Five Must-Read Poetry Collections for Halloween
Halloween is right around the corner, and as you continue to craft and work your way through your TBR list this month, I want to make sure that horror poetry is front and center in your mind. Over the last few years, we’ve seen speculative poetry bring out its claws as it slashed its way into our hearts…only to leave us bleeding and crying, desperate for more. As such, I’ve compiled a list of five must-read collections (both new and old) that will be sure to keep you up all night and have you screaming well into the day.
1. "The Demeter Diaries" by Marge Simon and Bryan D. Dietrich
For fans of Bram Stoker’s classic novel Dracula, this collection is a dark, velvet-clad dream. It has the perfect balance of romance, horror, and of course…blood! Plus, it left me breathless and starry-eyed as it transported me to a world of love letters, stolen glances, and forbidden desires.
2. "A Complex Accident of Life" by Jessica McHugh
For fans of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, this book of black-out poetry will be the jolt you need on Halloween night. Here McHugh stitches together her own masterpiece as she gives birth to a new creature in this bold, beautiful, and monstrous collection.
3. "Ladies and Other Vicious Creatures" by Donna Lynch
There’s empowerment to be found in monstrosity and Lynch both accepts and embraces that with the women throughout these pages. Her ladies are broken and bleeding, their fangs pointed and piercing, and I liken her writing to the transformation of human to werewolf: it’s painful and it hurts, but it’s forever sublime and I can never look away.
4. "The Sex Lives of Monsters" by Helen Marshall
What would spooky season be without folklore, urban legends, and ancient myths and curses? Marshall’s work encompasses the definition of beautiful horror as she dives into the complex relationships we have with all things monstrous. She explores the parts of ourselves we turn away from and uncovers the shadows of all things hideous we choose to embrace, and while this book might be short, it’s far from anything sweet.
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5. "I Am Not Your Final Girl: Poems" by Claire C. Holland
Behold, slasher fans! This is the book for you. Not only does Holland write poems to your favorite films, but she explores gender stereotypes and stigmas as she rewrites what it means to be a final girl. This collection will satiate your appetite for something gory, fierce, and full of action, and it makes for a wonderful companion piece as you binge watch John Carpenter’s Halloween for the 13th time this month.
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Alright, horror fans, what poetry collections would you recommend for All Hallows Eve?
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