Novels

Twisted Helix

Alicia’s novel-in-progress.

Marie, the daughter of a demon, and Angie, a shape-shifting mutant, form an unusual alliance and fall in love. Together, they battle demons and learn that family means more than blood.

Twisted Helix is hopepunk about bravery, resistance, and loyalty. Blue is the Warmest Colour meets X-Men and Good Omens.

Short Stories

Moonlight, Gunshot, Mallet, Flame

Moonlight, Gunshot, Mallet, Flame is a two story collection that includes “Moonlight, Gunshot, Mallet, Flame,” and “A Little Death.” These are stories about dangerous women who confront supernatural forces.

In “Moonlight, Gunshot, Mallet, Flame,” Laura is a hitwoman who murdered men to avenge and protect innocent victims, but her violent past catches up to her after she kills her nephew. Are Laura’s terrifying visions hallucinations, or real?

In “A Little Death,” an Internet date unites two monsters. Descended from flesh-eating witches, Darla must choose whether to embrace her magical powers and kill, or risk her own destruction for love.

The beginning of “Moonlight, Gunshot, Mallet, Flame”
When we lifted the body out of the stolen Chevy, the moon was full and it was goddamn cold. No fluid had leaked onto the upholstery, but the memory of what I’d done lingered, filling my nostrils with a coppery scent that made my stomach churn. I shut the trunk, and nodded at Nico, signaling him to walk towards the barn. Beneath the snow, the frozen mud was slick as glass.

The beginning of “A Little Death”
Darla flexed her three-inch claws and swiped a gnarled index finger across her phone screen, scanning another batch of personal ads from Magic Matches, but none of the men looked like a suitable victim.

PRAISE

“With Moonlight, Gunshot, Mallet, Flame, Alicia Hilton has succeeded in creating two memorable, gritty and quietly unsettling horror stories that both involve dangerous and formidable women involved with the occult and the supernatural. Each of them, especially the titular story, have a dark, brooding atmosphere that perfectly encapsulates that noir feeling that countless authors attempt to portray in genre fiction and yet so many fail to comprehend… [Hilton is] an author to watch in the Horror genre.”
—The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reviewer (Read more)

“Two short stories from a fabulous writer—the first was a taut and deftly crafted crime / horror offering…Really enjoyable…. The characters brilliant written—I for one would be first in line to buy a longer manuscript of this! The second story was again fabulously written…. Well crafted and enjoyable! It reminded me a little of American Horror Story…brilliant writer, loved these offerings!”
—Ross Jeffery, the Executive Director of Books, for STORGY Magazine (read another review by Ross Jeffery here)

“Alicia Hilton is writing some of the most compelling contemporary dark fiction out there. A blend of neo-noir and the new weird, her stories here will make you laugh, while she slides the blade in-between your ribs, and then casts a spell while dancing around your shocked, crumpling corpse. An author to keep an eye on, her voice is powerful, unique, and intense.”
— Richard Thomas, author of Disintegration and Breaker, Thriller Award Nominee

A Glorious Chapeau

“A Glorious Chapeau” is a fantasy story about magic and hope.

The beginning of “A Glorious Chapeau”

More glad than mad, the hatter greeted a new customer, a petite man whose spectacles gave him the dour expression of a vexed beetle. The customer said, “I want a chapeau crafted from broken promises and pitch.” He scratched his nose, rubbing a rather large mole. “No, not pitch, can you use spider webs and witch spit?”

Nocturne in Black and Gold

“Nocturne in Black and Gold” exists in some poetic world outside of reality and yet—feels easily relatable. This story bypasses your flesh and bone and gets right into your soul. What happens when your doctor is a tiger? Take a listen to “Nocturne in Black and Gold.”

The beginning of “Nocturne in Black and Gold”

The tiger smiled at Wilbur Rawlings, revealing fangs that were so extraordinarily white they looked like they’d been bleached. The feline physician said, “Before we begin, I will check your internal organs for weakness. Do you have any questions about the procedure?”

Year’s Best Hardcore Horror Volume 5

Year’s Best Hardcore Horror Volume 5 is a collection of 20 of the best hardcore horror stories published in 2019, including Alicia’s story, “MRSA Me.” Note: “MRSA Me” is found in two different anthologies.

