Spectral Realms No. 03











  • A Weird Poetry Journal
  • Edited by S. T. Joshi
  • No. 3 (Summer 2015)
  • Wraparound cover art "Tunnel Fiend" by Rabban.
  • 156 pages
  • ISBN 9781614981473
  • ISSN 2333-4215




In this third issue of Spectral Realms, a number of leading contemporary authors of weird fiction—Nicole Cushing, Don Webb, Darrell Schweitzer, Jonathan Thomas, and Jason V Brock—step up to contribute poems of strangeness and terror. In addition, such prominent poets as Wade German, Ann K. Schwader, Fred Phillips, Chad Hensley, Mike Allen, and Leigh Blackmore are represented. Adam Bolivar contributes another lengthy weird ballad, while up-and-coming poets such as K. A. Opperman, Christina Sng, Ian Futter, and DJ Tyrer add an array of diverse and evocative verses. Among the classic reprints are rare poems by A. Merritt and Bruce Boston, as well as a trio of poems by one of America’s leading poets, Dana Gioia.


Leigh Blackmore completes his two-part analysis of the life and work of Leah Bodine Drake. Michael Dirda, one of the nation’s most prominent literary critics, supplies a lengthy and penetrating review of the recent Hippocampus Press edition of Park Barnitz’s classic volume The Book of Jade (1901).


With this issue, Spectral Realms continues to foster the renaissance of weird poetry by the publication of new and old poems as well as trenchant reviews and criticism.


Table of Contents



Song of the Rushes / M. F. Webb 

In Fits of Wildest Dreaming / K. A. Opperman

Inheritance / Christina Sng

Rune / Wade German

Preserves / G. O. Clark

Barley Night / Jonathan Thomas

Ode to Hecate / Liam Garriock

A Shuddery Tale / Charles Lovecraft

Arcane Stars / DJ Tyrer 

Northern Lights/ Mary Krawczak Wilson 

Always Look under the Bed / Mark McLaughlin 

The Cave of Ebon Boughs / D. L. Myers

The Empty Room / Darrell Schweitzer 

Dolls / Jason V Brock

Painted Ladies / David Barker

Brownfields / John Mundy

Even Madness Cannot Hide / Ashley Dioses 

Revelation / Fred Phillips

Daemon Insectarium / Chad Hensley

Sorcerers in Love / Don Webb 

Moonrise / Christina Sng

The Game of Cat and Dragon / Pat Calhoun

Lovers’ Wine / Stanley Gemmell

Childe Jackson Drake / Adam Bolivar

Zann / Ian Futter 

The Golden Diadem / Leigh Blackmore

To See or Not to See? / Nicole Cushing 

The Dark at the Top of the Stairs / Jonathan Thomas

Butterfly / Carole Abourjeili 

Carcosa in Mind / DJ Tyrer

The Death of Twilight / D. L. Myers

Tragic, Trembling Giant / Linda D. Addison

Witches at the Switches / David Barker 

My Heart’s Thin Veil / Margi Curtis

Clarethea / K. A. Opperman

Ghoul of the Enamel / Jason Sturner

A Queen in Hell / Ashley Dioses 

Azathoth / Charles Lovecraft

Waking / Ian Futter

Spinal Piano / Reiss McGuinness

The Thirst of Sekhmet / Ann K. Schwader 

The Shadow within Darkness / Randall Larson

Guardians of the Seven Gates / Chad Hensley 

Schadenfreude / John Mundy

Dead Pale Moon / Leigh Blackmore

To Reach Carcosa / Mark McLaughlin

Sand Bar / Jonathan Thomas 

Toujours Il Coûte Trop Cher / Mike Allen and C. S. E. Cooney

Alone in the Desert / Mary Krawczak Wilson 

Mother / Christina Sng

The Perfect Rose / Ashley Dioses

End Times / DJ Tyrer

The Lich’s Last Laugh / Dan Clore

A Garden of Unearthly Delights / Marge Simon

Masque Macabre / K. A. Opperman

Gorgoneion / Oliver Smith

Unexpected Meetings / Ian Futter

Black Panther / David Barker


Classic Reprints

Old Trinity Churchard / A. Merritt

Illumination in the Mutant Rain Forest / Bruce Boston

Three Songs from Nosferatu / Dana Gioia



“Figures in a Nightmare”—The Poetry of Leah Bodine Drake: Part 2 / Leigh Blackmore



Studies of Death / Michael Dirda

Two from Eldritch / D. L. Myers


Notes on Contributors


This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 15 July, 2015.