Spores From Sharnoth And Other Madnesses

Author: Leigh Blackmore
Editor: P'Rea Press
ISBN: 9780980462524
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In its third printing, Spores from Sharnoth and Other Madnesses, truly fulfils reviewers' comments it is a masterful professional debut collection from leading Australian weird literary figure, Leigh Blackmore. The collection "establishes Blackmore as one of the leading weird poets of our time, fit to be mentioned with the likes of Bruce Boston, G. Sutton Breiding, Ann K. Schwader ..." -S. T. Joshi. "It belongs on the same shelf with August Derleth's Dark of the Moon and Lin Carter's Dreams from R'lyeh, to be treasured for its elegant lines, spooky sonnets, cosmic vistas, and, since Blackmore is a genuine poet and not just a pastichist, occasional departures from all expectations." -Darrell Schweitzer. "Magnifique! Sobresaliente! Mumtaaz! [Blackmore] definitely has the touch ..." -Richard L. Tierney. Within are devotions to H. P. Lovecraft and the Cthulhu Mythos, Clark Ashton Smith, Arthur Machen, and paeans to the gods of Poetry. Wonderful poetry of fantasy, the supernatural and dark imagination abounds within this fine Antipodean collection. Sheila Merritt reflects, "In his evocative embracing of American horror authors ... poet Blackmore shows that writers' influences know no boundaries. Lands may separate, but literature unites." Through their P'rea Press offerings, Blackmore and fellow Australian poet Kyla Lee Ward (The Land of Bad Dreams, 2011) are surely one with the international weird poetry universe. Scott E. Green observes, Blackmore "has no hesitation to go beyond Lovecraft and sonnets in writing excellent poetry of the weird." Poetic forms represented include the sonnet, haiku, quatrain, and blank narrative verse. Donald Sidney-Fryer notes the collection's "Outstanding technical quality ... deeply felt and well-crafted poems." The third reprint has an updated bibliography; includes the 2nd reprint's revisions by Blackmore, making these the definitive texts. The cover has fantastic new coloring by artist, Gavin O'Keefe, and the always superb interior book-designing of David E. Schultz. With a Foreword by US critic and scholar S. T. Joshi, and an introduction by the editors of P'rea Press, Spores from Sharnoth and Other Madnesses' third printing is an essential acquisition for enthusiasts of weird and dark fantastic verse.

Ghosts In Popular Culture And Legend

Author: June Michele Pulliam
Editor: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1440834911
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With entries that range from specific works to authors, folklore, and popular culture (including music, film, television, urban legend, and gaming), this book provides a single-volume resource on all things ghostly in the United States and in other countries. • Provides accessible, interesting, and fun-to-read information authored by expert researchers and coedited by scholars who are experts on the topic of ghosts across human culture • Presents analytical discussions of the figure of the ghost in each work that will be beneficial to students in film studies, English, or other classes tasked with writing an essay on the horror genre or ghost films and books • Explores how the idea of the ghost implies belief in there being more to human existence than the physical body and is intrinsically connected to the concept of the afterlife—and how these concepts often coexisted uneasily with beliefs regarding afterlife in religious theologies

Gaslight Grotesque

Author: Charles Prepolec
Editor: EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing
ISBN: 1894063708
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THE MONSTERS ARE DUE ON BAKER STREET! Between the shadowy realms of fear and the unforgiving glare of science lies a battleground of unspeakable horror. In vile alleyways with blood-slick cobblestones, impenetrable fog, and the wan glow of gaslight, lurk the inhuman denizens of nightmare. CAN REASON PREVAIL WHEN ELIMINATING THE IMPOSSIBLE IS NO LONGER AN OPTION? Faced with his worst fears, Sherlock Holmes has his faith in the science of observation and deduction shaken to the core in 13 all-new tales of terror from today's modern masters of the macabre!

The Best Horror Of The Year

Author: Ellen Datlow
Editor: Start Publishing LLC
ISBN: 1597802417
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An Air Force Loadmaster is menaced by strange sounds within his cargo; a man is asked to track down a childhood friend... who died years earlier; doomed pioneers forge a path westward as a young mother discovers her true nature; an alcoholic strikes a dangerous bargain with a gregarious stranger; urban explorers delve into a ruined book depository, finding more than they anticipated; residents of a rural Wisconsin town defend against a legendary monster; a woman wracked by survivor's guilt is haunted by the ghosts of a tragic crash; a detective strives to solve the mystery of a dismembered girl; an orphan returns to a wicked witch's candy house; a group of smugglers find themselves buried to the necks in sand; an unanticipated guest brings doom to a high-class party; a teacher attempts to lead his students to safety as the world comes to an end around them... What frightens us, what unnerves us? What causes that delicious shiver of fear to travel the lengths of our spines? It seems the answer changes every year. Every year the bar is raised; the screw is tightened. Ellen Datlow knows what scares us; the twenty-one stories and poems included in this anthology were chosen from magazines, webzines, anthologies, literary journals, and single author collections to represent the best horror of the year. Legendary editor Ellen Datlow (Poe: New Tales Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe), winner of multiple Hugo, Bram Stoker, and World Fantasy awards, joins Night Shade Books in presenting The Best Horror of the Year, Volume One.

