“Demons come in many forms
Some with teeth and some with horns
But none so vicious as the hordes
That came to be when you were born.”
-Introduction Choking Back the Devil by Donna Lynch
Let’s kick off this review with 5 glittery black stars!!!
To start with, I wasn’t too familiar with a lot of horror poetry- actually none at all to be more precise. That being said, I don’t have a whole lot to compare it to, but that’s ok. I just fell in love with the diversity of this creative writing! My heart swallowed all the short and sweet poetry and devoured it whole! I am now a HUGE fan of this style of expression and I will be diving into plenty more to be certain! Donna Lynch holds nothing back when writing her words onto paper…she grabs you by the throat and holds you until you’re finished with the last sentence! I’m not sure if it’s the genre or just her book, but you usually interpret poetry in your own way, and I saw this as a fine lined tight rope of horror and personal mental demons of insanity. It can be viewed and loved in so many many ways!
When I was in my teens, I dabbled in some of my own poetry (little tidbit of something no one really knows…) I wrote down my feelings when I was struggling in life situations with my own creative way of using a tool to release how I was coping. I would turn up the music, get lost, and just write…..I still have those notebooks with me somewhere. It’s in my experience, a great method to free oneself of their demons per say. Maybe one day I’ll release some, maybe I won’t- it’s a really brave thing to put your words and heart on your sleeve and release it out to the wild for everyone to see. I applaud Donna Lynch for her bravery, her passion, and her undying trust to us readers to take a peek inside her mind! Bravo for entrusting us with this piece of heart and soul you’ve created!
Let’s give this lady some recognition for her beautiful heart felt book and remember woman in horror are just as glorious and horrifying as all the wonderful men authors among them. If you’ve never really read horror poetry or you have and you’re a fan like me now, this book will be straight up your ally and work its way into your soul if you allow it to. I reread this 3 times (and I’m sure I’ll always go back to it), it just had me in awe! Amazing read, stunning!