Ages and ages ago, I read a Ray Bradbury story entitled “the April Witch” about a supernatural young girl (possibly a fairy) that possesses a young southern belle in order to experience “human love.” The April Witch forces the human girl to accept the invitation to a square dance from a boy that the human girl distinctly does not like.
At one point in the story, the human girl is not yet aware that an extra sentience has control of her, but realizes she is not in control of her own body. She off-handedly remarks that (paraphrasing) “an April Witch must have possessed me.” It always seemed to me that Bradbury expected the reader to be familiar with the concept of an April Witch, like it was a common bit of folklore like the tooth fairy, or the boogyman. But I’d never heard of it, and can’t recall anyone ever saying they’d heard of it either. Is this something that Bradbury dreamed up for this specific story, or is there any folklore being called an April Witch, like the Chupacabra or some such?