Spectral Realms No. 07





  • A Weird Poetry Journal
  • Edited by S. T. Joshi
  • No. 7 (Summer 2017)
  • 126 pages
  • ISBN 978-1-61498-204-3
  • ISSN 2333-4215
  • Cover art: “The Game is Done!” by Gustave Doré, from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by S. T. Coleridge.



This seventh issue of Hippocampus Press’s acclaimed journal of weird poetry features nearly 60 original poems of fantasy and terror from such renowned poets as Ann K. Schwader, Jessica Amanda Salmonson, John Shirley, Christina Sng, and Richard L. Tierney. Among the more distinctive works are “Dracul’s Demesne,” a sonnet sequence by Frank Coffman; two acrostic sonnets on H. P. Lovecraft by Manuel Pérez-Campos; Adam Bolivar’s ingenious poetic reinterpretation of Lovecraft’s “The Rats in the Walls” (“The Ballad of the de la Poers”); and moving prose-poems by David Barker, Liam Garriock, Maxwell I. Gold, and Charles D. O’Connor III.


As classic reprints, the issue includes the long title poem by Ernest A. Edkins, from his fabulously rare poetry collection Amenaphra and Other Poems (1889), as well as a selection from Paul Eldridge’s Baudelaire-inspired collection Vanitas (1920). S. T. Joshi contributes a searching analysis of George Sterling’s celebrated fantasy poem “A Wine of Wizardry,” concluding that the poem is “a self-fulfilling justification for the entire realm of weird literature.” Leigh Blackmore reviews Benjamin Blake’s much-heralded volume Standing on the Threshold of Madness, while John Shirley covers Tim Powers’s limited-edition booklet, Poems.


In all, Spectral Realms #7 carries on the tradition of meticulously crafted weird verse, which is enjoying an unprecedented renaissance in our time.




This Mountain of Skulls / John Shirley

Lightless Oceans / Ann K. Schwader

The Dream-Wife / Adam Bolivar

More Than the Shark / M. F. Webb

The Embrace /Jessica Amanda Salmonson

A Rude Awakening / Ian Futter

For Sale / Deborah L. Davitt

Invocation to the Daemon for Modern Times / Liam Garriock

Aenid’s Dream / Christina Sng

The God Within / Ronald Terry

The Dark Pharaoh / Richard L. Tierney

Ave Augustissime: An Acrostic Sonnet on H. P. Lovecraft, Esq. / Manuel Pérez-Campos

Portrait of H. P. Lovecraft, Esq.: A Scrambled Acrostic Sonnet / Manuel Pérez-Campos

Dracul’s Demesne / Frank Coffman

The Reaper’s Garden / Ashley Dioses

Testament of the Scribe / David Barker

The Graveyard Knows My Name / Ross Balcom

Teratology / F. J. Bergmann

Repoman Homunculus / Chad Hensley

Imprisoned / Mary Krawczak Wilson

His Voice in the Whisper of Waves / Deborah L. Davitt and Kendall Evans

Mary of the Rosy Grave / K. A. Opperman

Things Come out of the Fog / G. O. Clark

Moment / Nathaniel Reed

Ad’Naigon / Maxwell I. Gold

Doll in the Wall / Jessica Amanda Salmonson

From the Yellow Text of Thanos Khan / Don Webb

Angry Sun/Bloated Moon / Claire Smith

Secret Tree / John Shirley

Only 13 / Ian Futter

Expanding Universe / Ronald Terry

The Final Turn / Ann K. Schwader

Arrival / M. F. Webb

He Dreams of Beauty / Liam Garriock

Pull / Christina Sng

Innsmouth Shanty / David Barker

Metamorphosis / Frank Coffman

The Wyrde of the Bibliognost; or, Another Solitude / Manuel Pérez-Campos

Silent Songs / Deborah L. Davitt

The Ballad of the de la Poers / Adam Bolivar

Corridors Enough / Ann K. Schwader

The Daughter of Death / Charles D. O’Connor III

Under the Blood Moon / Sunni K Brock

Her Skull and the Sea / Mary Krawczak Wilson

What It Means When You Dream of Swords / F. J. Bergmann

My Beloved Bones / Jessica Amanda Salmonson

Rising Damp / M. F. Webb

Night Terrors / Ian Futter

David Lynch / Liam Garriock

It’s Hell Being Your Guardian Angel / John Shirley

The Spiders of Kepler 452B / Kendall Evans


Classic Reprints

Amenophra / Ernest A. Edkins

Faces and Souls / Paul Eldridge



On “A Wine of Wizardry” / S. T. Joshi



Tim Powers, Poet / John Shirley

The Virtues and Drawbacks of Free Verse / Leigh Blackmore


Notes on Contributors

This product was added to our catalog on Monday 03 July, 2017.