Welcome everyone, I’m The Li-Bury-An, and today we have a spotlight on Villimey Mist
After I received a short story submission from The One That Got Away by Villimey Mist, I realized that I, shamefully, was unfamiliar with any other Icelandic authors. I started doing some research, and came across the wonderful tradition of Jólabókaflóð, or Christmas Book Flood, which is the custom of giving books to others as Christmas gifts. Hey Iceland declares that one in ten Icelanders will publish a book during their lifetime. Perhaps the best known author from Iceland is Sjón, who has had frequent collaborations with Björk. Other than this, I’ve had little or no exposure to Icelandic literature. After reading “The Thrill of the Hunt” by Villimey Mist, I know that needs to change. If all authors from the country are as skilled as Villimey in telling thrilling, captivating stories with an untamed, free spirit vibe, then I’ll be buying a lot of books from Iceland in the near future. The Thrill of the Hunt seamlessly blends the spine-chilling, disturbing and violent desires of a modern day murderer with ancient mythology, pitting a seedy serial killer against a Goddess worshipped since the beginning of time. This story embodies the very power that women possess, born from Goddesses, Queens, and the persevering strength of common folk all worthy of admiration. After all, as Daphne DuMaurier once wrote, ‘The Greeks paid tribute to Gaia before the birth of Zeus.’ Read ‘The Thrill of the Hunt” to find out why Villimey Mist is putting Icelandic authors– and Women in Horror– on the map.
“That supple skin.From “The Thrill of the Hunt” by Villimey Mist
I love how it feels against my big, callous fingers. How it tenses when I put more pressure on it.
Her eyes are widening. With shock. With fear.
Yes. Struggle more. Let me feel that despair.
Her nails don’t hurt me. They only spur me on, urging me to squeeze harder. Her feeble strength is nothing compared to mine.
Those short bursts of breath that escape her lips are like a sweet serenade to my ears.
When she lets go of her last breath, I moan with pleasure.
The ecstasy is always so short, though.
I hate that.”
Today, Villimey talks about how she came up with her story “The Thrill of the Hunt” for THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY : Women of Horror Anthology Volume 3. Out now from Kandisha Press:
“Serial killers have always tickled my morbid curiosity & fascination, but there have simply been too many who have gotten away when it comes to their crimes. Sometimes, the victims don’t get their justice even if the serial killer is caught. So I wanted to write a story where one person takes it upon herself to bring justice to the deceased victims and take revenge on their behalf.
It was also kind of fun (and horrifying) to write from the serial killer’s point of view.”
VILLIMEY MIST has always been fascinated by vampires and horror, ever since she watched Bram Stoker’s Dracula when she was a little, curious girl. She loves to read and create stories that pop into her head unannounced. She lives in Iceland with her husband and two cats, Skuggi and RoboCop, and is often busy drawing or watching the latest shows on Netflix. She has written two books, Nocturnal Blood and Nocturnal Farm in her vampire horror series. She is currently writing the third book in the series.