About the Book

A careful study on estrangement and loss, The Price of a Small Hot Fire excavates the archetypal horrors of monstrous motherhood, from abandonment and unsteady reconciliation to the grave. Experimental and intimate, E.F. Schraeder’s collection gives voice to a semi-autobiographical examination of a griefscape from a queer lens.

This collection of poems is an emotional journey that will find readers clutching their hearts at both the subtle moments and those that cut like a knife. The raw feelings seep onto the pages, encompassing the vulnerability of open wounds, while at the same time cutting through a stone-like exterior to see the blood still inside. It’s not only a reading of poetry but an internal vibrating contemplation of the maternal relationship and how it molds us.

PREORDER NOW to get a $2 discount and receive a signed copy

“E.F. Schraeder’s wonderful collection The Price of a Small Hot Fire is a gleaming poetic knife: strong, sharp, and heart-carving.” – Lucy A. Snyder, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Exposed Nerves

“Schraeder writes with teeth sharpened by decades of grit and despair; vicious and morose in equal measure.” – Anton Cancre, author of This Story Doesn’t End the Way We Want All the Time

About the Artist

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 www.egolikeness.com.

About the Author

Co-editor of the feminist horror charity anthology In Trouble (Omnium Gatherum 2023), E.F. Schraeder is the author of the Imadjinn Award finalist book Liar: Memoir of a Haunting (Omnium Gatherum, 2021) and other works. Schraeder’s poetry, short fiction, and nonfiction have appeared in a number of journals and anthologies. A former gender studies professor, Schraeder holds an interdisciplinary Ph.D. and an advanced degree in Library Science. The Price of a Small Hot Fire will be Dr. Schraeder’s first full-length collection of poetry.