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I don’t know if I have ever had so many reviews on a one week old book as we have on Tortured Willows right now… and such reviews. My head is spinning from all the responses but not just “great poetry” or “spooky reading.” The responses have been conversations.

The theme of all these reviews seems to be connection. Readers say they understand it more about Asian culture, or empathy because they’ve felt the same things. Some have discovered new things, concepts, perspectives. All have been flattering. That is why we wrote this collection. Thank you for all reviews, every word of feedback. To quote Elizabeth Miki Brina in Speak, Okinawa, we “feel seen, rather than exposed.” That is worth everything.

Tortured Willows for ebook should be available within 24 hours. Here are just a few of the reviews that have been filling the inbox.

Thank you Nat Whiston Reviews!


Tortured Willows, Skydiving, and the Magic of Poetry.
Geneve Flynn in a Guest Post on Stephanie Wytovich’s blog Join Me in the Madhouse.

The Horror Tree Blog Tour
Lee Murray — Cheongsam
Geneve Flynn –When The Girls Began to Fall

Epeolatry Book Reviews: Tortured Willows: Bent. Bowed. Unbroken


Finally! The long awaited day where the collection that has ripped my heart out is released to bring essential sorrow onto the rest of the world. Lee Murray, Geneve Flynn, K.P. Kulski, Rena Mason and I get together for this Launch Day event to celebrate not only Tortured Willows, but National Dark Poetry Day. Thank you everyone for all the amazing support and enthusiasm. I’ll post links to the book here when it’s available on Amazon.

While you wait, there’s already a bunch of reviews up on Goodreads and they are popping up all over the internet! Thank you so much for all of these! Here are a few links being sent to me:

Reed’s Literary Horror Review of ‘Tortured Willows’ by Christina Sng, Angela Yuriko Smith, Lee Murray, Geneve Flynn

Epeolatry Book Review: Tortured Willows by Lee Murray, Geneve Flynn, Christina Sng, & Angela Yuriko Smith


Sharing my book mail, current reads, recent reviews and all the lit news I’ve heard in the last week with a video reading from Naching T. Kassa. You can also view it on my Facebook profile and join the conversation there. By the way, these are affiliate links which go towards Amazon gift cards… and more books! What was covered today:


Smart People Should Build Things: How to Restore Our Culture of Achievement, Build a Path for Entrepreneurs, and Create New Jobs in America by Andrew Wang 

The War on Normal People: The Truth About America’s Disappearing Jobs and Why Universal Basic Income Is Our Future by Andrew Wang

Women of the Sacred Groves: Divine Priestesses of Okinawa by Susan Sered https://amzn.to/3kfFZWx

Speak, Okinawa by Elizabeth Miki Brina


Oriental Faddah and Son by Lee Tonouchi


Speak, Okinawa by Elizabeth Miki Brina (Read the review posted here)


Happy Birthday to my youngest son Aaron—22 years old today!

Tortured Willows COVER REVEAL on Sci-Fi and Scary

BRIANT LASLO is the AUTUMN IRON WRITER CHAMPION for 2021. He will be competing again in June 2022 for the title of Iron Writer Champion 2021. You can read his winning VIBRANCY here: https://ironwriters.com/2021/09/13/vibrancy/

Saturday 9-18 at 7:30 pm CST READ FOR PIXELS 2021: Writing Better Men and Tackling Toxic Masculinity in Horror The Pixel Project (www.thepixelproject.net) proudly presents acclaimed Horror authors Errick Nunnally, Kaaron Warren, and Stephen Graham Jones. The session is held in conjunction with the launch of The Pixel Project’s first Read For Pixels charity anthology, “Giving the Devil His Due”.  During this session, Mr Nunnally, Ms. Warren, and Mr Jones will be discussing dismantling toxic masculinity, sexism, and misogyny and writing better male characters in Horror. “Giving the Devil His Due” is available in e-book and paperback from all major booksellers worldwide from September 1st, 2021. Viewers can also donate to get fabulously cool and exclusive goodies for donors to the Read For Pixels 2021 (Fall Edition) fundraiser that will run from 1 September – 15 October. For more details, visit http://bit.ly/Read4Pixels

Sunday 9-19 at 2 pm CST POETRY INSTAGRAM LIVE I’ll be chatting poetry with Amy Zoellers at https://www.instagram.com/hipness_and_outrage/

Tuesday 9-21 at 6 pm CST LIT UP: JEZZY WOLFE The literary spotlight shines on Jezzy Wolfe as we talk about her new book, Monstrum Poetica. Jezzy will be reading. You can find Monstrum Poetica by Jezzy Wolfe on Amazon. Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_yjrhAZRfc

The first SPECFAIRe will go live on October 8 https://specfaire.com/

Iron Writers Votes open until 9-30 https://ironwriters.com/

New books will be hard to come by for the rest of the year

Naching T. Kassa reads “Along for the Ride,” her entry for Iron Writers June
Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXd-yqWSOOs&t=7s
Read-a-long: https://ironwriters.com/2021/06/11/along-for-the-ride/

Naching T. Kassa is a member of the Horror Writers Association, Head of Publishing for Horroraddicts.net, and an Intern for Crystal Lake Publishing. She resides near the small town of Valley, Washington, with her husband Dan. They are the proud parents of three children and a dog. You can find her on Amazon here: https://amzn.to/3AnEMC3