NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL HORROR! by tommy wyatt blake (PRINT)
PRAISE FOR NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL HORROR!
POETRY BY tommy wyatt blake
“tommy wyatt blake’s NOW THAT”S WHAT I CALL HORROR! is an unabashed and unapologetic exploration of trauma and sexual abuse through the lens of horror. The poetry glitches with puce-yellow footage, ripples of static zigzagging through the manuscript. Reading this book feels like a genuine horror movie – the words get under your skin and leave you feeling turned inside-out. Its horror elements only enhance the stories behind each piece, revealing the real horror of abusers through raw lines like “you broke in cold waters, soaking up a sky with no moon, your bodies floating and gibbous.” This book swells with an aching need to be heard. Its words will carve your insides, leave you with ragged ribs and an open jaw. Enter at your own risk – there are horrors here and horrors there, graveyards of VHS tapes and summer dusks swollen with bloodshot eyes, TV static glimmering with washed-out faces and bodies floating in the lake. Any avid fan of American Horror Story, Pearl, or Midsommar will be sure to eat up every page and appreciate the raw, genuine, aching story.”
—Dre Levant, author of icarus rising (kith books ’23) and jack invites werewolves to the tea party (Alien Buddha Press ’23)
“NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL HORROR! is a beautifully grotesque collection of poems influenced by horror films. tommy wyatt blake stitches together uniquely wretched imagery with wonderfully vivid descriptions. Their use of wild and alternative formats is amazing, with some of the coolest pieces of transformative work that I’ve seen. Poems followed by blacked-out versions of themselves, chatroom windows, I adored each and every one of them! There are phrases and descriptions which repeat throughout the book like a haunting in real-time. I loved how these poems burst forth covered in blood and sick, and glorious.”
—Will Roberds-King, just a lil guy
“The works in NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL HORROR! are superb! tommy wyatt blake’s skill is on full display as he crafts intense and visceral imagery to stay in your head for days on end. Standouts are ‘sensory_stimulation’, ‘the swallowing//good girl’, and ‘she told you she didn’t want you’.”
—Santiago, author and illustrator of Mutant Desert Adventure
tommy wyatt blake has two degrees: a BA degree in English Literature, focusing on popular culture studies, and a MS in Publishing, focusing on marketing and digital platforms.
© 2023 NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL HORROR!
by tommy wyatt blake and Gutslut Press.
First Edition: October 2023.
Published in the United States by Gutslut Press.
RELEASE DATE: October 31st, 2023