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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Thirteen Nocturnes Book Blast and Giveaway

Can you spell triskaidekaphobia? If you can and have that fear, perhaps this gothic, dark poetry book isn't for you. For those who dare, check it out and then enter to win a nice $50 Amazon gift card. Open worldwide through 2/4. Good luck.

Thirteen Nocturnes
by Oliver Sheppard
Genre: Gothic, Dark Poetry

Combining lush Gothic lyricism with postmodern experimentation, Oliver Sheppard's second collection of verse, Thirteen Nocturnes, presents a nightmare vision of a world in the grip of apocalypse and shadow--a world where "a nighttime of years never-ending" becomes "a darkness severe and unbending," and where life is relentlessly "gathered up against the towering shadow of decay." Taking cues from the dark Romanticism of Poe, the decadent Symbolism of Baudelaire, and the apocalyptic tradition of William Blake--as well as the existential doominess of 20th century cosmic horror--Oliver Sheppard's Thirteen Nocturnes presents a verse vision of collapse, announcing a cold poetics of disintegration in the new dark age of the Anthropocene. 

"Reading Sheppard's poetry is a little like listening to a conversation between Nietzsche and William Blake during a showing of Peckinpah's Cross of Iron. Using a wide range of forms and cultural references, Sheppard illustrates the human condition in ways that take as much account of its absence as its presence... Given the chance, Sheppard will lead you down dark and unfamiliar paths, to moments of weird beauty." --from the foreword by John Foster

Oliver Sheppard was born in Nashville, Tennessee, and lives in Texas. Critical reviews of his poetry collections have been kind: "Like listening to a conversation between Nietzsche and William Blake while watching Peckinpah's 'Cross of Iron'," reviews of his first book, Destruction: Text I, claimed. Garnering accolades from academia and punk zines alike, Sheppard's work takes cues from the cosmic fatalism of Lovecraft and Thomas Ligotti, and combines that with the lush, Gothic lyricism of the Dark Romanticist tradition.

"Sheppard's THIRTEEN NOCTURNES is gothic in every sense of the word; from the writing style, the themes, to Oliver's own influences. Without a doubt, this bountiful collection raises the bar for contemporary gothic poetry. It's rare in this day and age to find poetry written in a manner as sophisticated and profound as this. But here, Sheppard combines a down-to-earth modernism with older styles that make for a fanciful and unique experience for the reader."--Sar Blackthorn, CVLT Nation

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  1. The cover looks dark and mysterious and from the description it seems to fit. Sounds pretty dark, looks pretty dark.

  2. The cover looks very mysterious and it sounds like the same kind of read.

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  4. The cover looks dark and intriguing.

  5. this cover is intriguing love to read

  6. The cover is romam or Greek like with a creep factor that screams demonic presence. Pretty deep and scary looking.

  7. I like the cover, very dark and mysterious, very fitting of the genre.

  8. The cover and story look intriguing and a bit spooky.

  9. I do enjoy spooky, haunting reads. The cover would definitely make me pick this book up for a closer look if I saw it on a shelf. The author's picture even seems to fit in to the theme the way he is wearing all black and not looking at the camera, Interesting!

  10. ive never read any goth poetry this sounds very unique and interesting

  11. The cover is amazing it shows the light and dark of world very intriguing