The Ladies of Horror Fiction team is pleased to announce the 2019 Ladies of Horror Fiction Award for Best Poetry Collection.
Choking Back the Devil by Donna Lynch
Choking Back the Devil by Donna Lynch is an invocation, an ancient invitation that summons the darkness within and channels those lonely spirits looking for a host. It’s a collection that lives in the realm of ghosts and family curses, witchcraft and urban legends, and if you’re brave enough to peek behind the veil, the hauntings that permeate these pages will break seals and open doorways, cut throats and shatter mirrors.
You see, these poems are small drownings, all those subtle suffocations that live in that place between our ribs that swells with panic, incubates fear. Lynch shows her readers that sometimes our shadow selves–our secrets–are our sharpest weapons, the knives that rip through flesh, suture pacts with demons, cut deals with entities looking for more than a homecoming, something better, more intimate than family.
It’s about the masks we wear and the reflections we choose not to look at, and what’s most terrifying about the spells is these incantations show that we are the possessed, that we are our greatest monster, and if we look out of the corner of our eyes, sometimes–if we’ve damned ourselves enough–we can catch a glimpse of our own burnings, what monstrosities and mockeries we’re to become.
So cross yourselves and say your prayers. Because in this world, you are the witch and the hunter, the girl and the wolf.
To learn more about Donna Lynch, visit her profile in the LOHF Directory.
Congratulations to Donna Lynch and the 2019 nominees for Best Poetry Collection:
Mary Shelley Makes a Monster, Octavia Cade
The Apocalyptic Mannequin, Stephanie M. Wytovich
We reached out to Donna for a few words, and here is what she had to say!
Stay tuned as we continue to announce the 2019 Ladies of Horror Fiction Awards!