• Interviews,  National Poetry Month

    Writing Poetry in the Dark: A Spotlight Interview with Stephanie M. Wytovich

    In continuation of our celebration into April’s #NationalPoetryMonth extravaganza, we’re honored to have had the chance to sit down with Bram Stoker-award winning author Stephanie M. Wytovich to talk about Raw Dog Screaming Press’ upcoming WRITING POETRY IN THE DARK, a craft book for speculative poets, by speculative poets. We’ve featured Stephanie and her books on the Ladies of Horror Fiction blog before, and our team members are huge fans – we can’t recommend her writing enough! Read what she had to say during our chat below: Interview with Stephanie M. Wytovich Cassie: How have you personally seen poetry change & grow within the horror genre over the years? Stephanie:…

  • National Poetry Month

    Reading Poetry for Beginners: A Guide for People Who “Don’t Read Poetry”

    Poetry is one of my favorite things to read and has been for as long as I can remember, so naturally, poetry books end up being things I recommend a lot to other people. With those recommendations, I’ve noticed that people not already familiar with reading those types of books kind of balk at the suggestions. Sometimes the people I’m suggesting these collections to tell me they “don’t read poetry”, and it’s usually for one of two reasons: They “don’t know how” to read poetry (or say they feel like they’re ‘doing it wrong’), OR They’ve tried it and honestly just do not like poetry. Now just to be totally…

  • Ladies of Horror Fiction Awards
    LOHF Awards

    LOHF Award for Best Poetry Collection

    The Ladies of Horror Fiction team is pleased to announce the 2020 Ladies of Horror Fiction Award for Best Poetry Collection. A Complex Accident of Life by Jessica McHugh “I am a vessel of dauntless courage and severe evil. My joy will endeavor, my rage possess.” Inspired by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Jessica McHugh’s debut poetry collection, A Complex Accident of Life, combines visual art and text to create 52 pieces of Gothic blackout poetry exploring the intense passion, enigmatic nature, and transformative pleasure of life, viewed through the kaleidoscopic lens of a female horror artist. Published June 24th 2020 by Apokrupha | Goodreads | Amazon To learn more about Jessica…

  • Guest Post,  New Release

    Into the Forest and All the Way Through……by Cynthia Pelayo

    Here at the LOHF we don’t tend to write blog posts about book releases. However, when Cina contacted me about a poetry collection that she had been working on I jumped on it. Over the last couple of years I have been reading about a plague which has been sweeping across the United States. This is the plague of disappearances and violence against women of color and marginalized communities that is under reported and under represented in the media. Cynthia (Cina) Pelayo was so deeply effected she wrote a collection of true crime poetry that explores the cases of over one hundred missing and murdered women in the United States.…

  • What We've Been Reading
    Book Reviews,  Reading Recommendations

    What We’ve Been Reading #11

    Here’s the latest round-up of our most recent LOHF reads! Have you read any of them yet? She’s Lost Control edited by Elizabeth Jenike The female voice is strong, and will not be controlled.  This book, by its very nature, is doing important work: giving women writers a platform and prioritizing their voices over the cacophony of men that have dominated the field for so long. This is not meant to start an argument over whose voice is more important or stronger or holds more weight—this book is only meant to continue the conversation of why we need diverse mindsets and points of view in the literary community. And as the…

  • Hysteria by Stephanie M. Wytovich
    Book Reviews

    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…