Stephanie Wytovich is the author of the poetry collections HYSTERIA, MOURNING JEWELRY, AN EXORCISM OF ANGELS, BROTHEL and the novel THE EIGHTH. She has also contributed to anthologies such as GUTTED: BEAUTIFUL HORROR STORIES and WHERE NIGHTMARES COME FROM. She is an active member of the Horror Writers Association, and a graduate of Seton Hill University’s MFA program for Writing Popular Fiction. She also holds the position of editor for Raw Dog Screaming Press, and mentor with Crystal Lake Publishing.
Awards – Wins and Nominations
Best Poetry Collection, An Exorcism of Angels, 2016 (Bram Stoker)
Best Poetry Collection, Morning Jewelry, 2015 (Bram Stoker)
Best Poetry Collection, Hysteria, 2014 (Bram Stoker)
Best Poetry Collection, Sheet Music to My Acoustic Nightmare, 2017 (Bram Stoker)
Check out our LOHF interview with Stephanie Wytovich
Most Recently Published Book (as of September 2018)
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, shows the mask that was skinned off her face time and time again. There’s a brutality to her lines that cuts with the same knife she fantasized about it, her blood and tears mixed in with stanzas as she talks about suicide and abuse, heartbreak and falling in love.
Written during a time when the road was her home, these poems were sung under the stars and screamed in the woods, carved into trees. They are broken bottles and cigarette butts, stale coffee and smeared lipstick, each its own warning, a tale of caution.
Listen to them carefully.
They very well might save your life.
- Graciecat’s 5 star review