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    National Poetry Month

    National Poetry Month Guest Post: Sara Tantlinger

    Killing the Tortured Artist By Sara Tantlinger Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines poetry as “writing that formulates a concentrated imaginative awareness of experience in language chosen and arranged to create a specific emotional response through meaning, sound, and rhythm.” Poetry is about how we experience life, whether the poems are personal or taking on a fictional arc or characters. As I think about some of my favorite classic poets (Edgar Allan Poe, Sylvia Plath, Emily Dickinson, Anne Sexton), it’s difficult not to remember their suffering, how tragedy dogged their footsteps and tortured their minds. Since their deaths, as along with other writers who suffered immensely, as readers, we tend to sometimes glorify…

  • Hysteria by Stephanie M. Wytovich
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    Hysteria by Stephanie M. Wytovich Review

    Asylums once used to confine those deemed mentally unfit linger, forgotten behind trees or urban development, beautiful yet desolate in their decay. Within them festers something far more unnerving than unlit corners or unexplained noises: the case files left to moulder out of sight, out of conscience. Stephanie M. Wytovich forces your hands upon these crumbling, warped binders and exposes your mind to every taboo misfortune experienced by the outcast, exiled, misbegotten monsters and victims who have walked among us. The poetry contained in Hysteria performs internal body modification on its readers in an unrelenting fashion, employing broad-spectrum brutality treatment that spans the physical to the societal, as noted in…

  • Mourning Jewelry by Stephanie Wytovich
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    Mourning Jewelry by Stephanie M. Wytovich Review

    Mourning is the new black…  The tradition of Victorian mourning jewelry began with Queen Victoria after the death of her husband, Prince Albert. Without photography, mementos of personal remembrance were used to honor the dead so that their loved ones could commemorate their memory and keep their spirits close. Ashes were placed within rings, and necklaces were made out of hair, and the concept of death photography, small portraitures of the deceased, were often encased behind glass. Mourning jewelry became a fashion statement as much as a way to cope with grief, and as their pain evolved over the years, so did their jewelry.  But what about the sadness and…

  • Devil's Dreamland by Sarah Tantlinger Book Cover
    Book Reviews

    The Devil’s Dreamland By Sara Tantlinger Review

    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…

  • HWA Poetry Showcase Volume V
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    HWA Poetry Showcase Volume V edited by Stephanie M. Wytovich Review

    HWA Poetry Showcase Volume V Edited by Stephanie M. Wytovich The fifth volume of HWA’s acclaimed annual poetry anthology features dark verse by Donna Lynch, R. J. Joseph, Sara Tantlinger, and many more. Jen’s Review Teaser If you are looking for a great anthology of poetry and a way to discover some current dark poets, I recommend checking out Volume V of the HWA Poetry Showcase. Click here to see the full review on Book Den Emily’s Review Teaser I really enjoyed read the new HWA Poetry Showcase. If you’re looking for somewhere to start with horror poetry, this anthology is an amazing introduction to a lot of writers. or…

  • Love For Slaughter Book Cover Poetry by Sara Tantlinger
    Book Reviews

    Love For Slaughter by Sara Tantlinger Review

    Love For Slaughter Poetry by Sara Tantlinger This debut collection of poetry from Sara Tantlinger takes a dark look at all the horrors of love, the pleasures of flesh, and the lust for blood. For discerning fans of romance and the macabre, look no further than Love For Slaughter. Emily’s Teaser Review This collection is full of love and passion artfully blended with dark obsession, murder, and body horror. I LOVED IT. Click here to see the full review on Emily’s Goodreads Toni’s Teaser Review Tantlinger’s prose is beautiful and horrific at the same time. This is a poetess who can turn murder and bondage into a beautiful act of…

  • I Am Not Your Final Girl by Claire C. Holland
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    I Am Not Your Final Girl by Claire C. Holland Review

    In horror movies there is always one that girl that fought with everything that she had survive the night and escape. They are normally called final girls. The last girl standing or rather the last girl killed. Horror movies are full of this trope. I Am Not Your Final Girl From Claire C. Holland, a timely collection of poetry that follows the final girl of slasher cinema – the girl who survives until the end – on a journey of retribution and reclamation. From the white picket fences of 1970s Haddonfield to the apocalyptic end of the world, Holland confronts the role of women in relation to subjects including feminism,…

  • Candle and Pins by Jacqueline West
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    Candle and Pins by Jacqueline West Review

    This is the first review to appear on Ladies of Horror Fiction, so we thought we’d take a moment to remind you that things are going to be a little bit different with these. There are two things to take note of: 1. You will not see star ratings on the site. (But please remember we will not be posting reviews that we would consider less than three stars.) 2. We may sometimes post full reviews that we have reserved exclusively for the site; however,  in most cases you are going to see a format like the following, that includes links that redirect you to the reviewer’s site. Candle and…