Spectral Realms No. 1

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  • A Weird Poetry Journal
  • Edited by S. T. Joshi
  • No. 1 (Summer 2014)
  • 140 pages

 

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

“To a Dreamer,” H. P. Lovecraft

 

 

The last few decades have seen a remarkable efflorescence of weird poetry, to such a degree that we can authentically state that a renaissance of the genre is underway. Hippocampus Press has always been committed to this most rarefied mode of expression, and now Spectral Realms, published in Summer and Winter, leads the way.

The contributors in this first issue, hailing from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Australia, and elsewhere, are indicative of the worldwide nature of the weird poetry renaissance. New poets who have emerged in recent years—Ann K. Schwader, Wade German, Leigh Blackmore, K. A. Opperman—join such veterans as Bruce Boston, W. H. Pugmire, and Richard L. Tierney in contributing vital original work to this issue.

In addition to publishing new, original poetry from modern practitioners, Spectral Realms also resurrects classic poems from prior ages as one component of its educational function; another component is the inclusion of essays on weird poets or on topics related to the field and reviews of contemporary work, whether it be volumes of poetry, anthologies, works of criticism and scholarship, or other volumes of ancillary interest.
 

 

CONTENTS

EDITORIAL

POETRY
Spectral Province..........Wade German
As Told to My Infant Grandchildren..........Phillip A. Ellis
Omens from Afar..........Phillip A. Ellis
Fairy Song..........Darrell Schweitzer  
Night Stalker ..........Michael Fantina
Miranda ..........Michael Fantina  
Titan..........Michael Fantina  
Seasonal Affective Disorder..........Richard L. Tierney
The Asteroid ..........Richard L Tierney  
Emeraldesse ..........Leigh Blackmore  
In Splendour All Arrayed ..........Leigh Blackmore
Lines on a Drawing by Hannes Bok..........Leigh Blackmore
Museum Piece ..........Oliver Smith  
The Hidden God ..........Adam Bolivar  
Necromancy ..........Kyla Lee Ward  
Fortune Teller ..........Carole Abourjeili
Awakening ..........Carole Abourjeili  
The Stomach Only Tries ..........Marge Simon  
The Witches’ House ..........Margaret Curtis  
Carathis ..........Ashley Dioses  
Horror..........Ashley Dioses  
Kiss the Stars ..........Ashley Dioses  
A Weird Tale ..........Charles Lovecraft
Night Visit ..........Charles Lovecraft
Afrasiab Down the Oxus ..........Charles Lovecraft
Black Wings ..........Ian Futter
States ..........Ian Futter
Pursuit..........Ian Futter
White Chapel..........Kendall Evans
The Star’s Prisoner..........D. L. Myers  
The Thing on the Mountain ..........D. L. Myers  
Beneath the Ferny Trees ..........David Schembri
Old Graveyard in the Woods ..........Jonathan Thomas  
The Laundrymen ..........Ann K. Schwader  
A Carcass, Waiting..........Jason V Brock  
Climate of Fear ..........Ann K. Schwader  
The Meromylls of Lake Lurd ..........Donald R Broyles  
Nocturnal Poet ..........K. A. Opperman
Siren of the Dead..........K. A. Opperman
The Angels All Are Corpses in the Sky ..........K. A. Opperman
Sea Princess ..........Claire Smith
Ex Nihilo ..........Daniel Kolbe Strange  
The Den ..........Chad Hensley  
Audience at Sunset ..........David Barker and W. H. Pugmire  85
“The Hound” ..........W. H. Pugmire  
Note of the Executioner..........David Schembri
The Rim ..........Chad Hensley  
Dark Mirage ..........Fred Phillips
In Cavernous Depths Yawning ..........Randall D. Larson

CLASSIC REPRINTS
The Hidden Pool ..........George Sterling  
Resurrection Night ..........Benjamin De Casseres  
The Angels ..........Théodore de Banville  
Three Prose Poems ..........Lord Dunsany  
A Night with the Boys ..........Bruce Boston

REVIEWS  
To the Stars and Beyond ..........Donald Sidney-Fryer
Ligotti on Sterling ..........Thomas Ligotti
Petrifying Poesy and Shivers in Verse ..........Alan Gullette  

NOTES ON CONTRIBUTORS

 

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Cover art:  Eugenio Lucas (1817-1870), Death Reading from a Human Lectern, Congregation in Background,
recto, courtesy of The Pierpont Morgan Library, New York.



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