After a long hiatus I am back at it (blogging, podcasting, etc.) and I'm excited to discuss everything I'm currently into, and what's been happening lately! SO HERE WE GO.
I was recently followed by Claire C. Holland on Twitter, a fellow writer and horror fan who intrigued me after she added me to her "Women Into Horror" List. Now I don't make it a habit of following everyone back especially since I realized I had started to gain all types of horror fan followers after creating a horror inspired podcast a few years ago. It's not that I'm not into every single thing that everyone throws my way, or wants me to see, but Claire's pinned tweet caught my special attention. She is the author of I Am Not Your Final Girl, a book of final girl poetry.
How dope is that? A woman who wrote a book of poetry based on horror heroines? Girl. Yes, please! After scrolling through both her Twitter feed and the Amazon link to read the reviews on her book I was immediately sold. (Thank you 1-Click Amazon ordering!) Once the book had arrived I gently opened my package and discovered a beautifully bound book with kick ass art work cover to cover. The book is just under 100 pages of thoughtful, powerful, and poignant poetry inspired by all of our favorite final girls created with perfect timing given our current political climate.
She opens up the book with an introduction that really resonated with me. Claire is TIRED, Y'ALL! She touches on the exhaustion and weight that many women carry when it comes to misogyny, racists, and tired ass expectations. She definitely doesn't fail to mention our abusive President in office either. Leading up to her extremely clever poetry progressively divided by Assault, Possession, Destruction, and Transformation she informs the reader that though "things don't always end well for final girls," to Claire these were the "women she felt raging inside of her whose pain and fury help her deal with her own darkest moments." This is definitely reflected in the poetry throughout the book.
This book is all about women standing their ground and becoming inspired to smash the final girl trope as modern day women face modern day (and not so modern day) challenges. This has to be one of the most clever books I've picked up this year so far. I am glad to share this with all of you! This book is also for the NON horror fan because after reading it, you remember that these women are definitely the women in all of us! You can purchase your copy of the book here.
A few of my favorites from the book:
Jennifer (I Spit On Your Grave, 1978)
Sarah (The Descent, 2005)
Sally (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, 1974)
Laurie (Halloween, 1978)
Sarah (The Craft, 1996)
Nola (The Brood, 1979)
Mary (American Mary, 2012)
Jess (Black Christmas, 1974)
Clarice (The Silence of the Lambs, 1991)
There were so many that I loved.... hell I think I loved them all! Thank you Claire for sharing your words with the world! I am proud to own this book and to have it on my bookshelf. I hope you ladies AND gentlemen that are looking for an inspiring horror find pick up a copy!
Thanks for joining me!