Heaven and Hell are not places, nor times, but rather shared experiences. It’s a love whether dark or light, a passion whether of pleasure or pain, and there’s a beauty to the ugliness, a smile hidden amongst the tears. Heaven is often defined as paradise; Hell as damnation. The two, while opposites, more often than not, end up being one in the same, especially when it comes to falling in love.
So what happens when our Heaven falls in love with our Hell? When the very person who brings us every happiness and every joy, stabs and beats at our hearts, bruising our fantasy of “happily ever after”? What happens when we can’t walk away because the pain of love is better than no love at all? When we’d rather die every death again and again, than spend one moment away from our heart’s true content? Wytovich plays Virgil in a collection of celestial horror that challenges the definition of angels and demons, of love and hate. She weaves through tales of heartbreak and sorrow, through poems depicting lust and greed, as her words prove testament that Heaven and Hell can be one in the same, a paradise and an inferno. Her women, some innocent, some not, walk through the circles, fall off of clouds, deny their wings, and expose their hearts to demons and devils, to imps and to fiends. They turn their backs on everything they know, question their morals and their faith, all in the name of love, and together, the good help the bad, and the bad, help the good. Not every angel has wings just as not every demon has claws.
Wytovich shows us that love isn’t always the saving grace that we expect it to be. To her, there is no balance of darkness to light, no line between what one desires and what one gets. There’s no choosing who we fall in love with, and just as love is often Heaven, it can as easily be Hell.
What Are They Saying About An Exorcism of Angels
“Wytovich is the illegitimate lovechild of Edgar Allan Poe and Sylvia Plath.”
—Paul Goat Allen
“Wytovich once again is fierce in her depiction,, undaunted by the often horrifying nature of her subject matter. In some ways it seems that she is truly exorcising those angels/demons that afflict us in one fashion or another, whether it be external expectations, inner struggles, or personal failings,”
—Shane Douglas Keene, Shotgun Logic
“[Wytovich]took her can’t-look-away intertwining of sensual, ethereal beauty and dread abomination to another level with AN EXORCISM OF ANGELS. Pick it up for a short, intoxicating primer on how Wytovich suddenly became everyone’s new favorite dark poetess.”
“A very well-crafted collection of poems using genre metaphors and tropes to relate personal experiences and feelings — fears, desires, relationships, angst, realizations, etc. — of the author, often penned in the first person.”-Bruce Boston, author of The Nightmare Collection”Fall into a world where the angels themselves love, but the demonic will love you with more teeth. These are beautifully twisted poems of madness…”
—Mercedes M. Yardley, author of Pretty Little Dead Girls
“Stephanie M. Wytovich lays bare the darkest yearnings of the human – and inhuman – heart with scalpel-like precision. These are poems forged in hellfire and cooled by a dead lover’s kiss.”
–Tim Waggoner, author of The Way of All Flesh and Eat the Night
“…fascinates, disturbs and amazes in the manner of a dream that can’t decide between nightmare and heartbreak. In the end, the reader is left with broken wings, withdrawal symptoms, and beautiful, passionate poetry.”
–Peter Salomon, author of Prophets
“There is a lyrical beauty and a haunting, melancholy cadence to Wytovich’s work that is utterly irresistible.…Herein lies a world of pain, and it’s deliciously good.”
–Kealan Patrick Burke, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Kin and The Turtle Boy
“In the shadows of desire, hope becomes poison, and aching hearts are transformed by Wytovich’s unlimited imagination. Angels and demons dance on the infinite tip of this masterful collection. An Exorcism of Angels turns the pain of shattered love into mesmerizing music.”
—Linda D. Addison, award-winning author of How to Recognize a Demon Has Become Your Friend
“Wytovich’s words weave passages of pain and despair through haunting imagery and astute self-reflection.”
—Sèphera Girón author of Experiments in Terror
“…a voice certain to leave the reader both shaken and stirred.”
—Lawrence C. Connolly, author of Veins