Who Is AV?

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Alison Viktor

Alison Viktor–also called “Ali”–is a vintage/antique dealer who also loves to write scary stories about the objects she finds on her treasure hunts.

She began her writing journey at the age of five, with her epic picture book entitled “The Duck Robbers” featuring a nasty villain who liked to steal baby animals from their mothers. Everyone in her life made so much fuss over this early bit of art, that she got it into her head that she should continue to do it for life.

Grave mistake!

Little did she know that Duck Robbers was her peak of innocence. It was all downhill from there. Subsequent writings were mostly viewed with suspicion and worry, mainly because they were all about evil dark things. Here is a short and true list of how Ali used her stories for mischief while still on her parent’s insurance:

  • During a sleepover, she told her cousins that the abandoned house next door was home to a feature known as “The Black Window” that sucked up the souls of little girls who looked up at it past midnight. The cousins could not sleep all night (or look out the window) and Ali’s mother got a call from her aunt the next day, which led to her being grounded.
  • The above paragraph repeated itself many times over with other cousins and neighbors until Ali was not allowed to sleepover anymore.
  • Ali once convinced her schoolyard chums that they were being followed by an invisible bloodhound that would steal their souls. To further freak them out, she spent the weekend photocopying photos of bloodhounds and leaving them in her friend’s desks. One of the girls checked out of school that day. Ali thought it was hilarious.
  • Ali got in trouble for writing a “horror poem” for the middle school literary journal inspired by Edgar Allen Poe. The kindly hippie English teacher made her rewrite a poem, politely requesting that it “not be about murder.” Ali wrote a sappy poem out of spite. The poem was given a lot of attention and read out loud on the school announcements. Ali felt like she sold out.
  • Ali wrote a humorous play about high school seniors that go on a killing spree during a camping trip. Her amazing drama teacher allowed her to perform it in front of several classes. This impressed boys.
  • Once Ali figured out she could impress boys with her words, she stuck to that trick. When cute boys were visiting the neighborhood during the summer of her 13th birthday, she wrote them into a terrifying book-length tale called “The Ever One” and all the boys were impressed and she got way too much attention for it.
  • The above paragraph repeated itself with different boys and different over the years. A winning formula!
  • Ali directed a short film in high school featuring “Cyclops Children” who kill their parents. She used numerous children in the neighborhood as extras. She got into a lot of trouble for this as she did not get permission to cast the children, or cover their eyes with bra tape and affix little paper eyeballs in the center of their foreheads. Clearly, the adults did not understand her artistic vision.
  • She may have convinced her little sister that she was the crypt keeper from Tales From The Crypt.

It’s clear that Ali was an incredibly strange human, and possibly one to worry about. However, weirdly, she grew up to be pretty normal. I am not sure how this happened, but since we’re talking about ourselves in the third person, maybe I can ask her.

I just did. She doesn’t know either.

Now, Ali spends her time looking for old haunted things at thrift stores for collectors all over the world. She also plays a guitar and sings in a band. She has three daughters, two kittens, one husband and likes to hike in the mountains just outside her home in Utah.