The Best Horror Of The Year

Author: Ellen Datlow
Editor: Start Publishing LLC
ISBN: 1597802492
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Celebrities take refuge in a white-walled mansion as plague and fever sweep into Cannes; a killer finds that the living dead have no appetite for him; a television presenter stumbles upon the chilling connection between a forgotten animal act and the Whitechapel Murders; a nude man unexpectedly appears in the backgrounds of film after film; mysterious lights menace the crew of a small plane; a little girl awakens to discover her nightlight--and more--missing; two sisters hunt vampire dogs in the wild hills of Fiji; lovers get more than they bargained for in a decadent discotheque; a college professor holds a classroom mesmerized as he vivisects Poe's "The Masque of the Red Death"... What frightens us, what unnerves us? What causes that delicious shiver of fear to travel the lengths of our spines? It seems the answer changes every year. Every year the bar is raised; the screw is tightened. Ellen Datlow knows what scares us; the seventeen stories included in this anthology were chosen from magazines, webzines, anthologies, literary journals, and single author collections to represent the best horror of the year. Legendary editor Ellen Datlow (Poe: New Tales Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe), winner of multiple Hugo, Bram Stoker, and World Fantasy awards, joins Night Shade Books in presenting The Best Horror of the Year, Volume Two.

The Mammoth Book Of Best New Horror 22

Author: Stephen Jones
Editor: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1849017727
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The year's best, and darkest, tales of terror, showcasing the most outstanding new short stories and novellas by both contemporary masters of the macabre and exciting newcomers. As ever, this acclaimed anthology also offers the most comprehensive annual overview of horror around the world in all its incarnations; a comprehensive necrology of famous names; and a list of indispensable contact addresses for the dedicated horror fan and writer alike. The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror remains the world's leading annual anthology dedicated solely to presenting the best in contemporary horror fiction.

The Crimson Tome

Author: K. a. Opperman
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ISBN: 9781614981329
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In this scintillating volume, K. A. Opperman immediately places himself in the forefront of contemporary weird verse. Deeply influenced by Clark Ashton Smith, George Sterling, and other masters of the form, Opperman nonetheless reveals a vibrancy and originality of outlook that stamps his poetry as very much his own. A master of several of the most rigorous forms of metrical poetry-the sonnet, the quatrain, the rhyming couplet-Opperman's poetic brilliance conveys, seemingly without effort, images of terror, gruesomeness, and bleak melancholy. The book concludes with tributes to Opperman by D. L. Myers and Ashley Dioses. K. A. Opperman is a young poet living in California. His verse has appeared in "Weird Fiction Review, Spectral Realms, " and other venues. "The California Romantic tradition lives on in this ambitious and varied collection. Redolent of Clark Ashton Smith with more than a whiff of Poe, Opperman's complex verse forms are an ideal setting for darkness. Whether questing for the Crimson Tome through an extended sonnet sequence, celebrating the heights-and hideous depths-of romantic attraction, lingering in October shadows, or traversing lost Atlantis, these poems are surefooted and unabashedly exotic."-Ann K. Schwader, author of "Twisted in Dream" & Bram Stoker Finalist "Opperman is a latter day lapidary who works in words much as his spiritual mentors George Sterling and Clark Ashton Smith. Here you will find poetic gems of a rare provenance, indeed, perhaps mined long ago in Xiccarph or Averoigne and cut with the aid of a most powerful sorcery."-Michael Fantina "K. A. Opperman's "The Crimson Tome" reveals a flare for intense weird poetry. Elevated, beautiful imagery vies with startling and fearful visions of dread for supremacy of tone. The titles themselves convey some of the wide range of subjects touched on: "To an Unknown Enchantress," "The Corpse of Beauty," "Siren of the Dead," "Vampiric Roses," and "Decapitated Kiss," amongst so many others, exhibit an unearthly decadence and splendour not to be missed. In the tradition of Edgar Allan Poe, Clark Ashton Smith, George Sterling, Charles Pierre Baudelaire, and H. P. Lovecraft, "The Crimson Tome" exhibits a technique of the sombre, which, paradoxically, is very enlightening. In such bardic horrors as these, the Muse of Monstrousness unveils her face and smiles wickedly."-Charles Lovecraft, P'rea Press "This generous collection marks the appearance of a distinctive new voice in weird and fantastic verse. The exemplary degree of craft in Opperman's darkling poems is exceeded only by the author's delectably delirious imagination, and his command of language of elegant simplicity interspersed with archaisms to savour, like exotic black berries glistening on platters of ebony. Songs of sorcery and sensuality mingle herein with incantations on the ineluctable effects of decay and the death which awaits us all. A rare feast for all devotees of the macabre."-Leigh Blackmore, author of "Spores from Sharnoth & Other Madnesses""The poetry of K. A. Opperman is a wonder and a revelation. His verse spans the full spectrum of the weird, from fantasy and the supernatural to brooding pessimism and melancholy. "The Crimson Tome" is his first book, but all lovers of true poetry will fervently hope it will not be his last."-S. T. Joshi