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Choking Back the Devil by Donna Lynch
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it was amazing

“The horror novel may be hundreds of needles inserted into the flesh over the course of days or weeks, but the poem - if done right - can be an ax to the torso” (94).

This exactly. I loved this brutal, beautiful horror poetry from Donna Lynch. Almost all of these pieces were 4-5 stars for me. The longer ones are stunning; however, it was the brief ones that damaged me. The selections of just a few lines, or even a single page, boast an unparalleled stark brutality.

Lynch was nominated for a Stoker for her collection WITCHES last year; and if my reaction to CHOKING BACK THE DEVIL is any indication, she’ll be there again in 2020 as well. My favorites
include:

Terror Management Theory
Race
You, Alone
My Incomplete Children
Succubi
Treat
Visitors
Woman
Hunger
You Knew
Cry
You Are Not You
Doll

Want a short read with all the impact or more of a longer horror novel? Read this one. The monsters are real, both internal and external ones. Trust me.
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Reading Progress

July 11, 2019 – Shelved
July 11, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
August 5, 2019 – Started Reading
August 5, 2019 –
page 17
17.35% "Terror Management Theory 🤘🏼"
August 5, 2019 –
page 19
19.39% "“Everyone is a villain in someone’s story / And everyone is afraid to see the finish line ahead.”"
August 5, 2019 –
page 46
46.94% "“Treat” 😱 🍦"
August 5, 2019 – Finished Reading

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