I have a deep and unwavering love for Frankenstein. It is a story that holds so much sadness and some hope. I personally think that everyone should read it. It fuses horror and science. But it is mostly about humanity. How horrible we can be. With this in mind and my love for horror poetry my amazing friend Jen from over at Book Den (If you don’t read her blog you really should it is amazing) was reading this lovely collection of black out poetry inspired by Frankenstein and told me that I had to buy it. So I did, she know my taste better then I do. If you don’t know what black out poetry is. It is poetry made from taking words from a texted and highlighting them by blacking out the other words.
Synopsis: Blackout poetry inspired by Frankenstein.
My thoughts: This collection is a freaking mazing. There is so much beauty in this collection. There is a lot of pain as well. It hits so many of the notes that I love in a poetry collection. What I really loved was the scanned pages of Frankenstein with the blackout art. Some are true art pieces….some are sparse as just crossing the words out. But each piece suits the poem. The poem itself is on the next page. It gives the entire collection a visually tactile feel. I am so glad that I ordered the actual book. I don’t think e-book would have done the art justice. The flow of the collection is so perfect. It starts with a poem titled a Girl of Twenty and it ends with a poem titled Vanish. You get this feeling like you are following this girl through a journey. Sometimes this journey is good and sometimes it is bad. But it is beautifully hers. Which is why this collection was so beautiful. Our journeys are never entirely good or entirely bad. They veer all over the place. I feel that this collection is really about the poets journey. I really hope that we see more blackout poetry. It is an art form which give texture to the words. My favorite poem was Be. McHugh is truly a gifted poet and artist. I truly love this collection and I hope that I get to read more from Jessica McHugh.
Star Rating: 5
2018 was the year that I decided to do things that are outside of my comfort zone. One of the things that I decided to do was to read more poetry. At first I was like I will read some non-genre poetry. That went pretty well. So I started venturing out into horror poetry. I am glad to say that I am never looking back. I have read more poetry in the last year then I had since I was in school. I love it though. There are so many talented poets. Christina Sng is defiantly one of the top tier.
Synopsis: A amazing poetry collection based on nightmares.
What I liked: Sng’s ability to weave nightmare scenarios with pretty language really made my heart happy as I read this. She is so skillful at choosing just the right imagery to create the creepy feeling of many of these poems. Sng takes these dreams that we all have at night and puts them to words. It is like she has snuck into our minds while we are sleeping and took all the bad dreams and put them between the cover of this book.
What I didn’t like: It ended to soon.
Star Rating: 5 Stars
My Thoughts: I really loved Sng’s writing style. I had a really hard time putting this collection down. The art on the cover was beautiful. This collection made my heart happy and I can’t wait to read more from Sng. If everything else is as wonderful as A Collection of Nightmares then I can’t wait!!
I started reading poetry this year. It truly spoke to me in a way I didn’t expect it to. I liked what I was reading. But it didn’t really gut punch me until I discovered Horror Poetry. I am totally and completely hooked now. The way many of these authors mix the grotesque with the beautiful. This is the second poetry collection that I have read this year by Sara Tantlinger and she is so talented I can’t stand it! Just kidding Sara. But in all seriousness if you have a penchant horror, poetry or true crime The Devil’s Dreamland will fill that itch…
Synopsis: A poetry collection based on the life and crimes of H.H. Holmes.
What I liked: Tantlinger is able to mix the grotesque with the beautiful with such ease. In this collection which deals with one America’s first serial killers Tantlinger is able to mix historical fact and murder with pretty words. There is no other way to say it. I love the snippets of historical facts scattered throughout the collection. It says a lot about the amount of research that Tantlinger put into her collection. The layout of the collection is perfection; starting with his birth to his death Tantlinger covers the madness into which he descended with skill and ease.
What I didn’t like: Absolutely nothing. This collection hit the nail on the head for me with every single poem.
Star Rating: 5 Stars
My thoughts: If you haven’t picked up this collection yet what are you waiting for! Tantalinger absolutely slays (pun intended) she expertly weaves beautiful words and grotesque acts together. I truly enjoyed the way she followed the transformation of H.H. Holmes from a conman to a cold blooded serial killer. 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.