BOOK DEAL: Monstrum Poetica

Raw Dog Screaming Press takes pride in bringing some of the strongest dark poetic voices, new and veteran, to readers each year. In that vein, RDSP is thrilled to announce the signing of Jezzy Wolfe’s debut poetry collection Monstrum Poetica. It will be published in 2021 with a foreword by New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry.

What Can You Expect?

Everyone loves a good monster. They are the mysterious foe that haunts our nightmares. They are behind the strange, unidentified noises in the middle of the night. The suspicious creak in our closets or scratches under our beds. The shadows that hide as soon as we spin around. We are simultaneously terrified and enthralled by the creatures of our fantasies.

Monstrum Poetica is my love song to the monsters that wait in our nightmares, realized through verses that move across pages,” Wolfe said. “It is a selection of singular dances embedded in the shadows of the horrific.”

This debut poetry collection from Jezzy Wolfe, is a tribute to these creatures. It features the monsters we know best, as well as monsters from all over the world that are wonderfully creepy and terrifying. In fifty short poems she explores seventeen of these fantastic beasts from darkest folklore and legends.

In his foreword, Maberry says, “It’s always a delight when I discover a new poet whose star is on the rise. The poems are short, more like daggers than swords, and they pierce the heart and the mind. They are dark and witty, insightful, and dreadful.”

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“As an emerging poet, I cannot be more thrilled and gratified to work with Raw Dog Screaming Press, whose reputation as a publisher of some of the best horror poetry available is widely respected,” Wolfe said.

What They’re Saying

“Wolfe’s Monstrum Poetica gives fascinating information on little-known fiends then offers accompanying poems that bring these monsters to life, terrifying verses that make us want to hide in a corner and plea for mercy.” —Elizabeth Massie, author of Sineater, Hell Gate, the Ameri-Scares series

“For those who appreciate dark poetry, herein is a tasty dish of disturbing poems, thanks to the language skills of an accomplished word-monger. Each and all, terrifyingly original. Rest assured, there’s not a tired or trite poem in this outstanding collection!” —Marge Simon, multiple Bram Stoker Winner, Grand Master poet, SFPA

“…a wondrous journey through some of the world’s most famous and infamous creatures and folklore. This is a book to keep on the bookshelf–to explore its mysteries and enjoy its poetic forms again and again. ” —John Palisano, Bram Stoker Award-Winning author of Ghost Heart, President of The Horror Writers Association

Jezzy Wolfe, Biography –

Jezzy Wolfe is a poet and author who has appeared in numerous anthologies and publications, such as Smart Rhino’s Zippered Flesh trilogy and the Insidious Assassins anthology, Crystal Lake’s Shallow Waters anthology, Western Legends’ Unnatural Tales of the Jackalope, and Space & Time Magazine, to name a few.

When she is not hiking trails or being chased by her ferrets, you can find her on her blog at, on Facebook at, and on Twitter at @JezzyWolfe.

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