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A Collection of Nightmares

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  95 ratings  ·  30 reviews
Hold your screams and enter a world of seasonal creatures, dreams of bones, and confessions modeled from open eyes and endless insomnia. Christina Sng’s A Collection of Nightmares is a poetic feast of sleeplessness and shadows, an exquisite exhibition of fear and things better left unsaid. Here are ramblings at the end of the world and a path that leads to a thousand paper ...more
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Published July 2017 by Raw Dog Screaming Press
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Sadie Hartmann
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This collection of poetry by Christina Sng is meant to be read by candlelight in a dark, creepy room. While some poetry collections follow a theme or message, this collection captures the essence of the title perfectly,
"A Collection of Nightmares"
Any of these bite-sized terrors could find themselves slipping into your memory; making a return appearance while you sleep...a nugget of nightmare fuel.
"Mirror to the Other Side"
Through the mirror
I see him, translucent
In the forest,

Tiny form be
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Lounge on the couch / Of your twisted mind / Dive into your obsessions / Scouring dark tales / From your grapevine."

A Collection of Nightmares is a book of about 40 poems by Christina Sng. I was introduced to her work in the HWA Poetry Showcase Vol. 5. Her poem was one of my favorites, so I had to pick up this collection.

Christina Sng writes beautifully, and she has put her heart into these poems. There was a little less horror than I expected based on the title and cover, but it was still gre
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The word ‘nightmare’ is used so often from one day to the next, it’s become almost clichéd: “that meeting was an absolute nightmare,” or “I had a nightmare my account balance was zero, then woke up to find I’d fallen asleep with my online banking app open, and it was no dream.” But if you revisit the actual definition of ‘nightmare,’ you’ll be reminded that the dreaming individual experiences feelings of helplessness, extreme anxiety, and sorrow, and that the word was formerly used to connote a ...more
Dec 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Sara Tantlinger
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful, dark, and lyrical. Sng paints each poem with detailed brushstrokes, creating evocative images that drip together to create a wonderfully, wicked story. Many pieces reminded me of an anti-fairytale, where we are given the opportunity to glance into the not so happy-ever-after endings. A stunning collection overall.
John Reinhart
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My work has often appeared in publications with Christina Sng’s poetry. We each realized this at some point, and then realized that we had emerged into the speculative poetry scene at roughly the same time. In Christina’s case, this came after a decade long hiatus. That span seems to have been geminating time because she has burst out with oodles of topnotch poetry. It has been an honor to share tables of contents with her.

This publication is no exception. I am a layout nut, so one of my first c
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you like your poetry dark--but also like it with a heart and soul--this is a great collection. I love how Christine Sng blends creepiness with human interaction. So many of the stories involve the links between family members, especially mothers and children. It captures, with remarkable emotional effect, the desire to protect in terrifying moments and the fear that only loving someone can bring to us.
Nicholas Diak
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Christina Sng’s A Collection of Nightmares is a poetry book containing forty seven dark and apocalyptic poems. The book won the 2018 Bram Stoker Award of Best Poetry Collection, and rightly so: the first half of the collection contains wonderfully executed horror poetry while the final half is devoted to apocalyptic subjects that convey a sense of excitement as the world ends in disastrous ways.

The beginning of A Collection of Nightmares focuses on non-gothic horror poems. Much of these poems d
Jason Lundberg
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My official blurb for the book:

“Christina Sng’s poetry gives me the same feeling as observing a Kandinsky painting or hearing a Nine Inch Nails song: something immediate, deeply complex and intensely profound. It is, in short, a wonder.”
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am new to reading poetry, so I feel a bit less comfortable with rating this type of collection instead of a novel, but I'll do my best to articulate my thoughts.

This is a beautifully written collection of poems, exploring several themes. Many of the poems discuss darkness, loss, family bonds, inner demons, and the end of the world. I love how the author blends beauty and horror together in a seamless manner. With poetry or short story collections, I like to list my Top 5 favorites. My favorit
Kevin Breaux
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent collection of work. Glad I read it.
Suzy Michael
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-books
*I was given a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my fair and honest review.*

A Collection of Nightmares is a compilation of speculative poetry by Christina Sng. The cover itself is a warning/ or foreshadowing of what awaits you. Something beautiful and morbid. You are never quite sure which. Is the woman in the water just floating in a dreamlike state, or is she about to go under, being pulled by a nightmare, her body sinking to the depths. Do not assume where Ms. Sng's poems are
Amanda (spooky.octopus.reads) Turner
A Collection of Nightmares is a horribly beautiful collection of nightmarish sketches, each word carefully chosen to add another brushstroke to the shadows.

These poems contain such depth that many urged me to read them numerous times to peel back the layers. I could not get over the beauty of each line, perfectly constructed to vividly describe such darkness.

I believe many of these poems would fall into the science fiction sub-genre of horror, which is not normally my preferred horror arena, b
Donald Armfield
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Christina Sng scribbles her Nightmares and makes them our vision... nightmares that may trickle onto our pillow and haunt our dreams. From terror to post apocalyptic, the screams do not go unheard... she leads us down the path to the final page.

