DeathWitchZines publishes zines about modern witchcraft and paganism. From personal narratives to guidebooks, these zines answer questions about faith, offerings, and stable practice. Some of these ideas came through sheer demand for that information, which I often receive through questions on my blog. Others I felt the need to write because no one had written a work about it before. When a zine had both the demand, and the rarity of not having been done, I felt morally obligated to create it.
I began making zines a short couple years ago around 2016. I was drawn to their hands-on requirements. I enjoy the independence of them, having control over every aspect of the work's creation. You write, edit, illustrate, lay out, print, bind, and ship to people. In that independence, I saw plenty of creative liberty.
I love combining writing and visual appearance to create art. Although I have dedicated many years to studying writing, I have always had a passion for art, namely multimedia and illustration. Through zines, I've been able to pursue both passions. The words mix with illustrations, color and placement to elevate the reader experience. I appreciate having that much influence over the reader.
Zines give a voice to hushed or submerged communities. Peoples who feel drowned out by the majority, or who aim to represent their fellows express themselves through zine writing. In this sense, zines can become necessarily niche. It can be hard enough to find a good witchcraft book, but what about student witchcraft? College witchcraft? There is an audience who ache for writing on these topics. In finding this writing, they feel connected, inspired, and less alone.