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Hello Readers and Fiends: My latest book of poetry, Sheet Music to My Acoustic Nightmare, is now available for purchase via: Amazon , Barnes and Noble , and Raw Dog Screaming Press . For more information about the collection--and to hear what people are saying about it-- please check out the summary below, and as always, if you've picked up the book or plan to read it, I'd love to hear from you on Goodreads. Book Summary Roll the windows down, wipe the blood off your cheek, and turn the music up.  Sheet Music to My Acoustic Nightmare  by Stephanie M. Wytovich is a collection spattered with dirt and blood, sage and corpses. The poems inside are confessionals and dirges, their stories the careful banter of ghosts and sinners over tequila at the bar. These pages hold the lyrics to the beautiful grotesque that Wytovich is known for, but here she writes with a raw honesty that we haven’t seen from her before. This new direction takes readers to hospital rooms and death beds

Be Still, My Crabian Heart: An Interview with Erik Hofstatter

Hello Friends: Today in the Madhouse, I'm happy to host my lovely friend, Erik Hofstatter, and chat about his latest book release, The Crabian Heart . Erik and I, despite the ocean between us, have become fast, dear friends over the past two years, and it brings me great pleasure to host him here today, because this book (along with his next release, Toroa, which I penned the introduction for) is a real treat, albeit a heartbreakingly beautiful one. Filled with sea metaphors and delicious bouts of body horror, this is a story that questions as much as it answers.  I do hope you'll give it a try, but until then, let's get talk writing. With seashells and pincers,                                                                                                                              Stephanie M. Wytovich Tell us about your book. What gave you the idea to create this world, and in your opinion, what does it represent at its most literal and figur


Hi Everyone-- Because I have a mess of grading, travel, and writing to finish up before the end of the year, I wanted to post my reading list for 2017 and talk about some of my favorite reads. For poetry, I absolutely adored Night Sky with Exit Wounds  by Ocean Vuong and Depression and Other Magic Tricks by Sabrina Benaim. They were both beautifully haunting and I can't recommend them enough. My choices for novels/short story collections this year were a little all over the place, but I'm very much okay with that. I read a lot of memoir this year, and particularly enjoyed Hunger by Roxane Gay. It was raw, honest, and hopeful in brilliant ways, and as someone who deals with body issues, particularly dysmorphia, this was a book that I truly needed and enjoyed. Naturally, I worked in a Stephen King book or two, as per my usual, and I just finished up Black Mad Wheel  by Josh Malerman as I'm writing this, and thoroughly enjoyed that, too. For graphic novels this year, I


It's that time of year again. The weather is colder, the madness of Black Friday has passed, and Krampus is checking his list, not once, but twice. So for all of you out there shopping for the delightfully macabre, here are a few options to consider during the holiday. Also, for those local to the Pittsburgh area, check out the new curiosity shop in Allentown. It's called The Weeping Glass and it is simply astounding and filled with the most charming collection of odd things. They're also on Instagram, too, for those out-of-town who would like to check out their collection of unusual gifts and ephemera. Honestly, I can't recommend them enough.  1. Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of '70s and '80s Horror Fiction by Grady Hendrix. This book is a huge jackpot for readers, writers, and enthusiasts alike. With story summaries, cover art, and author tales and biographies, this is the gift that keeps on giving.  2. Skull Planter : For the witch, natur