Bell, Book and Camera:A Critical History of witches in American film and television
The witch as a cultural archetype has existed in some form since the beginning of recorded history. Her nature had changed through technological developments and sociocultural shifts—a transformation most evident in her depictions on screen.
Bell, Book, and Camera traces the figure of the witch through American cinematic history with an analysis of the entertainment industry’s shifting boundaries concerning expressions of femininity. Focusing on films and television series from The Wizard of Oz to The Craft, Heather looks at how the witch reflects alterations of gender roles, religion, the modern practice of witchcraft, and female agency.
What people are saying:
"Very well written, researched, categorized, and informative. It's as good as the best book ever - A Greater Journey by David McCollough." - B.G.
"Bell, Book and Camera is an excellent and enjoyable read, It is accessible for us who are not expert in film studies and a valuable, comprehensive resource for anyone exploring how film has constructed the modern witch as a cultural icon. Ms. Greene is a masterful and insightful guide through the topic.. I highly recommend the book." - P.U.
"In a well researched and written long overdo study of the witch’s place in American entertainment culture Ms. Greene takes us on a sweeping tour from the nascent film industry of the late 1800s to the full up cinematic powers of late 20th century Hollywood, defining the witch’s many character constructions and evolution ... It’s an important story of feminine self-determination and equality." - M.T.
Articles and Reviews
Book explores witches in film, TV from Oz to Sabrina - The Wild Hunt
Review: Bell, Book, and Camera - For Puck's Sake
Marietta author chronicles history of witches in TV and film - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Heather is a freelance writer, journalist, and editor in Atlanta, Georgia. She is also an acquisitions editor with Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
Her first book Bell, Book, and Camera: A Critical History of Witches in American Film and Television was released in Spring 2018.
Heather's professional career began in advertising, public relations, and film production in New York City, Atlanta, and Paris. After earning her master’s degree from Emory, Heather worked as a systems administrator for The Coca-Cola Company, while building her freelance career. In 2002, she left the corporate world behind, dedicating her time to both family and writing.
She has written for Turner Classic Movies, Saddleback SEO, Engenius Technologies, Sybex Publications, author Virginia Chandler, Lady Liberty League, Covenant of the Goddess, BDW Creative, Baldwin Design Works, and more. She has been published at Patheos.com, The Wild Hunt, Circle Magazine, the Parliament of the World Religions online magazine and other outlets. Her writing has been translated into German, French, Spanish, Polish, Italian, and Thai.
She once kept a blog but that got boring.
Her writing and interests are focused deep in the muddled intersections of pop culture, history, religion, art, film, and the occult.
Outside of writing, Heather has spent her life surrounded by the performing and visual arts. She directed theater in New York City with the Mystic Theater Company, and was honored to perform in a theatrical dance experience at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Salt Lake City.
Heather has a B.A. in Film Studies and French from Wesleyan University, and an M.A. in Film Studies from Emory University. She also studied film and theater at Cornell University and the University of Paris. She is a member of Circle Sanctuary, Covenant of the Goddess, and the Religion Newswriters Association.
Heather has been a freelance writer, researcher, and editor for twenty years, working predominantly in advertising, public and media relations, journalism, and academia. She believes that the basis for any good writing project, whether it be copy writing or long-format essays is a good story. If you find the story, you'll find your voice.
Heather offers a variety of writing and editing services for businesses and individuals, including:
- copy writing, for both online and traditional media
- technical writing
- academic research and writing
- press releases and other similar media related work
Heather is also available for speaking engagements on the subjects that she focuses on in her own journalism and book projects, including Witches in American Film & Television, pop culture and religion, the modern Witchcraft movement and other similar topics.