Hello, dear readers! With Women in Horror Month in full swing now, I thought it made perfect sense to spend February celebrating a selection of stellar horror shorts all directed by female filmmakers.

For this first installment, we have a wide variety of shorts on tap, including Liz Drives by Australian director Mia'kate Russell, Michelle Hanson’s Gül Girl, Grammy from Jill Gevargizian (which had been recommended to me by my Horror BFF, Patrick Bromley, and I’m so glad I finally caught up with it), and we end today’s shorts with a bit of an unusual pick: Attraction by Emily Scaife.

Enjoy, and Happy Women in Horror Month!

Liz Drives (Directed by Mia'kate Russell)

Synopsis: For estranged sisters Liz and Ellie being a family has never been easy – but there are some horrors you create yourself.

Gül Girl (Directed by Michelle Hanson)

Synopsis: In the 1950s, the unmarried daughter of the town’s wealthiest man gave birth in the barn behind her house. Unbeknownst to her, her father had promised the baby to the church in exchange for the doctor’s silence. When the baby was born, the young woman was too weak to fight the men who stole her baby, and she died within a few hours. Legend has it that her spirit still searches the property for her missing baby. Today, three road-tripping friends find out why some ghost stories are nothing to joke about.

Grammy (Directed by Jill Gevargizian)

Synopsis: When a little girl wakes up from an overnight at her grandma's house, she discovers there may be more to Grammy than meets the eye.

Attraction (Directed by Emily Scaife)

Synopsis: Urges in the undergrowth. Erupting fungal fantasies. Bursting botanicals... the dust and desires of a tiny alternative universe. Imagining the sensations of attraction and pleasure in insects, and the seduction methods of the plants and fungi that beckon.

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    About the Author - Heather Wixson

    Heather A. Wixson was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs, until she followed her dreams and moved to Los Angeles in 2009. A 14-year veteran in the world of horror entertainment journalism, Wixson fell in love with genre films at a very early age, and has spent more than a decade as a writer and supporter of preserving the history of horror and science fiction cinema. Throughout her career, Wixson has contributed to several notable websites, including Fangoria, Dread Central, Terror Tube, and FEARnet, and she currently serves as the Managing Editor for Daily Dead, which has been her home since 2013. She's also written for both Fangoria Magazine & ReMind Magazine, and her latest book project, Monsters, Makeup & Effects: Volume One will be released on October 20, 2021.