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By David E. Cowen, Bram Stoker Nominated Author of Bleeding Saffron

If you are thinking of what to read this Halloween, consider unwrapping a richly sweet volume of dark verse. Dark and speculative poetry has been flourishing over the past few years and 2019 is nothing different. If you need a guide to appreciating dark verse take a look at these books currently on the Bram Stoker reading list as a starting point. These are presented in no particular order with no endorsement other than to READ DARK POETRY – it’s good for the eyes.  

  1. The Apocalyptic Mannequin, Stephanie M. Wytovich, Raw Dog Screaming Press – Poems about the temporary survivors of an apocalypse.
  2. Choking Back the Devil, Donna Lynch, Raw Dog Screaming Press – Dark verse edging to the blurred line of horror and mental illness.
  3. Dragonfly and Other Songs of Mourning, Michelle Scalise, LVP Publications – Collective dark poetry works of Michelle Scalise.
  4. Everything Seems Significant, Jan Bottiglieri, BlazeVOX– A collection of verse centered around the Blade Runner movie series and its characters.
  5. Here’s to Odd Dreams and Petty Things, Cati Branton. Amazon Digital Services LLC – a collection of dark verse.
  6. Horror Movie Poetry, Tony Newton , Amazon Digital Services LLC – Dark Poems inspired by horror films.
  7. My Heart Is A Forest: A Collection Of Poetry, Katie Metcalfe, Independently Published – Dark poems with themes ranging from folk horror to climate change to mental illness.
  8. PseudoPsalms: Revelation, Peter Adam Salomon, Amazon Digital Services LLC – Peter’s fourth PseudoPsalm collection exploring horror, human nature and religion.
  9. The Coven’s Hornbook & Other Poems, Frank Coffman, Bold Venture Press – A very large collection of many types of speculative and traditional dark verse.
  10. The Macabre Modern and Other Morbidities Kyla Lee Ward, P’rea Press – Traditional dark verse focused on the Danse Macabre.
  11. The Place of Broken Things, Linda D. Addison & Alessandro Manzetti, Crystal Lake Publishing – A collaboration of surrealism and darkness.
  12. The Sun Ships & Other Poems, Steven Withrow, com – A collection of weird and speculative poetry.
  13. Demeter’s Diaries,       Marge Simon and Bryan D. Dietrich, Independent Legions Publications – A poetic dialogue between Mina Harker and Vlad Dracula.
  14. Pan’s Saxophone, Jonel Abellanosa (Weasel Press) – a collection of speculative surrealist poetry.




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