Come in. My name is Goody Winters, but most people call me the Old Wife. For more than 300 years, I have lived in a saltbox by the sea in Massachusetts, with my cat, Salem, who always seems to be getting into trouble. I am a wise woman, what some people would call a witch. When I'm not brewing magic potions or casting spells, I trade my wand for a quill and write stories of mystery, murder and the macabre (with a pinch of science fiction and fantasy thrown into the cauldron).
It's October again, and all my friends and family have descended upon Salem for its annual month-long Haunting Happenings. Many of them are staying with me, so don't be frightened if you see some unusual people in the saltbox or on the grounds.
I invite you to make yourself at home and read some of the stories I've written. If you enjoy your visit, feel free to return. I try to add new stories to the site every month.
My stories can be found in the rooms and on the grounds of my saltbox, which can be accessed by clicking the buttons below. The most recent stories are found in the nursery (the upper left button), and the oldest are in the parlor (the lower right button). Number of stories posted on this website (as of September 14, 2015): 600
You can be notified by email when a new story is posted, by adding your name to The Old Wife's Mailing List. I maintain this list myself and do not share the email addresses with anyone. Unfortunately, I cannot add email addresses issued by AOL because of its antispam feature.
NOTE: If my link does not open your email program, you can email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested, a collection of The Old Wife's Tales is available in print form. This collection is also available for the Amazon Kindle and the Barnes and Noble Nook. [The electronic version can also be read on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.]
You can help keep the Old Wife's Tales site up and running and free of advertising and annoying popups. You can donate through Paypal. Any amount would be greatly appreciated. If you cannot contribute, then by all means enjoy the stories free of charge.
All stories © Marie Winters Haisan