Delicious Horror: EV Knight & Stephanie Wytovich

It’s a very spooky Sunday here on Delicious Horror with two wicked and wonderful guests. Check out what EV Knight and Stephanie Wytovich have in store!

E.V. Knight

EV Knight writes horror and dark fiction. Her debut novel, The Fourth Whore, was released in early 2020 by Raw Dog Screaming Press. A novella titled Dead Eyes is due to be published in November 2020 as part of Unnerving’s Rewind or Die series.

EV’s short stories can be found in Siren’s Call magazine and the anthologies: Monstrous Feminine from Scary Dairy Press, The Toilet Zone from Hellbound Books, and More Lore from the Mythos and its upcoming second volume due to be released in 2021 from Fractured Mind Publishing. She also had a poem in the HWA 2019 Poetry Showcase titled “Nothing”.  A graduate of Seton Hill University, she received her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction in January 2019. She enjoys all things macabre; whether they be film, TV, podcast, novel, or short story. She lives in the cold northern woods of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula with her family and their three hairless cats.

Tell us what horror book you chose to highlight and why it’s a favorite of yours:

American Psycho, in its mundane realism, terrifies me. Patrick Bateman, a rich yuppie, has no feelings, no empathy or remorse. He is, in fact, a psychopathic serial killer. And yet, he blends in perfectly with his niche of rich WASPy young men and women. Everyone in this group is shallow. It’s not about who you are, it’s what you have and when you have a lot, you can get away with anything, which Bateman does time and again. There are many instances in the book when Patrick flat out tells his friends and acquaintances that he is a monster, he admits to his crimes, yet no one is really listening to each other and if they are, they don’t care enough to clarify.

Patrick Bateman from the film adaptation

Bateman’s ability to hack a friend to bits or relentlessly torture and sexually degrade women then follow his actions with a fourth-wall-breaking essay on Whitney Houston or Genesis, tells you everything you need to know about this empty shelled being that only appears human. He is a monster, one that couldn’t be reasoned with, couldn’t be loved enough to stop, and couldn’t be concerned with his frequent blood-stained drop-offs at the dry cleaners. The most frightening thing about American Psycho is how easily this might happen, how realistic Bret Easton Ellis’ portrait of an American killer in the late eighties still holds up today as potential reality.

In the current political climate, American Psycho works as a metaphor. The shallow, self-centeredness of the powerful and/or financially elite allows them to look away as those they deem “less” die. The refusal to see and hear what is being pushed in their faces, blatant and straight from the mouth of the antagonist mirrors our modern American situation perfectly.

What did you decide to make to pair with the book, and what from the book inspired your delicious treat?

I created a cocktail served in a champagne glass. I call it “Hardbody” after Patrick’s misogynistic slang for an attractive woman. In the picture I chose to show it layered or “stacked” but for quicker service, it can be mixed together or “stained.”

The drink consists of cherry syrup, topped with a mix of Goldschlager and dry prosecco for a cinnamon cherry flavor profile. I knew I wanted to use Goldschlager to symbolize Bateman’s status as well as his spiciness. The cherry syrup represents blood at the bottom of his glass. The prosecco adds some bubbly Italian wine as a nod to Bateman’s culinary adventures at all his favorite NYC clubs.

It is meant to be drank as a shot, because, let’s face it, the quicker you get drunk, the sooner Bateman can get to work on you.

Can you share the recipe or a link to the recipe?

Ingredients:

1 oz Collins Cherry Syrup

2 oz Lamarca Prosecco (any dry Prosecco will do) chilled

2 oz  Goldschlager Cinnamon Liqueur (kept in freezer)

Edible gold glitter or gold flake for rim if desired

Preparation:

To make the drink “Stacked” (as pictured):

Reduce the syrup to ¾ of its original volume by simmering on stove top, then chill to refrigerator temperature

If gold rimmed glass is desired, wet the rim of the glass and pour a very small amount (1/4 tsp) of gold glitter on a sheet of paper. Rub the wet rim over the gold until the rim is coated

Shake Goldschlager bottle to stir up gold flakes in the liqueur

Mix Prosecco and Goldschlager in a small glass or measuring cup with pour spout

Pour reduced syrup into bottom of flute

Pour mixed Prosecco and Goldschlager very slowly over the back of a spoon on top of syrup to maintain layers

Drink as a single shot

If you don’t want to get super fancy with the “Stacked” look, the drink can be served “Stained”.

To mix the cocktail this way, omit reducing the syrup and combine all ingredients in a gold-rimmed champagne flute. The flavor is the same, you just don’t get the “blood” in the bottom of the glass.

Stephanie M. Wytovich

Stephanie M. Wytovich is an American poet, novelist, and essayist. Her work has been showcased in numerous venues such as Weird Tales, Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories, Fantastic Tales of Terror, Year’s Best Hardcore Horror: Volume 2, The Best Horror of the Year: Volume 8, as well as many others.

Wytovich is the Poetry Editor for Raw Dog Screaming Press, an adjunct at Western Connecticut State University, Southern New Hampshire University, and Point Park University, and a mentor with Crystal Lake Publishing. She is a member of the Science Fiction Poetry Association, an active member of the Horror Writers Association, and a graduate of Seton Hill University’s MFA program for Writing Popular Fiction. Her Bram Stoker Award-winning poetry collection, Brothel, earned a home with Raw Dog Screaming Press alongside Hysteria: A Collection of Madness, Mourning Jewelry, An Exorcism of Angels, Sheet Music to My Acoustic Nightmare, and most recently, The Apocalyptic Mannequin. Her debut novel, The Eighth, is published with Dark Regions Press.

Follow Wytovich on her blog and on twitter @SWytovich​.

Check out her poetry collections, her novel The Eighth, her personal website, and her book reviews.

Tell us what horror book you chose to highlight and why it’s a favorite of yours:

Exquisite Corpse by Poppy Z. Brite holds a special place in my heart. When I was in undergrad, I knew I wanted to write horror but I had only ever been exposed to mainstream media (and truthfully, not even all of what’s considered mainstream media); honestly looking back, I was very sheltered without even knowing it.

Needless to say, when I picked this book up, it opened my eyes to what horror could be. It pushed boundaries, was beautiful and disgusting, romantic and villainous, and it married sex and horror in a way that I had never seen or even thought was possible. It was my gateway drug for body horror, and it wasn’t long after that I started reading Clive Barker, watching David Cronenberg films, and focusing on artists like Francis Bacon.

What did you decide to make to pair with the book, and what from the book inspired your delicious treat?

So I paired this erotic horror story with a haunting glass of Blackberry Sangria to both match its cover and speak to the alluring yet dangerous nature of the book (because truth be told, both the book and the drink were a little more intense than I thought they would be, but delicious and memorable nevertheless!).

Can you share the recipe or a link to the recipe?

Sure thing! The recipe is as follows and this typically makes about 5-6 glasses:

  • Add 2 cups of blackberries and a ½ cup of sugar to your pitcher and gentle mash them to a light pulp.
  • Then add 1 cup orange brandy and 3 cups of red wine and lightly stir.
    • Note: I chose a medium-body red wine for mine, nothing too sweet.

One you mix that into your pitcher, I served it in a chilled glass and cut it with Sprite (to my liking) and then added blackberries and mint leaves as a garnish.

Thank you so much Stephanie & EV! Be sure to check out their work, and stay tuned for another post on Tuesday!

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