Weird short story in World Fantasy Award-winning anthology She Walks in Shadows, edited by Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Paula R. Stiles. Innsmouth Free Press, October 2015. Audio version at PseudoPod December 2017. Reprinted at Nightmare January 2019.

She Walks in Shadows is an anthology of Lovecraftian fiction by female writers and artists, focusing on female characters from H.P. Lovecraft stories. It is available in print and various eBook formats from online retailers.

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Listen to the audio version of “Bitter Perfume” at PseudoPod

The U.S. edition is Cthulhu's Daughters: Stories of Lovecraftian Horror (Prime Books, April 2015).

Reprinted in Nightmare Magazine (January 2019)


She Walks in Shadows is the 2016 World Fantasy Award winner in the Anthology category.

She Walks in Shadows was a 2015 Locus Award nominee in the Anthology category.

"Bitter Perfume" received an Honorable Mention from editor Ellen Datlow for the Best Horror of the Year, Vol. 8.


SF Signal editor John DeNardo recommended She Walks In Shadows as an October 2015 read at Kirkus.

Sophie Yorkston reviewed the book for SQ Mag.

Dawn Vogel called out "Bitter Perfume" in her review for Mad Scientist Journal.

Ana Mardoll wrote on her review blog that "Bitter Perfume" made her cry.

Victoria Irwin cited "Bitter Perfume" as a favorite at FangirlNation.

Reader reviews at Goodreads are positive.

Listen to the Miskatonic Musings podcast interview with editor Silvia Moreno-Garcia.

Princeton University's Figments gave the anthology 4 out of 5 brains.

Dirge Magazine gave the anthology a positive review.


Words © Laura Blackwell 2014-2015. She Walks in Shadows cover image © Sara K. Diesel 2015. Cthulhu's Daughters cover © Prime Books 2016.

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