Spectral Realms No. 2 [ePub]

by S.T. Joshi

The spectral realms that thou canst see
With eyes veil’d from the world and me.

“To a Dreamer,” H. P. Lovecraft

This second issue of Spectral Realms, Hippocampus Press’s acclaimed journal of weird poetry, features all-original poems—sonnets, ballads, vibrant free-verse lyrics, and much else—from such leading writers as John Shirley, William F. Nolan, Wade German, Gemma Files, Ann Schwader, W. H. Pugmire, and many others. It leads off with a lengthy poem by Donald Sidney-Fryer, one of the pillars of the weird poetry movement for the last half-century or more.

Spectral Realms is devoted to the study and analysis of weird poetry as much as it is a showcase for the poetry itself. Accordingly, this issue features Part 1 of Leigh Blackmore’s detailed examination of the verse of Leah Bodine Drake, whose A Hornbook for Witches is one of the rarest of books published by Arkham House. The issue also contains incisive reviews of recent books of poetry by Sunni K Brock.

With its generous sampling of poetry both old and new, its articles and reviews, and its elegant and tasteful design, Spectral Realms is the ideal showcase for the renaissance of weird poetry now underway.



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