appear in this story, which happens before that novel. ~ ISFdb

Signatures of the Dead — Faith Hunter — Jane Yellowrock #0.5

The story is told from the perspective of Molly, a witch who is asked by the police to track down a group of killer vampires. The star of the story is actually Jane Yellowrock, skinwalker and vampire hunter, who has the job of actually finding and exterminating the vampires. This story is an introduction for the Jane Yellowrock character, who is going to be the protagonist of her own series of books. ~ Strange Brew |  Macmillan

Ginger: Caitlin Kittredge — Nocturne City #3.5

Sunny Swann, witch, isn't brave like her cousin Luna Wilder, police detective and werewolf. She just showed up at the trial of Gordon Trotter to give her cousin moral support. She wasn't expecting magical suicide bombers and insane blood witches. Now she'll have to find the courage to fight them. ~ Bibliography: Ginger

In this story a witch named Sunny and her cousin Luna (a Detective and werewolf) are at a murder trial when another witch storms into the courtroom and tries to kill everyone with his magic. Afterward, Sunny receives a strange phone call and sets out on a mission to find out what's going on behind some of the strange happenings in the city. ~ Goodreads reader | ♥ Sarah

Dark Sins — Jenna Maclaine — Cin Craven series #1.5 Set in 1818, this happens after Wages of Sin and before Grave Sins, according to the timeline information on the author's Web site. Cin Craven is still trying to gain control of her witch powers now that she is a vampire. While in Venice, encounters with an evil wizard and the goddess Morrigan reveal her abilities for both good and evil. ~ ISFdb: Dark Sins


Cover Artist[]

Artist: Bruce Emmett — Website: Bruce Emmett

~ Sources

Publishing Information[]


Atrange Brew was voted #3 on the Goodreads Best Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy Anthologies (148 books) best Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Romance  

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