Sara Tantlinger

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Associated Works

Into the Forest: Tales of the Baba Yaga (2022) — Avustaja — 48 kappaletta
The Hideous Book of Hidden Horrors (2022) — Avustaja — 15 kappaletta
Literally Dead: Tales of Halloween Hauntings (2022) — Avustaja — 14 kappaletta
Under Her Skin (A Women in Horror Poetry Collection, 1) (2022) — Avustaja — 12 kappaletta
We are Wolves: A Horror Anthology (2020) — Avustaja — 12 kappaletta
The Twisted Book Of Shadows (2019) — Avustaja — 6 kappaletta
Campfire Macabre (2020) — Avustaja — 6 kappaletta
No Trouble at All (2023) — Avustaja — 4 kappaletta
Les Petites Morts (2023) — Avustaja — 2 kappaletta
Were Tales: A Shapeshifter Anthology (2021) — Avustaja — 2 kappaletta
Chiral Mad 5 — Avustaja — 1 kappale

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First off: The poetry itself gets a 4/5. This is my first exposure to Sara Tantlinger and it will certainly not be the last. She is one of the most gifted contemporary poets I have had the pleasure of reading.
The reason this book gets only 3/5 from me: Roughly the first two thirds of this collection seem to have a pretty linear progression, following outbreaks of bubonic plague through time. The last third of the book suddenly switches to plagues in general, including the metaphorical, while flipping back and forth between the 20th and 21st century. It doesn't quite seem to fit in with the rest of the collection. As well as this, there are recurring human-parasite references throughout the collection, though mostly in the final half. I can definitely see the temptation to tie that concept in, but it is such a hackneyed theme. A little too Ferngully (though I do love that movie).… (lisätietoja)
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eurydactyl | 1 muu arvostelu | Jul 20, 2023 |
I'm not going to beat around the bush; I absolutely love this collection of plague poetry! The writing is beautiful, the imagery is exquisite (though ghastly and disturbing), and the focus on the Black Death is so cool...though a little unnerving considering when I read this (i.e. middle of a pandemic).

There are lots of intriguing overarching topics that span the collection; from the idea that this was either punishment or abandonment by God, to the utter havoc this disease caused in society, to the idea that it killed indiscriminately and leveled social classes. I also love how the author gives us a glimpse into the various perspectives from the time period. We see how the plague affected both prince and pauper alike, and some of my favorite poems are the ones written from the POV of people like the "Village Gravediggers" and the "Brothers of the Dead" (beaked plague doctors). There are also some cool poems that personify the disease as various demons, malicious spirits, and even a horseman of the apocalypse (Pestilence, of course).

It would appear that Tantlinger did her research for this collection. No one could write with such vivid authenticity about buboes, hemorrhaging, and puss otherwise (I hope). It also shows in poems such as "The Siege of Caffa" which is about diseased bodies being launched over city walls during wartime, and "Death Ships," which is about how the plague came to Sicily by boat. Such poems lend another level of weight and authenticity to what is already a well-thought-out collection. So many of these poems had me wanting to spend hours researching the terrifying historical veracity that spawned them.

I could go on and on about the poems in this collection. Like how there's one about people, in their petrified ignorance, who tried killing dogs and cats but left the rats alive. Or one about an awful storm that blows into a port city and exacerbates the disease. Or the ones toward the end of the collection that reach into the present and examine other infectious diseases, such as schistosomiasis, cysticercosis, and even covid. I could go on and on, but I'd rather you just go experience them for yourself!!
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Reading_Vicariously | 1 muu arvostelu | May 22, 2023 |
I've got some admittedly mixed feelings about this collection. On one hand, there are some gorgeous dark poems that made me glad to have picked up the collection, and when I first started reading the collection, I couldn't put it down, I enjoyed the work so much. As the collection kept unfolding, however, a few things became clear. First, there are definitely some poems here which don't hold their own weight, and while you could argue they belong in the collection thematically, it also doesn't feel as if they contribute anything not already offered by plenty of other poems in the collection, so losing those more dead-weight poems would have made for a stronger collection. Second, this is such a tightly themed collection, the images and ideas get repetitive, and I fear there's no other way to say it. If this had been a chapbook-length collection featuring perhaps a third of the poems here, chosen from among the best, I'd be in love with this work and shouting its praise to anyone who'd listen. As is, though...even though I could recognize the power in some of the images and language when it came to poems from around the mid-point on, a lot of the power was lost because they were striking the exact same notes and meanings as earlier poems.

I'm not sure I've ever appreciated poems by an author in a way that left me not so keen to check out their future full collections, but more interested in seeing what they'd have pop up in batches of 1-3 poems in journals, but that's how I feel here. I wish this collection had been pared down so that the whole would have had more impact, without the repetition that does get monotonous, or that some of these poems had been changed out for others which might have offered more breadth to the collection.

There are some gems here, but in terms of the collection as a whole, things felt a bit repetitive and unfinished, with a lot of the weaker poems being so simple and repetitive in meaning that they might as well have been a stanza taken from others.
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whitewavedarling | Jul 27, 2022 |
"A collection of short horror stories and poems resurrect the spirit of the Gothic Blue Book. Gothic Blue Books were short Gothic fictions popular in the 18th and 19th century."

That's a description that really caught my eye, so when I was offered an ARC, I jumped on the chance and here we are. This anthology has something for everyone, but the connecting thread is Krampus. Who knew these authors could come up with such a variety of stories around this theme? Following are just a few that stood out for me:

THE ASPIRANT HEIRESS by Deanna Baran. A nasty little tale about a wicked stepmother.

A CREATURE WAS STIRRING by Samson Stormcrow Hayes. A tale about a naughty little boy and his cereal.

BLACK LACE BINDING by Laurel Hightower. What reader doesn't love a story about a book?

LETTERS TO KRAMPUS by Matt Jean. You can't trust a little boy to do the right thing when presents are involved!

ALL QUIET ON THE NORTHERN FRONT by Kara Race-Moore. Two sets of soldiers meet Krampus in a bombed out convent. (Krampus is everywhere!)

CHRISTMAS EVE by K.R. Smith. A sad tale about a woman traveling alone with her child through the ice and snow….to a convent.

KRAMPUS by Austrian Spencer. Swipe left for NICE!

HERE WE COME A-CAROLING by Angela Sylvaine. Don't let them hear you sing. This tale knocked me out!

There are several other stories here and some poems as well, featuring WHEN SHE VISITS by Cindy O'Quinn, I AM A FORTRESS by Shane Douglas Keene, and Sara Tatlinger's THE YULE CAT among others, all of them varying degrees of good and great.

I see no way for any fan of dark fiction to dislike this widely varied collection. There truly is something here for everyone! Cheers to Cynthia and Gerardo Pelayo, who curated this volume. It features authors both known and novices, and tales both naughty and nice.

Highly recommended!

Get your copy here:

*I received a paperback ARC from the publisher in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it!*
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