I’ve been sharing stories from my research. Warning: This one is a doozy, and not for the faint of heart.
One of the most notorious witches in history is Catherine Monvoisin, also known as La Voisin who lived in France in the mid-1600s. As you know, witches throughout history have had the reputation of being badasses, and that’s why we kinda like them—but according to the experts, La Voisin was pure, pure evil.
La Voisin was the head of a cult that practiced fortune telling in Paris. The group provided poison for a price, aphrodisiacs, abortions, magical services, and even black masses. Many of La Voisin’s customers were from the aristocracy and as a result she became well known and wealthy.
According to Wikipedia, her organization, “…was suspected to have killed 1,000 people, but it is believed that upwards of 2,500 people might have been murdered.”
And …it all started with people asking for help. Let me explain.
When her husband’s trade business fell into bankruptcy, La Voisin became a fortune teller to support her family of six. She soon recognized most people wanted one of two things: someone to fall in love with them, or someone to die so that they could inherit, or move on and marry someone else. Recognizing their desires as an opportunity for her to make money, she started offering services, magical objects, and dark magic rituals.
You may wonder what she would do if you asked her to make someone fall in love with you. But are you ready for the answer?
She concocted love powders from the bones of toads, the teeth of moles, Spanish fly, iron filings, human blood and even the dust of human remains.
Are you in a romantic mood yet?
The awful potions weren’t the worst of her practices. Her most expensive service was referred to as the black mass. My dear friends, they were so horrendously evil, I will not detail them here. They involved worshiping Satan, blood rituals and babies.
Still, people flocked to her for help. La Voisin convinced them she had what they needed, a way to reach their dreams. People commissioned her services, until she tried to poison King Louis XIV, at the bequest of Madame de Montespan, his official royal mistress.
La Voisin was executed in public on the Place de Grève in Paris on 22 February 1680.
I don’t know about you but reading about La Voisin gave me the creeps.
Coming Soon – my own witch story
When the enchantress Jane Black attempts to free a local Casanova warlock from the clutches of an evil dreamwalker, trouble brews in Mystic Keep.
Metus stalks the warlock Slade Derringer in his dreams stealing from him cherished memories from his past and hopes for his future. Jane fears that when the dream stalker finishes with Slade, he’ll begin devouring the dreams of everyone else in town. No matter the cost, she must stop the beast.
Jane’s friends and family rally to assist her, each in their unique way. The men in her life keep things hot and spicy. There is Gavin McGee, the white wolf intent on claiming her, Leos, the smoldering dragon enforcer who turns her blood into estrogen jelly, and Alessandro, the blackmailing vampire who makes her do things she doesn’t want to do. Then there’s her loving family of witches and warlocks who swish their brooms and swords in her business whenever they can. Last, but never least, Vixen—her snarky cat familiar—is always by her side.
Jane, true to her personal code, is determined to make things better for everyone—or die trying. Can Jane spin a dream catcher strong enough to entrap the evil night prowler? Will Jane choose to play with the forbidden fire of a dragon, or wrestle with a powerful wolf, or … both? All good questions.
Dial Magic is the final book in the Dial Witch trilogy, set in the Mystic Keep world. It’s an urban fantasy featuring witches, warlocks, werewolves, and vampires, and it’s filled with humorous adventure and heart-warming romance.