Updated: Sep 1

tw/cw: a discussion regarding Unicult -- a new age internet cult that Allison is a member of.

We have always pledged to approach things with an open mind - and appearances never tell the full story. We remind all to consider the nuance found within our personal definitions of lexis and language, something we all love and appreciate within the vivid worlds we escape to whenever we pick up a book. Whilst we are not actively promoting participation within any cult, we simply ask you to consider allowing all those that do not promote or commit harm to others a freedom of belief and lifestyle, whether you -- or we -- agree with it or not. We humble ourselves with discussion, and learn from healthy critique. We hope you appreciate our approach.

We've reached our tenth Beneath the Needle, a series that brings light to our talented contributors, their incredible submissions, and vivid and varied insight into countless topics that emanate the passion behind the author. Today, we speak to Allison Louise Miller, our latest Short Fiction contributor. Snow Day epitomises the importance of "fun" within the genre at large; an ode -- with twists -- to the slasher subgenre that many of us find such nostalgic comfort within.

Hausu, directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi, comes highly recommended by Allison

Allison Louise Miller has several published short stories and wrote book one of the Tool Trackers paranormal detective series (read the first twenty percent free with Kindle Unlimited here) while studying creative writing under Brian Leung and Paul Griner at University of Louisville. Having spent most of her life looking inward to explore imagination and creative play, the isolation of the past year forced her to develop self-acceptance as spiritual practice, a central tenant of her faith as a member of Unicult, a New Age Internet cult led by androgynous space angel Unicole Unicron. Her interests include cooking at a professional level, photography, and video production. She was inspired by a teaching creative writing class to develop her writing practice as a quasi-spiritual or ritual magic practice, a yoga of writing in and through the body that incorporates elements of clairaudient channelling and divination, which she’d like to one day teach in a classroom. In other words, a year of isolation has driven her utterly insane.

A long-time fan of dream-like weird fiction by writers such as George Saunders, Aimee Bender, and Kelly Link, incorporating elements of screenplay writing and pop culture as collective unconscious, as