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Horror Film Poems

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  67 ratings  ·  22 reviews
A love letter to horror films where poems are the paragraphs.

"If Jack Kerouac watched horror films instead of drinking himself to death he still wouldn't have written this book. But who cares because Jack Kerouac sucked. This book however does not. Christoph Paul has melded two of my favorite things into one hell of a fun read."

-Philip LoPresti author of Haunted Fucking
Paperback, 160 pages
Published October 11th 2016 by CLASH Books
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Janie C.
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wouldst thou like to live deliciously? Dost thou see a book before thee? Allow it to guide thine eyes. Christoph Paul hath written poetry capturing the essence and soul(lessness) of 27 horror films (if I hath counted correctly).His versesare witty, fiendish and shrewdly delectable. Feast thine eyes alsoon illustrations by the talented Joel Ama Guell, and dream tonight of androids, devil spawn and Chucky. I spitteth on thy grave. ...more
Leo Robertson
Nov 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is aweeesooommmeee!

The poems read as if written in the hopes that someone reads them before their author's throat is slit. And such a variety to enjoy. They vary in style depending on the subject, from concrete (Blair Witch) to haiku (Cannibal Holocaust, Evil Dead) to metafictional (Carrie, Zombieland) to direct quotes reappropriated (Videodrome, others, I assume) to the juvenile (Piranha 3D) to song lyrics (Blacula) and even a Christmas carol (Krampus)!

Paul even took time to apply the
Jan 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I won this book from Goodreads Giveaways. I think I'm meant to tell you that so you'll know I could be biased..? but you know, one time when I was trolling the site I discovered a whole series of children's books about a little boy whose best friend is a fart, an anthropomorphic fart that keeps him company and gets him into all kinds of wacky hijinx, and, like, if you're five-starring that just because you got it for free, you got problems, son.

Anyway I am biased, because I like poetry and I
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
"The blood talks to me."

Horror Film Poems is such a fun concept, but I didn't love the execution. The poems were pretty hit or miss, and there ended up being a lot more misses for me by the end of the book.

I think part of my issue may have been my expectations - I thought the poems were going to be more serious, but a lot of them seemed to be more humor-based. I found out afterward that the author is a humor writer, so that makes sense. It just wasn't really what I wanted. I'm not thrilled
Donald Armfield
Nov 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Christoph takes his love for Horror films and drops a poetic paragraph or few on such titles from classic favorites to the straight to video. Almost reaching an alphabetical slaughter having at least one title from every letter of the alphabet, "Horror Film Poems" splashes an art of writing that I enjoy.
A list of my overall favorites including some quotes below...GET YOUR BLOODY HANDS ON A COPY TODAY!

-American Psycho
-A Serbian Film
-The Birds quote "Black and white-feathered bullets
Ben Arzate
Nov 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Full Review

This collection of horror film based poems is a strong one. Like the films it covers, Paul's use of language is funny, disturbing, and very entertaining and the ink paintings by Guell are excellent as well. You don't have to have seen every film here to enjoy this book, I haven't and still found myself unable to put this book down. If you like horror movies, you should especially pick up this collection. Even if you don't normally like poetry, you'll like this.
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, poetry, e-book, horror
Terrific idea; not-so-terrific execution. I was hoping for something with more depth or insight into the meaning behind films, not short rehashings of their plot and dialogue. The speaker of the poems moves from being the film's villain to the viewer to someone outside the whole thing, and the inconsistency wasn't my favorite thing. Some of the text placement experiments work better than others, like the one for The Blair Witch project. Overall, though, the poems didn't reveal anything new or ...more
Vincenzo Bilof
Nov 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
For fans of classic and iconic horror films, there is a sort of essence, or maybe a prominent image, that figures heavily into a personal connection with those films. In this collection of poems inspired by classic horror concepts, you will find a companion piece that neatly complements any horror fan’s collection. You don’t have to be a poetry major or an art critic to appreciate what author Christoph Paul manages to accomplish with varying prose styles. The styles themselves seemingly mirror ...more
Shannon Everyday
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a huge horror fan, when I saw the title of this book, I knew I had to check it out. Horror Film Poems features all sorts of poems inspired from different horror movies. I could tell, while reading, how much the author loves the genre. It was a quick, enjoyable read, bringing me back to many moments and films I have loved. I have to give a special mention to the poem inspired by Misery, loved it. If you love horror and horror films, I would give this book a read.
Joshua Chaplinsky
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-reads
Don't like poetry? It doesn't matter. This collection of poems about horror movies will make you a fan. Paul captures the essence of each film in only a few lines, in hilarious and horrific ways.
S.T. Cartledge
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, reviewed
I’m a poetry fan. I’m not particularly a fan of horror films, certainly not in the way that Christoph Paul is. This collection is a celebration of everything horror film, from the low-budget camp films to the slashers to the psychological thrillers, from the mainstream horror films to the indie films and the obscure films which are primarily viewed by diehard horror fans. The collection is quick and concise, with each poem providing a snapshot of the film it’s dedicated to, paired with an ...more
Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
Christoph Paul is a massive horror movie nerd. The Night of the Living Dead, Suspiria, Chucky, Saw, Let Me In, The VVitch, even Poultrygeist, they're all in here, and many more. For each movie, Paul finds a voice, and something to say, something that tells us about film, genre, fear, hate, love and/or terror. The one on Misery gets a little meta, but with wit and intelligence. Leza Cantoral contributes an apropos ode to Rosemary's Baby.

This volume succeeds in doing justice to its inspirations.
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I went into this book with no expectations because I'm not a horror film buff. In fact, I'm a chicken and I don't watch them. But I love poetry and reading horror. I am very happy with my purchase. It's an enjoyable read, some of the poems make you laugh, some make you think, and many are pretty terrifying. I actually liked some of the poems more than I liked the movie itself. Such a great read. I recommend it to anyone who is a fan of horror and poetry. I love it! The artwork in it is ...more
Cory Alexander
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great Poems

Really liked the humor in the poetry. This book is great for horror movie especially if you like darker humor.
Adele Adams
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
Really unsure if i like it or not. Very strange nothing like i have read before but i finished it. Not for faint hearted or someone who will get offended
Cory Blystone
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Christoph Paul reminds us that reading is supposed to be fun, and this book is the best damn literary ride I’ve been on in a while.
Siân Plummer (plumreads__s)
I feel like a lot of these missed their mark with me coz I'm not so up to date with my horror movies, I know, tsk tsk.

My faves were The Mist and Psycho.

Pretty fun and a super quick read!
Andrew Shaffer
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Paul nails the voices. My only regret is I haven’t seen every one of these films! ...more
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
A great wee book, perfect for the horror movie buff!
Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First off... horror film poems! For that reason alone if you're a horror fan this book should draw your interest. I for one like the idea of continuing my experience of a favorite horror movie without necessarily watching it over and over again, a crossover adventure exploring a movie's essence and adding to its aesthetic. Novelizations can be fun but poetry has the potential to set off lots of sparks in one's head with its economy of language and use of white space if it's well done. And the ...more
Apr 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, poetry
Super fun poetry collection! This is a quick read that can be accomplished in one sitting, worth every word!
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Christoph Paul is an award-winning humor author. He writes non-fiction, YA, Bizarro, horror, and poetry including: The Passion of the Christoph, Great White House Volume 1 and Volume 2, Slasher Camp for Nerd Dorks, A Confederacy of Hot Dogs, and Horror Film Poems. He is the managing editor for CLASH Media and CLASH Books and edited the anthologies Walk Hand in Hand Into Extinction: Stories ...more