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4.30  ·  Rating details ·  43 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Wytovich plays madam in a collection of erotic horror that challenges the philosophical connection between death and orgasm. There's a striptease that happens in Brothel that is neither fact nor fiction, fantasy nor memory. It is a dance of eroticism, of death and decay. The human body becomes a service station for pain, for pleasure, for the lonely, the confused. ...more
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Published May 19th 2016 by Raw Dog Screaming Press
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Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was Kindly given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

This collection of dark & erotic poetry has opened the door to a conversation I've had before but I get to enjoy having it again with you right now. How exciting!
It has always been highly interesting to me that horror fans (especially horror film enthusiasts) are typically comfortable with pushing the envelope in terms of gore & violence but as soon as that same envelope is pushed over to the *other* side of
I must begin this review by saying that I don’t read a lot of poetry and am far from an expert on the subject. I had seen Stephanie Wytovich’s name in a few horror anthologies, and I was intrigued by the concept of this book. A collection of erotic horror poems? I’m not sure what that is, but I know I want to read it!

I flipped through the pages of “Brothel” slowly, taking my time with each poem – which go from free-form verse and prose poetry to more traditional rhyming verses. Now I may not
Shane Keene
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wytovich is a brilliant poet who gains new momentum with every collection of dark poetry she produces. With Brothel, she shows herself to be one of the best dark poets in the field today. Maybe THE best.

Read a full review of it here at This Is Horror:
May 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Stephanie Wytovich brings a blunt sexuality to her usual dark verse. No flowers and cuddling here. It the sex of fluids and stains, grunting in back rooms, users and the used, getting off and getting paid. Stong imagry and raw language without being explotive
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What I love about Wytovich's work is that it constantly challenges the reader. She takes you places you never wanted to go but tells you things you needed to hear, shows you things it is imperative that you see. I'll admit I approached the subject matter with trepidation but Wytovich is not about cheap thrills. She's determined to plumb the depths but not in a way that shames or demeans. All the women of the brothel get their say—some are mean, some are just ornery and some are heartbreakingly ...more
Suzy Michael
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-books
'Brothel' was my first foray into the world of Stephanie Wytovich. And what an eye opening experience it was! She certainly has an impressive knack for poetry and in this collection of erotica, she takes a harsh but honest look at a world society tends to ignore or sweep under the rug. She offers what is certainly a frank view of the sex trade, in all it's ugly, stained, lustful glory.
We are introduced to our narrator- Madam XXX- in the beginning and she takes the reader through the different
Kenya Wright
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
I'm a huge fan of Wytovich's poetry!

Usually, the focus of her poems deal with dark love and death. This time we got to explore her violent twisted ideas of sexuality.

The Brothel was a nasty, wicked adventure into words. I loved the collection and will probably return to the book throughout the year.
Jun 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In her fourth publication with Raw Dog Screaming Press, Stephanie M. Wytovich chains up the specters of pleasure and pain, showing us their eternal courtship. Brothel is a work of lust and horror, abyss and beauty. It’s poetry that dances with taboo, as the author mingles with subjects so many avoid in their work.

In this collection, Wytovich takes us inside the world of Madam XXX. Once she has you, she doesn’t let you go, and you can never look away. The world of Brothel is one of visceral
Kyla Ward
Oct 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry, dark, decadent
"The last room on the right is known as the Reflection Room. It's protocol to go there after seeing clients so the girls can think about what they did and how they did it. There's a journal on the table, some write in it, some don't, but the ones who do are angry..."

In this collection of prose poems, freestyle and the occasional rhyming snippet, Wytovitch remains focused. The result is something of a wildly impressionistic verse novel, fused together by the heat of lust and the conceit,
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What can I possibly say about Brothel that hasn't already been said? Everything about this Bram Stoker-winning collection was perfect. The theme, tone, order of poems, emotion elicited, I absolutely devoured the one-hundred fifty-four poems over three nights, and would stumble across a new 'favorite' every other poem. I will definitely be picking up a copy of An Exorcism of Angels and Hysteria: A Collection of Madness, as well as Stephanie's Bram Stoker-nominated debut novel, The Eighth.
Nick Cato
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I recently finished listening to the audiobook version, and each time I sat down I felt as if I were in an underground beatnik bar somewhere in a haunted world. A wonderful, dark collection that truly put me in another place. Full review 3/12/18 at
Nov 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Wonderful cover art. Such a great collection, i soaked this one up in a day.
May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Disturbing and thought-provoking - excellent dark poetry
Horror DNA
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gabino-iglesias
To say that Stephanie M. Wytovich’s Brothel is a poetry collection is at once accurate and grossly imprecise. Yes, the book is full of poems, but what they add up to is much more than a poetry collection: this is a novel told in vignettes, a study of the interstitial space between desire and murder, and a screaming elegy to female empowerment. What Wytovich offers in this book is a look at the life of a brothel and what goes on in its room as well as inside the minds and hearts of the women who ...more
Well Read Beard
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-books
This was my first experience with Stephanie. You always feel a connection to an author when reading their work, but this was more than that. The poems kind of escalated for me getting more morbid while walking alphabetically through the brothel. The work is naked, laid bare and it really felt that the author wasn't holding back, laying it all out there to be consumed.
I don't really read a ton of poetry and I really liked this book - dark, bloody, creepy, disgusting stuff. Powerful and deeply
Suz Jay
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
BROTHEL is a visceral A to Z collection of poems about abuse, femininity, horror, love, pain, sex, and violence. My favorites include “Bewitched,” “Erotic Asphyxiation,” “Exit 55, Cincinnati, Columbus,” “Justifiable,” “Kitten,” “Purge,” and “Transaction.” Wytovich pens each poem with an unflinching passion that transcends the page. I look forward to digging into her other works.
Sep 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, poetry
Before receiving this in the Goodreads giveaway I didn't really know that horror erotica poetry was a genre, so this was definitely a new territory of literature for me.

Brothel is a collection of about 150 poems, each poem a different story, all circling the themes of sex, lust, love, addiction, and death. There were parts of this collection that for me were too blunt, not in its darkness but in its sexual imagery. To the point where it took away from the emotions and darkness that I wanted to
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Stephanie M. Wytovich is an American poet, novelist, and essayist. Her work has been showcased in numerous venues such as Weird Tales, Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories, Fantastic Tales of Terror, Year's Best Hardcore Horror: Volume 2, The Best Horror of the Year: Volume 8, as well as many others.

Wytovich is the Poetry Editor for Raw Dog Screaming Press, an adjunct at Western Connecticut State
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