The Black Widow

by Louise Worthington

SYNOPSISThe Black Widow is a collection of poetry influenced by true crime poetry and literary heroines. The spider’s web is a powerful metaphor for exploring cases of injustice and abused women who kill. This emotive collection gives voice to those unjustly convicted, to abuse survivors and their children, and to the foster carers who look after them. The influences of literature inspire poems from the perspective of Lady Macbeth, Madame Bovary and the Duchess of Malfi.

MY THOUGHTS – I found these poems which are inspired by true crime to be highly satisfying. Much better than I expected them to be, for something I’d never encountered before. I just found them evocative and stirring, perhaps due to my grief and lack of sleep but I like them just the same.

PUBLISHER – Red Escape Publishing- 82 pages

PUBLICATION DATE – Nov 3rd, 2022


ABOUT THE AUTHOR – Hello! I write psychological fiction to make readers think twice.

I started writing psychological thrillers and horror in 2019 after studying for a postgraduate diploma in psychology and reading true crime non-fiction. My degree is in literature, and I taught English in secondary schools for many years. The emotional pull of a story is very important to me, both as a reader and a writer.

I am a member of the Society of Authors and the Horror Writers Association (HWA). My latest work-in-progress, a psychological horror novel, recently won the top spot on Litopia with agent Peter Cox.

My family and I live in Shropshire, a rural, historic county in the UK. My day job is tutoring and running a farm with my husband.

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