Fiction Friday: The Milestone Day

THE MILESTONE DAY Gina Napoli I saved my wedding gown just for Raine, my only daughter. No one else could ever wear this dress but Raine. Bone-colored lace spilled out of the heirloom box, both faded with time. I had worn this same dress twenty years ago. I even put on this dress in this same dressing room in our church. My own wedding day was nothing more than a blur now. Most milestone days are like that. Tears punctuated my wedding day, just like they did today, like water…

150 Words About: MANIAC (2012)

I was one of the few who didn’t scoff when I heard Alexandra Aja (Haute Tension, Piranha 3D, the amazing 2006 version of The Hills Have Eyes) was producing a remake of William Lustig’s sleaze-classic Maniac.  I enjoyed the original, but was never a huge fan.  2013’s update, directed by Franck Khalfoun (P2, Amityville: The Awakening), proved to be one hell of a gruesome yet oddly beautiful film.  I knew lead Elijah Wood could be scary — his performance in Sin City is nightmare fuel — but in this one he’s sympathetic too (sure, his character…

A Celebration of Women in Horror (Pt 1)

LOOKING FOR SOME GREAT AUTHORS TO CHECK OUT IN CELEBRATION OF WOMEN IN HORROR MONTH? WELL HERE’S A FEW SUGGESTIONS FROM US AT GALLOWS HILL! Article by Brian James Lewis February is something special for fans of speculative fiction, dark poetry, weird tales, and horror. Is it a celebration of half-priced Valentine’s Day chocolate after the 14th? Well, sort of. But the really big deal is: WOMEN IN HORROR MONTH! This is a great time to recognize female writers, poets, and editors. Since there are so many and I’d like…

Fiction Friday: The Pleasures of the Borden Family Massacre

The Pleasures of the Borden Family Massacre Matt Athanasiou Lizzie Borden took an axe / And gave her mother forty whacks. / And when she saw what she had done / She gave her father forty-one. –Popular rhyme concerning the Borden family murders. The rhyme on the cover of the brochure suggests she saw what she had done, but did she foresee the bed and breakfast and museum her childhood house would become, a roadside attraction, a haunt of orbs in windows, a home for the neighbors’ ghosts as well?…

150 Words About: BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO (2012)

Berberian Sound Studio is a film that I can’t recommend to everyone.  Why?  Well, because it’s not really a horror film.  But it is about giallo films.  Toby Jones (The Mist, Kaleidoscope) plays Gilderoy, a sound designer who has been hired to fly to Italy to work on a movie called The Equestrian Vortex. While we never see said project ourselves (at least, no more than a few frames), we hear it.  And the things we hear make it very clear that our mild-mannered hero is helping to create what might be the most terrifying film ever…

Fiction Friday: Daisy

DAISY Hailey Piper Daisy encountered the boy years before she found him smiling in the barley field. She was minding her business in a store’s lot at town’s edge, poking at garbage that might hide treasures. A dirty, skinny little thing, not so different from her, the boy toddled out of the store holding the hand of an older woman. This was the morning Daisy could not forgive. “Look, Aunt Delia!” he shouted. “A puppy!” Daisy was young and small, but she hadn’t been called a puppy in a while.…