Now an Elgin award-nominated book!
From Claire C. Holland, a timely collection of poetry that follows the final girl of slasher cinema - the girl who survives until the end - on a journey of retribution and reclamation. From the white picket fences of 1970s Haddonfield to the apocalyptic end of the world, I Am Not Your Final Girl confronts the role of women in relation to subjects including feminism, violence, motherhood, sexuality, and assault in the world of Trump and the MeToo movement. Each poem centers on a fictional character from horror cinema, and explores the many ways in which women find empowerment through their own perceived monstrousness.
7/19 I Am Not Your Final Girl received an Elgin award nomination!
6/12/19 Horror After Dark gave I Am Not Your Final Girl the “highest recommendation,” and said: “I normally don’t actively seek out books of poetry – except for a few notable authors. However, this collection that you can ‘feel’ deep inside as you read, is the kind that had me going back and re-reading selections immediately.”
5/14/19 A new review from Kat’s Books: “There has been a lot of talk about how this poetry collection connects to the state of ‘womanhood’ today; women need to read this empowering literature and poetry.”
5/2/19 Read two brand new horror poems that will be in my next poetry collection on Oh, For the Hook of a Book!
4/29/19 Read National Poetry Month: Talking about I Am Not Your Final Girl and Feminine Anger by Sonora Taylor.
4/11/19 I Am Not Your Final Girl was a featured book on the Ladies of Horror Fiction!
4/11/19 Fishmuffins of Doom reviewed: “I have never been so emotionally affected by poetry. Claire C. Holland masterfully captures each character as they are in the film and relates their experience to women today, whether it be in surviving emotional or physical abuse, being ignored, rejecting the status quo, not fitting into society's view of women, or long for some sort of connection.”
4/9/19 Review from We Who Walk Here, Walk Alone: “Each woman becomes the star of her own movie, and the reader must reorient their thinking to recognize her as a fully realized being of (all-too-fragile, yet incredibly strong) flesh and bone.”
4/4/19 Features of Fright book review: “These are gut wrenching, heartbreaking battle cries laid out across every page. In a world that is just beginning to listen to survivors, this collection is poignant and ever so important…. Holland has curated the patron saints of tragedy and trauma, and they fight for all survivors.”
12/26/18 That’s What She Read also named I Am Not Your Final Girl a Best Book of 2018!
12/2/18 I Am Not Your Final Girl was reviewed on That’s What She Read.
11/25/18 Read a review of the book on Black Girl’s Guide to Horror.
11/19/18 Read a review of I Am Not Your Final Girl at Shelf Stalker.