We’re only five days out from DogCon 2! This free event brings together artists, musicians, and authors from all over the country. Author and editor Stephanie M. Wytovich will be present not only performing readings of her work, but also leading a workshop on poetry Saturday afternoon at the Thurbur Center. Her poetry collection, Hysteria: A Collection of Madness, has just been published by Raw Dog Screaming Press. The crowd in Columbus, Ohio is in for a terrifying treat!
Stephanie M. Wytovich is an Alum of Seton Hill University where she was a double major in English Literature and Art History. Wytovich is published in over 40 literary magazines and Hysteria is her first collection. She is currently attending graduate school to pursue her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction, and is working on a novel. She is the Poetry Editor for Raw Dog Screaming Press and a book reviewer for S.T. Joshi, Jason V. Brock and William F. Nolan’s Nameless Magazine. She plans to continue in academia to get her doctorate in Gothic Literature.
Asylums once used to confine those deemed mentally unfit linger, forgotten behind trees or urban development, beautiful yet desolate in their decay. Within them festers something far more unnerving than unlit corners or unexplained noises: the case files left to moulder out of sight, out of conscience. Stephanie M. Wytovich forces your hands upon these crumbling, warped binders and exposes your mind to every taboo misfortune experienced by the outcast, exiled, misbegotten monsters and victims who have walked among us. The poetry contained in Hysteria performs internal body modification on its readers in an unrelenting fashion, employing broad-spectrum brutality treatment that spans the physical to the societal, as noted in Stoker Award winner Michael A. Arnzen’s incisive introduction.
What they’re saying about Hysteria
“I’m a sucker for horror, crime, and madness. So when I cracked this volume of dark poetry, I felt like I’d struck the mother lode. Sometimes humorous, usually dark, often vicious, and always discomforting, this collection of poems about the inmates of an asylum will chill, disquiet, and disturb you. Many of the pieces end with a shock that made the bottom drop out of my stomach: shudder; smile; “Wow!” If you like dark little bits, this one’s for you.”
—Lee Allen Howard, author of Death Perception
“Wytovich is nothing short of stupefying in her mastery of blunt impact verse. Even those jaded to the violent extremes of despair and rage in contemporary dark literature will find Wytovich piercing deep into the dark and unmapped vulnerabilities of her readers. Hysteria is a devastating debut.”
—John Edward Lawson, author of The Troublesome Amputee and SuiPsalms
“The most riveting book of horror poetry I’ve ever read, period. This young writer captivates the mind in single word lines and strings together emotional terror in a way I’ve never experienced. Stephen King should add Hysteria to his reference library.”
—Ron Gavalik, editor of Grit City
Come meet Stephanie at DogCon 2! Information about lodging and the FREE events is at http://rawdogscreaming.com/events/2013-dogcon-2/