Women in Horror: Reyna Young

WiHM11-GrrrlWhiteWhen did you discover poetry and who/what influenced you?

When I was younger I don’t know where I got it but I began reading an Edgar Allan Poe book, I fell in love with his words. As I got older I was reading whatever poetry I could get my hands on, especially Sylvia Plath. I started writing at a young age, poetry, stories, etc. I just love poetry; there’s something relaxing about cuddling up with your blanket and reading a poetry book.

Why do you write poetry?

I love to write poetry; there’s something quite therapeutic about it. I feel like poetry for me is all about getting out my emotions I hold in. Writing down how I feel through poetry helps me with my thoughts, and my emotions and my depression I have suffered since I was a little girl.

What do you think is the most difficult aspect in writing poetry?

Wanting to write but having a block, sometimes I can sit down and do some writing but I have to be in the mood for it. Poetry is a form of art that takes a lot out of me.

Do you explore particular themes? What are they and why?Young book

I write when I am emotionally stressed out or depressed so my theme really would be dark, depressing poetry. I have a book of published poetry through Black Bed Sheet Books called Dislocated Thoughts and they are poems I wrote through high school. So a lot of depressing, teen angst and breaking up with boyfriend type of poetry. So I guess you can say I write depressing poetry.

All in All

All in all
I thought you were the one
All in all
I thought I was done
All in all
You weren’t the one
All in all
I am done

Take me
Only to hate me
Only to see me
Then throw me out

Take me
Only to use me
Only to cheat on me
I can’t keep count

I thought I was special
But you lied
I thought I was the only one
In the end I tried

So – leave already
I said I was done
Stay away from me
I want you gone

From my head
From my thoughts
From my memories
But most of all
From my heart

All in all
I thought you were the one
All in all
I thought I was done
All in all
You weren’t the one
All in all
I am done

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What is it about dark (speculative) poetry that you think attracts people to read it?

People need outlets to go too when they are feeling blue. If it helps listening to a song or reading poetry, whatever helps them feel better and know that someone else is going through what they are or that you did go through it, helps people. I feel that’s why I read dark poetry, sometimes I need to read something or listen to a song or watch a movie. It helps.

What projects (publications) are you working on or have coming up?

I’m actually working on my second poetry book right now; I’m hoping to have it come out later this year. I am also working on an all women horror anthology book with stories written by 13 women and another Monsters book will be released in a few months, and my debut novel very soon. Been very busy over here.

Is there anything else you would like to say about horror or poetry?

Right now we are working hard at editing our fifth feature film; we’re hoping to have that wrapped up later this year and gearing up to shoot another feature film. I will also be heading into season seven of my show Miss Misery’s Movie Massacre in which I host late night horror movies.

YoungReyna Young resides in San Francisco California with her husband John Gillette and son Logan Gillette. Together they both run Last Doorway Productions, an independent film company. She is also known as TV Horror Hostess Miss Misery of Miss Misery’s Movie Massacre, Director, Actress and Author of the books Dislocated Thoughts and her Monsters book series which includes The Creature of Stowe Cabin, Hanover Falls, Horror Lullabies and Mr. Torture, published by Black Bed Sheet Books. She also continues publishing horror comic books through Scattered Comics. http://www.lastdoorwayproductions.com

 

 

 

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One response to “Women in Horror: Reyna Young

  1. Colleen, I’m so glad you interviewed Reyna. She’s a good friend, a good poet and a great film maker. You should also interview Claire Llewellyn of Bloody Brit Productions. She’s made movies and wrote a terrific volume of poetry.

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