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Opening Up to Death: Using Ritual as a Coping Mechanism

All my life, people have assumed that I’m obsessed with death, and while to some extent that may be true, the more accurate answer is that I’m terrified of mortality and therefore so consumed with the concept of death that I’ve truly fallen madly in love with life. As such, I tend to live life passionately, and because of that excitement, I’m often always planning and multitasking too many projects and trips to keep up with, not to mention how careful I am about honoring my relationships with friends and family, never leaving without a giant hug and never hesitant to tell those I love how much they mean to me. But as a woman raised in the Catholic faith, I’ve struggled to find my identity because I knew that the religion wasn’t something I completely agreed with, nor followed in my heart of hearts. While I think some of the practices are beautiful, and while I continue to maintain my beliefs (on my terms) to a certain degree, my journey exploring other faiths and practices has be


Good Morning, Everyone: Today in the Madhouse, I'm featuring author Gwendolyn Kiste where we'll talk reversed fairy tales, female empowerment, and chat about her short story collection,  And Her Smile Will Untether the Universe. I have to say that I absolutely loved and was taken with this collection, and I found myself connecting with the stories inside it on a very real, emotional level. For those of you who know me, you know that I have a soft spot for the beautiful grotesque and that I think horror is one of the best genres in writing for learning coping methods and survival skills. Kiste's work incorporates all of that, but with the softness of a first kiss and the subtlety of a sharpened dagger.  I'm beyond excited to have her here with me today, but for those of you who are new to her work, let me give you a proper introduction. Gwendolyn Kiste is the author of  And Her Smile Will Untether the Universe , her debut fiction collection available now from

THERE ARE BOOKS FOR YOU IN HELL: Dark Regions Press to Raffle off 10 copes of The Eighth

Exciting news! I'm currently in the author spotlight (AH! IT BURNS) over at Dark Regions Press. We'll be doing some fun stuff over the next couple of weeks and right now,  Dark Regions Press is giving away 10 copies of my debut novel, The Eighth  over on Facebook and Twitter.  Be sure to like their page and head over to join the fun.  Book Summary : After Paimon, Lucifer’s top soul collector, falls in love with a mortal girl whose soul he is supposed to claim, he desperately tries everything in his power to save her from the Devil’s grasp. But what happens when a demon has to confront his demons, when he has to turn to something darker, something more sinister for help? Can Paimon survive the consequences of working with the Seven Deadly Sins-sins who have their own agenda with the Devil—or will he fall into a deeper, darker kind of hell? What They're Saying : "The Eighth is a stellar horror debut from Stephanie Wytovich. An intimate, painful map of


This year, I'm going to be attending/vending at the Merrimack Valley Halloween Festival in Haverhill, MA. I'll have copies of my poetry collections ( Hysteria: A Collection of Madness , Mourning Jewelry , An Exorcism of Angels , Brothel , and Sheet Music to My Acoustic Nightmare ), and my novel ( The Eighth ). The Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival 2018 will feature at least more than SIXTY authors, artists, and filmmakers. Panel discussions. Brand new book debuts. And, of course, Trick or Treat candy. Event Details : Saturday, October 13th, 2018, from 10am to 4:30pm. Haverhill Public Library Haverhill, MA I'm really excited for this event, not just because it will give me the chance to meet more readers, but also because I'll be getting to see my writing family again, some of who I only see maybe once a year (or maybe every other year at that). I'm also planning on taking some time to explore Massachusetts, and in additional to Haverhill, I'