H.H. Holmes committed ghastly crimes in the late 19th century. Many of which occurred within his legendary “Murder Castle” in Chicago, Illinois. He is often considered America’s first serial killer. In her second book of poetry from Strangehouse Books, Sara Tantlinger (Love For Slaughter) takes inspiration from accounts and tales which spawned from the misdeeds of one Herman Webster Mudgett, better known as Dr. Henry Howard Holmes. Fact and speculation intertwine herein, just as they did during the man’s own lifetime. There’s plenty of room in the cellar for everyone in The Devil’s Dreamland.
Several of the Ladies of Horror Fiction team are huge fans of this book of dark poetry. Here are a few of their thoughts and links to their full reviews.
Toni’s Teaser Review
Tantlinger is so talented. If you haven’t picked up any of her poetry you are certainly missing out and need to have your head examined. So darkly delicious.
Click here to see Toni’s full review on The Misadventures Of A Reader
Emily’s Teaser Review
I think this book would be perfect for true crime, horror, and poetry fans. Even if you’re only a fan of one, get The Devil’s Dreamland so you can enjoy the other two (I love all three). I was both entertained and unsettled by this book, and I already want to read it again.
Click here to see the full review on Emily’s Goodreads
Tracy’s Teaser Review
I may not be a poetry fan yet, but I sure am a Tantlinger poetry fan now. In fact, I will be reading her other poetry collection “Love For Slaughter” as my first book in January of 2019. And I cannot wait to get back into her brain.
Click here to see the full review on Tracy’s Goodreads
Graciecat’s Teaser Review
. . . if horror poetry is a passion of yours, I would definitely give it a try. Even if it’s not your usual reading style I strongly recommend it for any horror or true crime buff.
Click here to see Graciecat’s full review on Scifi&Scary
About Sara Tantlinger
Sara Tantlinger graduated from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA with a BA in English literature and creative writing, and later with an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction. Her love of horror started in middle school where she discovered the Fear Street and Goosebumps books. Some of her favorite, inspirational writers include: Edgar Allan Poe, William Blake, Kate Chopin, Stephen King, Sylvia Plath, Caroline Kepnes, Clive Barker, Gillian Flynn, Richard Siken, Sierra DeMulder, and Catherynne Valente.
When she’s not writing, reading, or researching, Sara enjoys coffee, music, movies, and is prone to over-attachment to fictional characters and cats. She also possesses a collection of sea glass and shark teeth fossils, which make her want to move to the seaside as soon as possible. She is a member of the SFPA, an active member of the HWA, an editor for the Oddville Press, a freelance editor, and a college instructor.