Sawing Someone in Half

Dear Weirdlings,

In this week in the weird, we continue to celebrate Women in Horror Month with a compelling short film. We also present stories on creature creature in SFX, monsters under the bed, and this history of sawing people in half.


Movies

Celebrating Female SFX Artists in Horror (Flip Screen)

A look behind the scenes at the women who design the creatures and horrors that haunt our screens — from Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) to Silent Hill (2006), and beyond.

Scream 5: Kevin Williamson Shares the Official Title (Bloody Disgusting)

Simply titled, Scream, the latest edition of the franchise will be directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett (who also jointly directed Ready or Not) and brings back fan favorites Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, and David Arquette.


TV

Sandman Netflix Series Casts Tom Sturridge as Dream (Variety)

Various attempts at adapting The Sandman comic books by Neil Gaiman have come and gone over the years, but the Netflix series seems to be taking shape.


Life & Lore

Sawing Someone in Half Never Gets Old. (The New York Times)

Exploring the history and reinvention of a classic 100-year-old magic trick, which continues to thrive today.


Literature

Monsters Under the Bed (and Outside the Window): An Interview with T. Kingfisher (Interstellar Flight)

In this interview with T. Kingfisher, author of the utterly terrifying The Twisted Ones, notes, “Writing it helps immunize me, if that makes any sense. I take things that I’m scared of — I have a longstanding nervousness of looking out windows in the dark, in case there’s something pressed against them, for example — and then I write that into the book. If other people are scared of it too, then I’m not alone!”

Fearsome and Female: Part One of the 2021 Women in Horror Roundtable

Gewndolyne Kiste invites a panel of horror authors to discus the joys of reading, writing, and loving horror.


Short of the Week

In “Knock Knock,” written and directed Kennikki Jones-Jones, a woman tries to help the kids next door, but her efforts push her into a chilling reality. The powerful acting and dreamlike quality of the cinematography weave together toward a haunting conclusion.

Andrea Blythe
Andrea Blythe writes speculative poetry and fiction. She is the author of three poetry chapbooks, including Twelve: Poems Inspired by the Brothers Grimm Fairy Tale (Interstellar Flight Press, 2020).