New flash fiction over at

Rules – 100 words max flash fiction or poetry using the following words – gargle, California, vandal.  Deadline is 9pm UK time on Wednesday 24th August.


By Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw

Dusk fell over the town.

The young woman stepped into the fire-blackened supermarket.

Picking her way through the wreckage of Booths… Cara didn’t think of herself as a vandal… she just wanted water to gargle her scorched throat.

As she rounded an aisle, her foot slip/skidded a little.  Cara turned the flashlight’s beam downward… her shoe stood in a pool of congealed blood.  A slurpy, chewing sound made her aim the torch’s light ahead.

The zombie looked up… hands cradling a boy’s crushed head… blood dripping from her chin… down the front of her I ♥ California t-shirt.

She hissed…


About VeronicaThePajamaThief

Bio: Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw Born in Lisboa, Portugal to parents of Portuguese/Russian descent, Veronica Marie and her wife, Christina Anne, call the Pacific Northwest home, where the couple are “still very much on honeymoon!” When not teaching and finishing her own studies for a Masters in Sociology, Veronica writes fiction, primarily noir - "I love dark!". Her long fascination with noir fiction prompted Veronica to try her own hand at writing fiction several years ago. She has been published in Pulp Metal Magazine, The Lost Children: A Charity Anthology, the horror anthology 100 Horrors, from Cruentus Libri Press, Nightfalls: an End of the World anthology, Drunk On The Moon 2: A Roman Dalton anthology and Gloves Off: Near To the Knuckle's debut anthology. Veronica has also appeared in the inaugural issue of Literary Orphans magazine and her horror/urban fantasy short story SOUL TAKER was recently chosen for inclusion in Lily Childs' february femmes fatales, an urban fantasy/horror anthology. Veronica counts among her mentors - Carole A Parker, Lily Childs, Paul D Brazill, Richard Godwin, Joyce Juzwik and Vicki Abelson. She is currently working on the third draft of her first novel – a memoir – as well the second draft of her first fiction novel, a fantasy novel and the publication of a collection of her flash fiction and short stories. Lily's The Feardom and Vicki Abelson's Women Who Write Facebook writing group have both been a tremendous source of support and inspiration for Veronica. Veronica’s writings can be found at and, and
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  1. Flannery says:

    Eek! This little story packs a wallop.

    Could you please email me when you get a chance? I’d like to ask you something…GREENPEARL42 at yahoo dot com.

  2. Pink Woods says:

    Ooooh! Nice use of the word prompts! I never expected a zombie story at the end! By the way, thanks for visiting my blog. 🙂

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