“MRSA Me” is a darkly humorous tale about a bacteria’s quest for hosts.

The beginning of “MRSA Me”
I was born in a dumpster, in an alley behind a dive bar. A wee speck of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, baptized by saliva from a hospital orderly, clinging to a wedge of pizza crust. Honestly, I didn’t want to hurt anyone—certainly not the Norwegian rat who gobbled me with his yellowed fangs, feeding me a banquet of liquefied refuse. We’d both gotten a bad rap, MRSA and rats.

Rigor Morbid: Lest Ye Become

Rigor Morbid: Lest Ye Become is a collection of 12 stories, including Alicia’s story, “MRSA Me.” Note: “MRSA Me” is found in two different anthologies.

“MRSA Me” is a darkly humorous tale about a bacteria’s quest for hosts.

The beginning of “MRSA Me”
I was born in a dumpster, in an alley behind a dive bar. A wee speck of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, baptized by saliva from a hospital orderly, clinging to a wedge of pizza crust. Honestly, I didn’t want to hurt anyone—certainly not the Norwegian rat who gobbled me with his yellowed fangs, feeding me a banquet of liquefied refuse. We’d both gotten a bad rap, MRSA and rats.

PRAISE

“Some true highlights from the collection for me were:
MRSA Me by Alicia Hilton. Now I read this after traveling from the UK on two planes to Thailand, and knew I had another two planes to look forward to in order to get myself back home again, so that added to the scary a lot. Oh and, if you’re freaking out about coronavirus, maybe don’t give this a read? Or do…”
—Sci-Fi and Scary (Read more)

Year’s Best Hardcore Horror Volume 4

Year’s Best Hardcore Horror Volume 4 is a collection of 20 of the best hardcore horror stories published in 2018, including Alicia’s story, “Monkey See, Monkey Do.”

“Monkey See, Monkey Do” is a tale about survivors of abuse and laboratory experimentation. The story features unlikely alliances between different species who have a common enemy. Given adequate motivation, everyone has the capacity for violence. Cruelty and love can take many forms.

The beginning of “Monkey See, Monkey Do”
The chimpanzee with a bandaged forehead grabbed a hypodermic needle.
Michelle smiled and watched Cynthia stab a syringe into the laboratory director’s kneecap. The chimp appeared to be making a flower design. The other twelve needles she’d jabbed were arranged around the knee like daisy petals.

Poetry

Dreams & Nightmares

Issue 113, September 2019

The issue includes “New Beginnings,” Alicia’s science fiction poem about loss and determination.

Neon

Issue 31

The issue includes “Sleeping With the Dead” and “My Son Breathes Fire,” two of Alicia’s poems about family and supernatural beings.

Neon

Issue 30

The issue includes two of Alicia’s poems. “Insomnia, My Ugly Twin” is a supernatural poem that was inspired by Alicia’s experience of having surgery.

“Teachings” is a poem about coming-of-age and sex.

J Journal

Vol. 5, No. 1

The issue includes “April,” Alicia’s poem about a woman who tried to get away with murder.

Modern Haiku

Volume 44.1 Winter-Spring 2013

The issue includes two of Alicia’s poems. “Shucking oysters” is a haiku about coming out.

“Graduation day” is a humorous haiku about coming-of-age.

Nonfiction

The Modern American: A Scholarly Publication Dedicated To Diversity And The Law

Volume 8, Issue 1

Aleut Epitaph at Funter Bay: Human Rights and Constitutional Rights Violations at U.S. Internment Camps.

The Villanova Law Review

Volume 53, Issue 3

Terror Victims at the Museum Gates: Testing the Commercial Activity Exception Under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act.

The Villanova Law Review

Volume 53, Issue 1

Alternatives to the Exclusionary Rule after Hudson v. Michigan: Preventing and Remedying Police Misconduct.

Police Magazine

April 1, 2007

Losing Yourself in the Job: Staying Sane While Working Undercover.

Police Magazine

August 1, 2007

Clearing up Knock-and-Announce Confusion.

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