I am both pleased and thrilled to bring you some very exciting news.  Magenta Shaman author Lily Childs, the brainchild and driving force behind Lily Childs’ Feardom and co-editor of Thrillers, Killers ‘n Chillers has compiled some of the best dark fiction from the ladies of her February Femmes Fatales and released what is sure to be the ‘talk’ of 2014 when it comes to horror and urban fantasy –

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– an anthology in e-book and trade paperback.

Do you like your horror so dark, dripping and visceral that you almost dread to turn the next page, and your telltale heart beats ever faster as your eyes devour the words in front of you?  I’ll bet no pansy-assed crime is going to do it for you, right?  It’s got to be so treacherous, gritty and suspenseful that you bite your nails to the quick, leaving little red smears on the pages.  Noir, you say?  Noir so steamy and sultry, a cold shower’s the only thing to cool you down and save a ‘not-in-the-mood’ spouse/partner from a ‘ravishing’?  Or, is it ravaging?

You’re in luck!  My dear friend and mentor, as well as the ‘grande dame’ of horror and urban fantasy, Lily Childs, has released a new anthology, featuring dark fiction and poetry by twenty-plus of the premier female writers of the genre today.

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Dark dames?  Here’s twenty-three to thrill and chill you…

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Where can I buy this nightmare-inducing, burn-candles-long-into-the-night book, you ask?

Psssst!  *whispers*  Come ‘ere… *steps in to alley*

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You look a decent sort… I suppose I can tell you…. as long as you spread it around, right then?

Lily’s February Femmes Fatales is on all Amazon platforms.  Here are the main ones are:

Kindle version:


Now… you’ll keep your word, right?  Tell all your friends.  And… it wouldn’t go unnoticed if you wanted to leave a few words on Amazon about the book.  Doesn’t have to be a huge review, but it goes without saying… “I liked it.”  isn’t likely to get you a plate of cookies.

Just sayin….

What’s that you say?  Do I have a story?  I am both thrilled and honoured to have been asked to contribute a story for Lily’s anthology.  Thank you for asking.  Would you like a little peek at Soul Taker?  *opens trenchcoat*

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I’ve already burnt through several candles – for some reason, I can’t read this stuff in the light of day; it’s got to be in that dark, silvery time between the witching hour and the pre-dawn – and more than once awoken my inamorata, having given myself a fright over reading these femmes fatales dark offerings.

Well, I’m off to the apothecary for some herbed candles… it’s going to be a long night.


Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw

16 February 2014


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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