Spectral Realms No. 06





  • A Weird Poetry Journal
  • Edited by S. T. Joshi
  • No. 6 (Winter 2017)
  • 155 pages
  • ISBN 9781614981916
  • ISSN 2333-4215
  • Cover artwork by Dugald Stewart Walker (1883–1937) for Hans Christian Andersen's "What the Moon Saw"



This sixth issue of our acclaimed journal of weird poetry features distinctive poems by John Shirley, W. H. Pugmire, Wade German, Ann K. Schwader, and many other leading contemporary poets. The legendary Richard L. Tierney contributes two powerful poems, and poets ranging from Kyla Lee Ward to Darrell Schweitzer to Jessica Amanda Salmonson contribute verses of pungency and distinction. Younger poets such as K. A. Opperman, Ashley Dioses, Nathaniel Reed, Liam Garriock, and Christina Sng demonstrate why they will be the heralded poets of their generation. Adam Bolivar offers another of his evocative horror ballads, and Jason V Brock presents a genial homage to the distinctive prose-poetry of Joseph S. Pulver, Sr.


Leigh Blackmore has written a detailed study of the poetry of underrated British writer Walter de la Mare. J.-M. Rajala has written a long and penetrating review of David E. Schultz’s landmark edition of H. P. Lovecraft’s Fungi from Yuggoth, while Michael J. Abolafia contributes a review of an issue of the Science Fiction Poetry Association’s online journal devoted to weird poetry.


In all, Spectral Realms #6 offers a rich feast for the growing legions of devotees of weird poetry.






 Spider Eggs / John Shirley

 Edgar A. Poe (1809–1849) / W. H. Pugmire

 Finite / Ian Futter

 Oracle / Wade German

 Next / John J. Mundy

 The Fateful Flower / Frank Coffman

 Vul Ravin / D. L. Myers

 Transfiguration / Ronald Terry

 Mistress of the Dark Fortress / K. A. Opperman and Leigh Blackmore

 Un-Hallowed E’en / Richard L. Tierney

 Diluvian Night Out / Jessica Amanda Salmonson

 Chrysalides in the Cromlech / Jeff Burnett

 When the Stars Are Right / Oliver B. Harris

 The Dust That Was You / Mary Krawczak Wilson

 Hunted / Claire Smith

 The Spell / Liam Garriock

 Moonlight in the Playground / Christina Sng

 An Unimaginable Horror / Norbert Gora

 The Fugitives / Manuel Pérez-Campos

 Under the Tuscan Moon / Leigh Blackmore

 Kappa Alpha Tau / Josh Medsker

 Yes, There Are Wonders Beyond Death / Darrell Schweitzer

 rUBBLE ®ubbLe / Jason V Brock

 Desolation / M. F. Webb

 The Cosmic Women / Pat Calhoun

 Descent / Ian Futter

 The God-Builders / Nathaniel Reed

 Sighting / Ross Balcom

 Falling for You / John J. Mundy

 Icons / Ronald Terry

 The Sword / Chad Hensley

Dual Purpose / Kyla Lee Ward

 A Dream from R’lyeh / Charles Lovecraft

 The Witch of the Woods / Frank Coffman

 Fallen / Claire Smith

 The Germ of the Earth / Farah Rose Smith

 The Road to Long-Ago / Ruth Berman

 Spawn of the Wicked Hive / Jeff Burnett

 Night Play / Ashley Dioses

 The Prey / Mary Krawczak Wilson

 A Return / Benjamin Blake

 When the Earth Was Young / Christina Sng

 The House of Gloom / Adam Bolivar

 Elder Beings / Leigh Blackmore

 Reunion / Manuel Pérez-Campos

 The Awen / Michelle Claire White

 Ghosts of  1816 / Clay F. Johnson

 Quetzalcoatl / Kendall Evans

 Relic / Nathaniel Reed

 Admonishments for the Incautious / David Barker

 Yaga / Oliver Smith

 The Demon Corn / D. L. Myers

 Timeless Ghosts / Liam Garriock

 Clearing Sky / Ronald Terry

 The Door / Christina Sng

 Tending the Grave / Ian Futter

 Woodsmoke: A Folk Song That Never Was / John Shirley

 The Wolf’s Last Words / Claire Smith

 Dark Solstice Cold and Deathly / Richard L. Tierney

 The Rainy Season / John J. Mundy

 Siren’s Song / Ashley Dioses

 The Mask of Leprous Light / Jeff Burnett

Of Rippers, Psychos, and Scarves / Randall D. Larson and Charles Lovecraft

 Dark Shuttle / Ruth Berman

 Downstream / Oliver Smith.

 The War of Dragons / Christina Sng

 Temple of the Plumed Serpent / Ann K. Schwader

 Those / David Barker

 Samhain Redivivus / Frank Coffman


 Classic Reprints

 The Old Ghost / Thomas Lovell Beddoes

 Red Ghosts in Kentucky / Leah Bodine Drake



 In Pursuit of the Transcendent: The Weird Verse of Walter de la Mare / Leigh Blackmore



A Dreamer’s Rimes / J.-M. Rajala  (H. P. LOVECRAFT. Fungi from Yuggoth: An Annotated Edition.)

Ghostly Verses / Michael J. Abolafia  (SHANNON CONNOR WINWARD, ed. Eye to the Telescope. Issue No. 22: “Ghosts.”)


Notes on Contributors

This product was added to our catalog on Saturday 21 January, 2017.