COVER REVEAL: Exposed Nerves, by Lucy A. Snyder

Exposed Nerves is the forthcoming Poetry Collection by Award-Winning author Lucy A. Snyder

Raw Dog Screaming Press (RDSP) is pleased to reveal the cover for Exposed Nerves by Lucy A. Snyder, which will be released in late September 2021. It is available for preorder now. and all copies will come with a bookplate signed by the author. The painting used for the cover is by acclaimed artist and illustrator Steven Archer.

“I was really struck by Steven Archer’s digital painting ‘The World Witch’ and I was glad that RDSP was able to use it for the collection’s cover,” Snyder said. “Through its naked female figure, it conveys a mix of the beautiful and the grotesque, the agonizing and the serene, the vulnerable and the powerful, the mundane and the supernatural, and I think that imagery fits very well with the themes of the book. You always want an attractive cover that gives prospective readers an accurate idea of what’s in the pages, and Archer’s art does that for Exposed Nerves.”

It’s the fifth book RDSP will release by Snyder, but the first poetry collection. The poems, almost fifty of them, will touch most of the genres, creating a mix of heavy and emotional as well as playful pieces.

PRE-ORDER HERE – all copies will come with a signed bookplate

Exposed Nerves will be a bit of a departure for people who’ve so far only read my novels or short stories,” Snyder said. “About half the poems in this collection have horror or science fictional themes and have appeared in venues such as Vastarien and Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine. The other poems are firmly grounded in real life and explore themes and situations that have affected me as a human being. There’s whimsy here, but also pain and anger and hope.”

Exposed Nerves, Book Description –

Exposed Nerves continues the explorations into dark poetry by Bram Stoker Award winner and Shirley Jackson Award nominee Lucy A. Snyder, pairing the author’s sly wordplay and imagery with grim introspection. By turns challenging, wryly amusing and gut-wrenching, Snyder’s work plumbs bittersweet catharsis and maps a survivor’s path through dangerous worlds, both the real and the horrifically imagined.

Exposed Nerves vibrates with energy and rewards with clarity of vision.” —Mary Turzillo, Stoker-nominated and Elgin Award-winning poet

Praise for Lucy A. Snyder’s Stoker-winning poetry collection Chimeric Machines

“(This) may be the best collection of poetry I’ve read in years … There is not one poem in Chimeric Machines that doesn’t fit in place like a delicately carved piece of a complex and consuming puzzle. … There is no other writer working today quite like Lucy A. Snyder.”— Hellnotes

“What Snyder accomplishes in less than eighty pages is an emotional scoring that few can approach. … This is (real life), given breath and teeth, stood out in front of the world in all its beautiful grime. Her work is emotional, powerful, and will shake a person’s foundations … I applaud this collection.”— Scott A. Johnson, author of City of Demons

“Snyder is a massively talented writer — the sort who knows how to make you take a gulp when you hit the ending of a story or poem — and this poetry collection made me gulp with awe on virtually every page.” — Michael A. Arnzen, author of Proverbs for Monsters

“Her poetry is powerful, honest, playful … this is not the first time she has walked dangerous, uncertain roads with her work and I hope it will not be the last.”— Horror News

Steven Archer, Artist –

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Steven Archer is an artist and musician living near Baltimore, MD. He has a BFA from the Corcoran School of Art in Washington DC and has shown his work at galleries and other venues throughout the east coast. His illustrated edition of “The Masque of the Red Death” by Edgar Allan Poe was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award. He is the author and illustrator of the children’s book Luna Maris and he frequently does commission work as well as book covers. His solo music project Stoneburner was recently signed to COP International Records and he is half of the dark wave gothic rock duo Ego Likeness (Metropolis Records). For more information about Ego Likeness, please visit

Lucy A. Snyder, Author –

Lucy A. Snyder is the Shirley Jackson Award-nominated and five-time Bram Stoker Award-winning author of fifteen books. Her most recent titles are the short story collection Halloween Season and the forthcoming novel Apocalypse Apocrypha. Her first poetry collection, Chimeric Machines, won the Stoker. Over fifty of her poems have appeared in publications such as Asimov’s Science Fiction, Weirdbook, Vastarien, and Nightmare Magazine. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with a small jungle of houseplants, a clowder of cats, and an insomnia of housemates. You can learn more about her at and you can follow her on Twitter at @LucyASnyder.

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