DAY 13 OF 30: SCOTTY MILDER
13. Scotty Milder presents “Giant and Child: A Fugue”
12. Lucy Taylor presents “If You Touch Me, I Can Cry”
11. Terry Dowling presents “The Key to Mabella”
10. Christi Nogle presents “The Apartment”
9. Baba Jide Low presents “Pretties / Serpent”
8. Kristi Petersen Schoonover presents “February Thaw”
7. Bentley Little presents “In the Valley”
6. Rex Burrows presents “Skandalopetra”
5. Alex Woodroe presents “Abandon”
4. Cody Goodfellow presents “Hand of Glory”
3. Natalia Theodoridou presents “The Mouth”
2. Jo Kaplan presents “Her. House.”
1. Michael Harris Cohen presents “Never Better”
In “Giant and Child: A Fugue,” a teen girl frustrated with her life encounters a monstrous giant who seems just as lost as herself.
The giant sat cross-legged, straddling the center line of US-45 just north of the town of Mill Shoals, Illinois. It looked almost human, but the proportions were all wrong. Knees like stalagmites jutted skyward at weird angles. A scoliotic torso flared at the shoulders like a cobra’s hood, atop which sat a spindly neck and a misshapen plug that might have been a lump of burn tissue, or might have been a head. Nipples the size of boulders protruded from the loose skin of its narrow, concave chest and swayed there like swollen egg sacs.
The giant was naked, and its skin—what could be seen past all the blood—was the pinkish white of a conch pearl . . .
—Giant and Child: A Fugue by SCOTTY MILDER
ABOUT: SCOTTY MILDER
Scotty Milder is a writer, filmmaker, and film educator living in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He received his MFA in Screenwriting from Boston University, and his award-winning short films have screened at festivals around the world, including Cinequest, the Dead By Dawn Festival of Horror, HollyShorts, and the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival and CthulhuCon. His feature film Dead Billy is available to stream on Amazon.com and Google Play.
His short fiction has appeared or will appear in Dark Moon Digest, KZine, Lovecraftiana magazine, and anthologies from Dark Peninsula Press, Sinister Smile Press, Dark Ink Books, and others.
He teaches screenwriting and film production at Santa Fe Community College and the Seattle Film Institute. He is also the co-host of The Weirdest Thing history podcast with actor/theatre artist Amelia Ampuero.
You can find him online at www.scottymilder.com or www.facebook.com/scottymilderwrites.
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