I recently got this book, wanted to find some modern poetry, and here it is. I’ve got books on English poets and older works of poetry, but to see what was going on these days in the world of poetry I jumped into the deep end.

I learned about spoken word poetry and the poet Sarah Kay. This recommendation is not by Sarah Kay just explaining my journey to this beautiful work. As many of you know I work in graphic design often and I’m an artist so when I get the chance to find something that marries the two I get excited. This book is both of these things. It’s beautifully formatted and is a graphic sampler for the eyes.

I don’t know much of Wilder, but her work is beautiful as well as her Instagram account. She has a flow that bubbles from one platform over to others she really is a visual storyteller. I really could go on and on about this, but here check her Instagram out.


Nocturnal is a collection of words and imagery inspired by darkened skies and sleepless nights.
it is a journey of healing and self-discovery whether love stays or leaves. it is dreaming with your eyes wide open while the rest of the world is hiding.

and when they ask me,
are you afraid of the dark?
i will remind them that
there’s nothing to fear
when the night is a reason
we can see how honest
everything shines
while the rest of the world
is hiding.

I decided for the month of February that I would suggest some recommendations. Long ago I ate books. Over the years, this appetite has slowed down but is still there. It’s a common question in interviews, ‘What do you read?’ I’ve answered many things over my career, some the same answer sometimes changing it up, but always having something.

So all month long, for February, every day there will be a new recommendation for a book I’ve actually read. You might be surprised to see some of the items listed and probably some very common finds. What does a horror writer read? Anything like everyone else!

Another note on these posts, I tell a bit about how the book came into my world, sharing a personal story with every post. The covers I post…I tried very hard to find covers that are either the exact same of the copy I have or something similar. This begs the question, why not just take a picture of your own copy? I am not the best photographer, check any social media of mine, and I wanted something very clear for this blog project.

February is a month that also recognizes Women in Horror. I have in some shape or form participated in this for the past several years. This is another project I have done for this month.

Check out these two Women in Horror Month activities:

Horror Tree: Purging Method

Dirty Little Horror Website