Even at her most humorous, you could still hear the pain underneath. She was a walking dichotomy—wanting to be wanted just as much as not caring about people hating her, and went against the grain, both as a writer and a person.
Kurt Vonnegut Jr
I took my mom’s copy of Slaughterhouse-five when I was 8 or so and became obsessed, vowing to read it over and over until I understood it. Needless to say, it took a few years. I read everything else much later and it always felt like I was reading something I found hidden in an attic, written by a family member I wished I had—so familiar and safe, and I have no idea why.
Blood, sex, death, body horror, torment, beauty, pain, vengeance. In each story, he encompasses every circle of hell and every deadly sin.
It takes a hell of a writer to almost make you feel sorry for a pedophile. Also, he was a lepidopterist, and that makes me happy.
He seemed like someone with a heart too big for his own good and a tattered, ugly soul, but he told the truth about people and society, and could cut you with his words. If I’d known him, I probably would’ve both hated him and idolized him.
Donna Lynch is a Bram Stoker Award-nominated horror/ dark fiction author & poet, lead singer, lyricist, & cofounder of the band Ego Likeness, and creator of the Garbage Witch line of clothes & accessories. Geography nerd, obsessed with pools, demons, witches, driving, & goats. Lives in Maryland with husband, artist & musician Steven Archer.