by Mav Skye
Sisters Jenn and May have finally found their golden ticket out of the slums. Pervy sugar daddy, Frederick Bells, promises to be an easy score with a big payoff—millions are hidden within his mansion.
The plan is simple: tie up the pig, steal his cash, and skip town. But fate has a different plan, including a villain with a wicked imagination. The sisters resort to playing their childhood game SUPERGIRLS to battle their fears in Bell’s den of horrors.
Will the SUPERGIRLS find their prize or will their heads join the pile behind the black cellar door?
May’s naked legs quiver. She brings the knife around and holds it with two hands over Piggy’s bulging belly. “Can’t we just off him, like, you know, in the movies. Then we can search the house? I can help you look?”
I dump out another drawer. “No, May, we can’t just off him like in the movies. You aren’t a killer and neither am I.” I stop and look at her. She looks away from me, then glances down at the kitchen knife. Maybe giving it to her was not such a hot idea.
She growls, “You don’t know what he did to me. Maybe I am a killer.”
I slam a drawer. “It’s almost over now. I’ll be able to take care of you. Neither of us will ever have to—“
“He’s a pig,” whispers May, her frail body wavering in the firelight. “An ugly pink pig. And I think the pig needs to be butchered.” The black silk floats from May’s shoulder and lands on Piggy’s face. It makes his throat more prominent. Great rolls of red pink flesh mound up and blubber out.
“Piggy, piggy,” says May, her face changes, hardens. She lifts the knife to stab.
I jump out from behind the desk and snatch the knife. “May!”
She looks at me startled, then back down to the squirming body on the floor. “Oh,” she says and shrugs like it was a joke.
I recognize the look on her face, the illness coming on. She calls it Letting Go. I call it psychosis. Welcome to hell.
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AN INTERVIEW WITH MAV
-What made you want to write?
Stories are like babies, being around them makes you want one of your own, at least, that’s the way it is for me. I love the suspense and mystery of watching a well told tale unfold whether reading or writing it. Writing allows me to be in the story, not just watching it happen, but actually, physically bring it into existence. When I read a great book, I imagine myself with the characters, in their world. As a writer, their world is inside me, and I experience their story so much more profoundly than I do as a reader.
-What draws you to your genre of choice?
My first choice would have to be suspense in whatever genre whether it be horror, pulp, crime, romance, sci-fi, fantasy, bizarre even literary. Flannery O’Connor can freakin’ dish out suspense, baby. It isn’t about genre to me. It’s about a great story told well.
-Name a fun fact you learned researching this project.
For Supergirls, there wasn’t a whole lot of research. I explored taxidermy. The process is eerie to me and helped developed the character called The Whistling Deer Head. It’s a mounted moose head above the fireplace in Fat Bastard’s mansion that speaks to schizophrenic sister, May. The Whistling Deer Head is captivating to me and I can’t let it go. He will pop in and out of my stories for years to come.
I researched daggers, and found this gorgeous crystal carved unicorn dagger. I can’t remember its origins, I’m thinking Persian, but I could be wrong. It was beautiful, a weapon of the gods. On sight, I knew that it would be key in my story.
I also researched Thomas Kincaid. There’s a scene in Supergirls in which one of my characters ponders what evil may occur in the cute little cottage in a Kincaid painting. I must admit, I do the same thing. I wonder if there are little people inside the homes, I wonder if they are good or bad. If there’s something naughty in the closet. A body rolled under the bed.
There’s a fun little hands on project I did with blue lace panties and a gun, but I won’t go into details with that. Read the story, and you’ll learn all you need to know.
-For aspiring writers, any tips?
Sure. I’d say be open to anything and everything. Carve your own path through the universe whether it breaks some fancy pant’s rules of writing, or not. Be brave and put the truth of what scares you, of what hurts you the most in your story. It is this honesty and vulnerability that attracts people. It gives fiction the breath of truth and life.
-Is there a genre you could never write? Which and why?
I’ve learned something over the past five years: never say never. That being said, I have a hard time seeing myself getting into writing vampires. I like to read it, but writing it? I don’t know. If I were challenged to it, I’d definitely give it my best shot. Another genre that I love is steampunk, but for some reason I have a really difficult time writing it.
In general, I like to keep a bring-it-on attitude. I’m hoping no genre will be left unexplored by the time I kick the bucket.
When Mav Skye isn't turning innocent characters into axe murderers, refinishing old furniture, chasing around her spring ducklings, or reading the latest horror novel, she's editing at the almighty Pulp Metal Magazine.
She adores puppies, pirates, skulls, red hots, Tarantino movies and yes, Godzilla.
She is the author of Supergirls and The Undistilled Sky. Look for her wicked horror romance, Wanted:Single Rose, this fall and the second book in the Supergirls series, Night without Stars, early 2015.
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