A View from the Phantasmagoria

  • A View from the Phantasmagoria

These paranormal poems hold out their spectral hands to lead us through the phantasmagoria: visions of lonely ghosts, rage-fuelled poltergeists, duels with demon outlaws, healing rituals, déjà vu, sex, and survival. Within the supernatural horror, this book also explores a life with premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) - a very real and severe condition that haunts an estimated 1 in 20 women and afab individuals, whether they know its name or not.


Signed copies are £7 + shipping, or buy it in a magical, otherworldly bundle with To Feed My Woodland Bones [A Changeling's Tale] for £12.00 + shipping.


A portion of the sales from this book will be donated to Vicious Cycle: Making PMDD Visible and IAPMD (International Association for Premenstrual Disorders).

"'Decades harden, bless us with the wisdom of the damned…I know the drumbeat of hell-steed hooves will troop over the horizon, but this time I am watching for the omens, waiting for the hollow call of wind through a cavern mouth,' Kate Garrett says in A View from the Phantasmagoria. When your body betrays you, what do you have left? How do you pick up the pieces? Garrett presents the answer—you stop hiding behind a mask, and reveal your pain. This book is a spell, a lush dream, weaving its way around the reader, keeping you in its thrall. A View from the Phantasmagoria is about how pain shapes us—and ultimately makes us stronger." --Jessica Drake-Thomas, author of Burials.

"The word ‘phantasmagoria’ is defined as a sequence of real or imaginary images, like those seen in a dream. Kate Garrett’s A View from Phantasmagoria: Haunts, Hexes, Healing brings heartbreaking realization that these ‘real or imagined’ images appear to Garrett in moments following extreme anguish. This pain, afflicted by premenstrual dysphoric disorder, or PMDD, affects her understanding, confidence, and presentation of her ‘self’. With a masterful use of language, Garrett illustrates the isolation and loneliness of pain. With precise and forlorn expression, she bares these intimate moments for all to see; and it is with this willingness to share that she acts in solidarity with other womxn who may be suffering in silence. Ultimately, she “lets the light in, breaks the gloom” and proves that even after the harshest winter, spring will always come." -Keana Aguila Labra, Editor-in-Chief of Marias at Sampaguitas