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    National Poetry Month Guest Post: Christina Sng

    Hong Kong Swordfighting Sagas of my Childhood by Christina Sng I’ve often been asked why I write horror. This goes back to the advice I’m often given, write what you know. My answer is simply that it’s familiar and comforting, and it is the genre I grew up with. Growing up with a much-older brother who loved horror, I was quickly introduced to The Amityville Horror and Poltergeist before I was 10. If the TV was on at home or my grandmother’s house, it was tuned to Hong Kong swordfighting sagas which almost always had a sprinkling of the supernatural. They were a staple favorite of my family. The 1980s…

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    National Poetry Month Guest Post: Cina Pelayo

    Tapping into the Horror Poet By Cina Pelayo One took us down the unassuming hallways in H.H. Holmes’ murder castle. Another marched us into war. I was told of exquisite artifacts and vampire fortunetellers. I heard whispered promises of bleeding saffron. Then, I was invited to kiss and dance with the witches. The nominees for the 2018 Horror Writers Association award in Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection are Bruce Boston for ARTIFACTS (Independent Legions Publishing), David E. Cowen for BLEEDING SAFFRON (Weasel Press), Donna Lynch for WITCHES (Raw Dog Screaming Press), Marge Simon and Alessandro Manzetti for WAR (Crystal Lake Publishing) and Sara Tantlinger for THE DEVIL’S DREAMLAND (Strangehouse…

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    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…