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Friday, February 22, 2019

Women in Horror Month #11: Christina Sng, Stoker Award-Winning Poet Behind A COLLECTION OF NIGHTMARES

Thanks for stopping by, everybody!  I'm very excited about today's guest, a Bram Stoker Award-winning poet.  Let's meet her briefly and then jump right into the interview.

About Christina Sng:

Christina Sng is an award-winning poet, writer, and artist. Her work has appeared in numerous venues worldwide, including "Apex Magazine," "Dreams and Nightmares," "Fantastic Stories of the Imagination," "New Myths," and "Polu Texni." She is the author of the Bram Stoker Award-winning A COLLECTION OF NIGHTMARES (Raw Dog Screaming Press, 2017) and Elgin Award winner ASTROPOETRY (Alban Lake Publishing, 2017). Her poems have received nominations in the Rhysling Awards, the Dwarf Stars, as well as honorable mentions in the YEAR'S BEST HORROR AND FANTASY, and the BEST HORROR OF THE YEAR. Christina is also an avid gardener and an accomplished musician, and can be found most days in a dark corner deadheading her flowers while humming Vivaldi to the swaying branches. Visit her at TwitterFacebook, and her website.


SK: How are you involved in the world of horror?

CS:  I write horror poetry and fiction.

SK: Who or what terrifies you?

CS:  The capacity of cruelty in people.

SK: Are there unique challenges to being a woman in horror or do you feel like gender is irrelevant?

CS:  I have long admired women writers such as Linda Addison, Marge Simon, Charlee Jacob, Storm Constantine, and Rain Graves who produce incredible, award-winning work and whose stellar reputations always precede them. Since I began submitting poetry for publication in 2000, I have been buoyed by the support the industry has given me and would like to think that my gender is irrelevant.

In any case, promotion is absolutely necessary, particularly in this information era where even the best work can be lost in the masses. Women in Horror Month is a wonderful source of help, but more importantly, has built a community of writers lifting each other up and supporting each other’s work. To me, that sense of camaraderie and family is everything.

SK: Who are your favorite female horror icons?

CS:  Buffy, Ripley, Jeryline, Elvira, Morticia, Michonne, and Death are my favorite female horror icons. 

SK: What are you working on/promoting currently? Why should folks check it out?

CS:  I’m currently promoting my Bram Stoker Award-winning book of poetry A COLLECTION OF NIGHTMARES, which features my best published work since 2000.


Hold your screams and enter a world of seasonal creatures, dreams of bones, and confessions modeled from open eyes and endless insomnia. Christina Sng’s A COLLECTION OF NIGHTMARES is a poetic feast of sleeplessness and shadows, an exquisite exhibition of fear and things better left unsaid. Here are ramblings at the end of the world and a path that leads to a thousand paper cuts at the hands of a skin carver. There are crawlspace whispers, and fresh sheets gently washed with sacrifice and poison, and if you’re careful in this ghost month, these poems will call upon the succubus to tend to your flesh wounds and scars.

These nightmares are sweeping fantasies that electrocute the senses as much as they dull the ache of loneliness by showing you what’s hiding under your bed, in the back of your closet, and inside your head. Sng’s poems dissect and flower, her autopsies are delicate blooms dressed with blood and syntax. Her words are charcoal and cotton, safe yet dressed in an executioner’s garb.

Dream carefully.

You’ve already made your bed.

The nightmares you have now will not be kind.

And you have no one to blame but yourself.

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