Spectral Realms No. 13









  • A Weird Poetry Journal
  • Edited by S. T. Joshi
  • Cover art and design by Daniel V. Sauer
  • No. 13 (Summer 2020)
  • 142 pages
  • ISBN 9781614983064
  • ISSN 2333-4215



This thirteenth issue of Spectral Realms once again features many of the leading poets of our era—Richard L. Tierney, Ann K. Schwader, Adam Bolivar, Frank Coffman, Wade German, Leigh Blackmore, and K. A. Opperman. Several writers better known for their fiction—Darrell Schweitzer, Nicole Cushing, David Barker, Curtis M. Lawson, and Don Webb—contribute poetry of metrical precision and terrifying potency.


Scott J. Couturier evokes the shade of William Hope Hodgson in “Amongst the Sargasso,” while Adele Gardner writes an acrostic dedicated to Poe in “Nevermore.” Among our prose poets, Maxwell I. Gold again stands out in his signature issue—the mingling of weirdness and technology. Manuel Pérez-Campos’s “After Verdun” evokes the horrors of war.


Spectral Realms is now attracting an international cast of contributors. From Singapore, Christina Sng has long graced our pages, and here she is joined by Ngo Binh Anh Khoa from Vietnam, Andrey Pissantchev from Bulgaria, and Tatiana Strange from Germany.


The classic reprints feature poems by two colleagues of H. P. Lovecaft, R. H. Barlow and Arthur Goodenough. Donald Sidney-Fryer supplies an extensive review of David E. Schultz’s landmark edition of the work of Leah Bodine Drake.




King Pest / Richard L. Tierney

The Protector / Ian Futter

After Verdun: A Psychomantic Vision / Manuel Pérez-Campos

Märchen (Fairy Tales) / Carl E. Reed

Nevermore / Adele Gardner

The Sleeper / Josh Maybrook

City of Skulls / Maxwell I. Gold

Among the Petroglyphs / Ann K. Schwader

The Catacombs / Tatiana Strange

Illusion of Light / Ronald Terry

The Hidebehind: A Legend of the North Country / Frank Coffman

Dream Snatchers / Ngo Binh Anh Khoa

My Bantam Black Fay / Manuel Arenas

Doubled Word / Rahul Gupta

De Quincey Mutations: Our Ladies of Sorrow / Wade German

Ithaca, Finally / Darrell Schweitzer

All That I Have Lost / Christina Sng

Astray / F. J. Bergmann

Imperishable / David C. Kopaska-Merkel

Wraith of the Versifier / David Barker

The Tongueless Dead / Leigh Blackmore

Sanctuary / Mary Krawczak Wilson

O Iranon / Charles Lovecraft

Sweet Discordia Lee / Oliver Smith

The Harvester / K. A. Opperman

The Song of Calamity Joe / Andrey Pissantchev

Jenkin / Ross Balcom

Amongst the Sargasso / Scott J. Couturier

Notre Dame Is Burning! / Lori R. Lopez

The Sweet Dreams of the Dead / James O’Melia

The Witch-Gallows / Josh Maybrook

Lord Death / Ashley Dioses

Our Lady of the Acherontia / Allan Rozinski

Legion / Benjamin Blake

Where the New Gods Dwell / Maxwell I. Gold

Imaginary Friend / Ngo Binh Anh Khoa

Lines on Austin Osman Spare’s “Arbor Vitae” / Manuel Pérez-Campos

In the Forest, Where Wild Things Live / Claire Smith

Melinoë / Wade German

Hell-Flower / Manuel Arenas

Haunted / Ronald Terry

He Who Waits / Frank Coffman

Splenetic IV: After Baudelaire / Rahul Gupta

The Graves / Steven Withrow

A Conspiracy Penetrated / Carl E. Reed

Frozen Voices / Leigh Blackmore

Calling All Witches / Adele Gardner

To the Wolves / Scott J. Couturier

Red Land, Black Pharaoh / Ann K. Schwader

Ouroboros / Frank Coffman

The Draining Chair / Thomas Tyrrell

Retrieval / F. J. Bergmann

The Rider of the Pegasi / C. d. G. Nightingale

Testament of Doom: A Paean to Clark Ashton Smith / Manuel Pérez-Campos

The Passive Vampire / Wade German

The Pores of Earth / Charles Lovecraft

Moribond / Manuel Arenas

The Variant / Maxwell I. Gold

To Gaelle Lacroix, Lone Survivor of the Trufort Massacre / Steven Withrow

Dr. Ripper, I Presume? / Carl E. Reed

Red Tresses / Scott C. Couturier


Classic Reprints

Strife / R. H. Barlow

It Will Be Thus / Arthur Goodenough



The Sun Sings Loud and Clear / Donald Sidney-Fryer

Terror and Poignancy / S. T. Joshi

A Queen of Dark Poetry / Sunni K Brock


Notes on Contributors


This product was added to our catalog on Sunday 02 August, 2020.