A dazzlingly dark and impactful debut poetry collection about revelation of one’s own magic, banishing binaries, the shadow of otherhood, survival of night worlds and of childhood ghosts. 

By virtue of accessibility and a touch of nature’s whimsy, Rey Muir crafts each poem into a small earth with a gravity of its own. In “spoke” about addiction and predatory relationships, Rey writes “too many touches bonded to my bones, like secret little strings that chain me to my villains.” In the title poem “afterbirth” Rey sweeps readers into the intimately spellbinding realm of self-discovery and acceptance of the human curse, “from all this time in the universe, every self I ever birthed—I call all my power back to me.”

Her words shed light on the unspeakable stories many share, which are otherwise lost to the universe. Her poems give power back to those who have known both the beauty and perils of being suspended in between.


Boy who stole pills

A supernatural thriller about a teenage boy who gaslights his school into believing he became a vampire over summer break. As a sick way of feeding the demons of addiction he uses the strange power of his lie to seduce a girl and steal her prescription pills. The boys revenant fallacy creates a tulpa that cloaks his living body in death and takes over.

“The streets of the alpine neighborhood were doused in ghost like fog whose cover I crept beneath. The fog cleared when I reached the orange streetlights so I passed into the bushes and saw Her through Her window. She looked out toward me and did not see anyone. But I saw Her…

– Killian (main character),
Boy who stole pills

Field Guide

to the Fae

[ synopsis to come ]

“…It happened there, in the moments when her mind went somewhere else—when her thoughts ran so very far away that they swallowed her up—that’s where and how she left her own world for another…”

– Rey Muir, FIeld guide to the fae

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