Raw Dog Screaming Press recently announced their newest deal with the talented and award-winning horror poet Stephanie M. Wytovich, a collection of essays and articles on the craft of writing horror poetry entitled Writing Poetry in the Dark. The plan is for it to be released later in 2022.
I’m happy to note that I’ll have my first essay on the craft of writing horror poetry for international audiences included in this collection, tentatively entitled “Global Reflections Within Our Fear-Lit Ink: A Study on Tradition and Community in the Poem.”
Over the years, I’ve written many horror poems in addition to my work on science fiction, fantasy, and creative non-fiction/poetry. While I’ve given interviews and taught classes and presentations on the subject, I realized I haven’t formally published an essay specifically on the craft of horror poetry for people to consider.
My essay will incorporate updates to many of the lessons and perspectives I’ve shared with you over the years in my classes and presentations for Kearny Street Workshop, Poets House, and the UC Merced Center for the Humanities, CONvergence, Diversicon, Marscon, and the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, among others. This will include notes on Nixon, zombies, wendigos, Hanuman, and moon-eating frogs, and much more.
Stay tuned for more details as they head towards final publication. Thank you all for your support in the meantime!