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In November, “Monique Snyman”

Monique SnymanMonique Snyman lives in Pretoria, South Africa, with an adorable Chihuahua that keeps her company and a bloodthirsty lawyer who keeps her sane. She is a full-time author, part-time editor and in-between reviewer of all things entertaining. Her short fiction has been published in a number of small press anthologies, the Charming Incantations Series published by Rainstorm Press, and she’s working hard on a couple of other novels in her spare time.

HWA: Where do you see the state of poetry in the horror genre today? Where do you see it going in the future?

MS: Poetry, in the whole, …

Poet Z.M. Wise – Spoken Word and Spooks

24677044Z.M. Wise is a poet, editor and poetry activist. He has been a written-word poet for almost two decades and a spoken-word poet for four years and is co-owner and co-editor of Transcendent Zero Press, an independent publishing house for poetry that produces an international quarterly journal known as Harbinger Asylum, with founder Dustin Pickering. The journal was nominated Best Poetry Journal in 2013 at the National Poetry Awards. He is also an Assistant Editor at Weasel Press. He has published four books of poetry, including: ‘Take Me Back, Kingswood Clock!’ (MavLit Press), ‘The Wandering Poet’ (Transcendent Zero Press), ‘Wolf: …

In September, “Stephanie M. Wytovich – Stoker Award-nominated Poet – Poetry Editor for RDSP”

Hysteria: A Collection of Madness by Stephanie Wytovich

Hysteria: A Collection of Madness by Stephanie Wytovich

Stephanie M. Wytovich is the Poetry Editor for Raw Dog Screaming Press, a book reviewer for Nameless Magazine, and a well-known coffee addict. She is a member of the Science Fiction Poetry Association, an active member of the Horror Writers Association, and a graduate of Seton Hill University’s MFA program for Writing Popular Fiction. Her poetry collections, Hysteria: A Collection of Madness, Mourning Jewelry, and An Exorcism of Angels are all Bram Stoker Award-nominated, and her debut novel, The Eighth, will be out in 2015 from Dark Regions Press.

Continuing the HWA …

Interview with Poet Michael Randolph

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Michael Randolph is a horror author, poet, and editor currently living in San Antonio Texas. He is the owner-operator of Eldritch Press. He is a U.S. Army Veteran of Desert Storm/Shield where he first witnessed the true horrors of the world. A navy brat, he travelled to many countries throughout his childhood and still travels sometimes more than he likes. He’s a certified Gemologist and has spent nearly twenty-five years in the aviation field, mostly in military defense as an airplane/helicopter structures mechanic.

I’m incredibly grateful that Michael took some time from his busy schedule to talk to the …

In July, “Interview with F.J. Bergmann”

F.J. Bergmann writes poetry and speculative fiction with work appearing in Black Treacle, Dreams and Nightmares, On Spec, The Pedestal, Pulp Literature, and, as F.J. says, ‘a bunch of regular literary magazines that should have known better.’ In addition to being the Poetry editor at Dark Renaissance Books (darkrenaissance.com), F.J. is the Editor of Star*Line, the journal of the Science Fiction Poetry Association (sfpoetry.com), and poetry editor of Mobius: The Journal of Social Change (mobiusmagazine.com). Awards include the 2012 Rannu Prize for speculative poetry and the 2013 SFPA Elgin Chapbook Award for …

In June, “Superior Achievement in Poetry Collection” — Tom Piccirilli

Forgiving Judas by Tom Piccirilli

Forgiving Judas by Tom Piccirilli

Tom Piccirilli won the first Bram Stoker Award for poetry in 2000 for his collection A Student Of Hell. In 2015, he won the most recent Stoker for his collection Forgiving Judas.

To celebrate his most recent win, here are Tom’s favorite poems from Forgiving Judas:

Forgiving Judas
By Tom Piccirilli

I am Lazarus sliding the stone aside,
groping in darkness, mute, choking on the black
Without even the squeaking of rats or bats
to guide me back to the world,
God’s light fails, God’s voice is an immutable breath,
I await the …

In May, “Second HWA Horror Poetry Showcase: Featured Poems”

With almost 150 submissions from around the world, the Second HWA Horror Poetry Showcase has come to an end. There was an astounding breadth of subject matter and themes and styles and all of them had one thing in common: the desire to scare the reader, to shine a light into the darkness. It has been a tremendous honor for all those poets to trust their poems to us.

I wanted to thank Linda D. Addison and Heather Graham for their incredible dedication to the Showcase. Many hours were spent discussing these poems and I’m thrilled to finally be able …

In April: “Second Annual HWA Horror Poetry Showcase”

To celebrate National Poetry Month, the Horror Writers Association will be holding their second annual HWA Horror Poetry Showcase in April 2015. Open to all poets, the Showcase will be accepting submissions in April with four poems chosen by HWA member judges to be honored on the HWA website.

Click here to submit.

Submission Guidelines:

Submissions will be accepted via Submittable from April 1-30, 2015 and all rights will remain with the poets. Those interested in submitting should visit http://horror.org/2015-poetry-showcase-contest/ on or after April 1 to access the submissions link. Submissions are open to all, whether HWA members or not.…

In April: “Bram Stoker Nominees & the Brilliant World of Horror Poetry”

On May 10, the 2013 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection will be given to one of the following five nominated works. Since April is National Poetry Month and the Horror Writers Association is celebrating with our inaugural Horror Poetry Showcase, I wanted to celebrate the five nominated collections as well, to provide a glimpse into the brilliant world of “horror poetry.”

Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection

  • Bruce Boston—Dark Roads: Selected Long Poems 1971-2012 (Dark Renaissance Books)
  • Helen Marshall—The Sex Lives of Monsters (Kelp Queen Press)
  • Marge Simon and Sandy DeLuca—Dangerous Dreams (Elektrik Milk

In March: “Superior Achievement in Poetry Collection” Nominees

One more month until the HWA Horror Poetry Showcase Submissions Open!

To celebrate National Poetry Month, the Horror Writers Association will be holding their second annual HWA Horror Poetry Showcase in April 2015.

Open to all poets, the Showcase will be accepting submissions throughout the month of April with four poems chosen by HWA member judges to be honored on the HWA website.

Submission Guidelines:

Submissions will be accepted via Submittable from April 1-30, 2015 and all rights will remain with the poets. Those interested in submitting should visit www.horror.org on or after April 1 to access the submissions …

In February: “Viktor Aurelius – On Gothic Poetry” and HWA Horror Poetry Showcase

The Horror Poetry Showcase is back!

To celebrate National Poetry Month, the Horror Writers Association will be holding their second annual HWA Horror Poetry Showcase in April 2015.

Open to all poets, the Showcase will be accepting submissions throughout the month of April with four poems chosen by HWA member judges to be honored on the HWA website.

Submission Guidelines:

Submissions will be accepted via Submittable from April 1-30, 2015 and all rights will remain with the poets. Those interested in submitting should visit www.horror.org on or after April 1 to access the submissions link. Submissions are open to …

In January: “The Sex Lives of Monsters by Helen Marshall”

To start off 2015, The Poetry Page would like to finish our tributes to the nominees for the 2014 Bram Stoker Award for Poetry. Last, but definitely not least, Helen Marshall was nominated for the brilliant The Sex Lives Of Monsters.


The Sex Lives of Monsters by Helen Marshall

The Sex Lives of Monsters by Helen Marshall

 

HWA: Do you still have the first poem you ever wrote? Would you be willing to share it?

HM: Ha! No, I very much doubt I have my first poem. I started writing poetry when I was about five years old—not good poetry, mind you, but definitely poetry—and …

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