The Art of Weaving
Resurrection Dreams
The Skin Carver
Bottled Quiescence
The Fall
Leslie Anne
Not my favorite collection of poetry I’ve ever read, but it had some lines and poems that stuck out to me. I particularly enjoyed “The Fall” and “D-Day”. It had a lot of vivid imagery, but was a bit literal and didn’t really leave much to be thought about.
Paul Preston
Jul 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5. Poetry is not my thing but most of these were real good. Poems about the end of a life, end of civilization, end of the world, end of humanity. Usually crafted with a twist
avery (avereads)
Sep 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
“You have ripped out my tongue; I cannot speak. My hands spoke for me, but then you ripped them out too. Your words churn ice as you speak. Snow drops from your lips. I weep blood, listening to your confession, wishing you had ripped out my eardrums instead.”

A Collection of Nightmares is a poetry collection by Christina Sng that has dark themes of horror and science fiction. I thought that I didn’t really get along with poetry, but I really enjoyed this collection! I think it has to do with the
Jericho Eames
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
These poems are basically real short horror stories. Some of them make you squirm in disgust, some tugs at your heartstrings. There are quite a few pieces on dystopian themes but overall, I really do love the macabre nature of the poems and how easy it was to be immersed in her nightmares.
May 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Was good - but have to admit I preferred the first poems to the last ones. The last few seemed repetitive to me.
Bruce Baugh
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't read enough poetry, and it's really my loss. In particular, there's a bunch of genuinely great horror poetry, like this volume that finishes out my Women In Horror Month. Christina Sng's book A Collection Of Nightmares is just marvelous. If I were better informed about poetry, its rhythms and structures and all, I could more clearly describe specific ways it's marvelous, instead of just going "oh, wow" a whole lot. But I'll do what I can.

Some of these poems tell an explicit story. Other
Horror DNA
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gabino-iglesias
I spent a decade in graduate school laughing at everyone who pretended to fully comprehend thinkers like Michel Foucault, Jean Baudrillard, and Jacques Derrida. Because I was also forced to deal with their writing, being confused was the last thing I was looking for when turning to fiction, nonfiction, and poetry in my free time. Unfortunately, there are plenty of writers in those genres whose main goal is confusing readers or impressing scholars with the impenetrability of their dense, boring w ...more
Mar 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Here we have some horror poetry for the class. I have read and loved cosmic horror poetry but it's always been old school stuff never anything by modern authors. I've read all of Lovecraft's as well as Clark Ashton Smith's poetry and really loved it. Smith's stuff especially has always been a favorite of's the type of deliciously dramatic stuff that I can't help but read aloud again and again.

Coming back to this, I really enjoyed it! I liked how the collection progressed from individu
Jackie Cowgill (LanternsJourney)
This poetry had dark themes throughout, but I appreciated that the stories varied between different levels of horror and science fiction. I really loved the science fiction ones, although all the poems were written beautifully. Some of my favorites were post-apocalyptic or self harm related as they seemed to be the most concrete. I dont read a lot of poetry because I feel that it's so personal and drawn from raw emotions. I always feel too much after reading good poetry, even with the verses tha ...more
May 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
You can read my full review (and others) at

There’s a surprising amount of range in the poems collected here – both in subject (which pretty much runs the full gamut of horror from monsters to the apocalypse), and in form – some poems rhyme, others don’t; some flow lyrically, while others feel a little bit like jotted down thoughts or even very short but otherwise more traditional stories.

They’re all a little scary, but beautiful too. Even the worst subjects beco
Aug 04, 2020 rated it liked it
There’s some really beautiful writing, imagery and killer lines in this collection. However, I really enjoyed the first half of the collection which seemed cohesive and fit well with the title and blurb, but I found the second half moved away from the scary, horror style to a more apocalyptic, sci-fi style that I wasn’t really expecting and which seemed like it would be better suited to a separate collection.
Steven Middaugh
Jan 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dark songs to tide you over...

There are some, the quiet terror, others apocalyptic, but overall well-written, sometimes sad, the dark verses that speak of families desperate for survival, others of plant life that considered humanity a serious liability and drastic measures are considered. Be looking forward for further verses.
Logan Noble
May 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
My first poetry collection! This is a beautiful book that explores transformative apocalypses and terrifying things that don’t quite belong. I’m glad I read this; the attention to each word and phrase is inspiring.
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
Really good creepy poems! A quick read when you have a spare hour.
Kristen McBee
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Rating poetry collections doesn't make any sense to me, but in this platform, stars are gold. I preferred the last third or so of these poems - the apocalyptic ones were very strong for me. ...more
Marianne Halbert
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Beautiful collection of dark poetry.
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Christina Sng is a poet, writer and artist. Her work has received honourable mentions in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, and nominations for the Dwarf Stars and Rhysling Awards. She is the author of several chapbooks, including Dark Dreams (2011) and A Constellation of Songs (2016). Her first two full-length poetry collections from Alban Lake Publishing and Raw Dog Screaming Press were publish ...more

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