Severe(d) is a creepy poetry collection that glows in the dark. It was written by Holly Riordan and printed and published in an edition of 1,000 copies in 2017 by Thought Catalog Books. It was illustrated by the lovely Rachel Jablonski.
Severe(d) features a delightfully morbid suite of poems about love, loss, addiction and healing. Holly Riordan is known for her horror fiction writing. In Severe(d), she twists the bones of conventional love poetry into haunting and bloody crime scenes about heartbreak, grief, anger and (yes) even a bit of healing, albeit with a can of gasoline. The cover was printed on 100# Mohawk Satin Navajo Brilliant White Smooth to give an uncoated feel, and the print technique includes a glow-in-the-dark spot treatment to reveal an exploded female figure on the front of the book while enhancing a cast of eerie ghouls on the back. A pure delight to design, this is one my favorite books to share, especially in the dark.