This list of horror poetry collections is sponsored by Forge Books.
Four women. Four secrets. A weekend that will change them forever…if they survive. Each woman has come to the retreat for different reasons. Each has her secrets to hide. And at the end of this weekend only one will be left standing. Sherri Smith illuminates the dark side of the self-care and wellness industry in a thrilling ride of revenge perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty’s Nine Perfect Strangers. The Retreat is a twisting, bone-chilling suspense that asks: how well do you really know your friends?
My relationship with poetry has always been a bit love/hate. For the longest time I had a few beloved Romantic poets, and a couple of Restoration and Renaissance favorites. But when it came to 20th and 21st century poetry I was basically a snob. It’s weird. I don’t get it. I don’t want to get it. It’s not pretty. Thankfully most of us grow out of that overly opinionated English undergrad phase, and I’m glad. Because if I had not learned to love modern poetry I would have missed out on a lot of incredible horror poetry.
You’ll notice, as you work through this list and (hopefully) start pulling titles up on Goodreads, etc., to add to your TBR, that most if not all of these collections (and that one anthology I snuck in there) are from indie horror presses. In particular Raw Dog Screaming Press. They’re not paying me, I promise, but they are producing some excellent horror poetry. So while stacking the proverbial deck with their collections was not intentional, I definitely don’t regret it, and neither will you. Indie horror presses are putting out some of the most incredible, experimental horror in the genre right now.