The Skillute Cycle takes place mostly in the fictional town of Skillute, Washington. The town has a dark history, both in the natural sense of being a place that struggles with difficult social and economic changes over time, and in the less natural sense: something haunts the woods. Indeed, terrible things happen in Skillute, and the thread that weaves through all of the books is the world's women, who are in unbearable situations and trapped by malevolent forces. This force may have originated in the very disillusionment in which they live and have lived for generations. Miskowski aims for claustrophobia and paranoia in the Skillute Cycle, and in doing so, shows us just how horrific the domestic can be.
The Skillute Cycle
Knock Knock (novel, nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award)
Delphine Dodd (novella, nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award)
In the Light (novella)
S.P. Miskowski's stories have appeared in Supernatural Tales, Horror Bound Magazine, Fine Madness, Other Voices, Identity Theory, and in the anthology Detritus. Her non-fiction has appeared in Nightmare Magazine. The Skillute Cycle, a four-book series published by Omnium Gatherum Media comprises the debut novel, Knock Knock, and her first novella, Delphine Dodd (both of which were finalists for a Shirley Jackson Award,) as well as novellas Astoria and In the Light.
Raised on Flannery O'Connor, Edgar Allan Poe, and public television in Decatur, Georgia, Miskowski now lives in California with her husband, fantasy and sci-fi author Cory J. Herndon.
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