Spectral Realms No. 11









  • A Weird Poetry Journal
  • Edited by S. T. Joshi
  • Cover art and design by Daniel V. Sauer
  • No. 11 (Summer 2019)
  • 142 pages
  • ISBN 9781614982739
  • ISSN 2333-4215




The latest issue of Hippocampus Press’s acclaimed journal of weird poetry begins with a moving elegy to the late W. H. Pugmire by Wade German, one of the leading weird poets of our time. Other luminaries of contemporary weird verse, including Christina Sng, Pat Calhoun, K. A. Opperman, Ashley Dioses, and Darrell Schweitzer, are also included.


This issue is distinguished by works displaying virtuosity in a variety of verse forms, including a poetic drama by Tatiana Strange, a rondel by Frank Coffman, ballads by Adam Bolivar and Carl E. Reed, haiku by Geoffrey A. Landis, sonnets by Ann K. Schwader, David C. Kopaska-Merkel, and others, and striking examples of free verse by Ross Balcom, Ian Futter, and others. Donald Sidney-Fryer indites a poetic letter to G. Sutton Breiding. And striking prose poems by Manuel Arenas, Liam Garriock, David Barker, and Maxwell Gold highlight the issue.


Among the classic reprints we find an uncollected poem by May Sinclair and a poem by Samuel John Alexander that was much appreciated by Clark Ashton Smith. Marcos Legaria provides the third and final segment of his expansive essay on Robert Nelson’s relations with Clark Ashton Smith, quoting numerous letters by Nelson and also several entire poems. And Donald Sidney-Fryer supplies a detailed review of Frank Coffman’s scintillating volume The Coven’s Hornbook and Other Poems.


In all, this issue demonstrates why Spectral Realms has become the go-to venue for today’s weird poets.




The Tomb of Wilum Hopfrog Pugmire / Wade German

The Blackbird’s Ghost / Abigail Wildes

Temptation Entombed / David Barker

Eternal Lovers / Carl E. Reed

Covert / F. J. Bergmann

On a Threadbare Photograph of H.P.L. at  66 College St. / Manuel Pérez-Campos

The Witch of Hearts / Chelsea Arrington

The Legend of Vlad and Juztina / Tatiana

A Lady and Her Monster / Christopher Collingwood

The Hill of Bones / G. O. Clark

Space-Time / Ron L. Johnson II

The Monsters Within / Christina Sng

Doctor Fulci’s Fantastic Cure for Nightmares / Liam Garriock

Temple of the Condor / Ann K. Schwader

Subterranean Hungers / David C. Kopaska-Merkel

The Great Wheel / Frank Coffman

The Necromancer's Charm / Scott J. Couturier

Tomb without Walls / Ross Balcom

The Final Scrawl / Pat Calhoun

The Jack-o’-Lantern Hearted / K. A. Opperman

The Vampire-Need / Cecelia Hopkins-Drewer

The Duke of Balladry / Adam Bolivar

Disclosure / Norbert Góra

Guillotined / Carl E. Reed

Altar of Yig / David Barker

Poe / Randall D. Larson

Haruspex / Geoffrey A. Landis

The Secret Pool / Darrell Schweitzer

As One Poet to Another / G. Sutton Breiding

She Tasted of Gin and Death / Curtis M. Lawson

Vampire Vigil / Manuel Arenas

The Thing That Watches While I Write / Thomas Tyrrell

Plague’s Wake / Ashley Dioses

To a Cat-Daemon: A Litany of Antient Ægypt / Manuel Pérez-Campos

Methuselah / Wade German

Cassandra Can’t Tell You / Allan Rozinski

Lair of the Bat People / Ross Balcom

Reparation / Christina Sng

In the Days of the Vertical Ocean / David C. Kopaska-Merkel

The Underwater Circus / Kurt Newton

Super-Position / Ron L. Johnson II

The Absence of Clouds / G. O. Clark

Divided by Demons / Mary Krawczak Wilson

Down the Garden Path / M. F. Webb

The God of Phlegm / Maxwell Gold

Cruel Eleanora / Adam Bolivar

Tears of the Raven / Christopher Collingwood

Graveyard of the Gods / Scott J. Couturier.

Solving for X / Ann K. Schwader

The Demon Ball / Tatiana

The Bog Man / Chelsea Arrington

On Gustave Moreau’s Canvas The Apparition / Manuel Pérez-Campos

Black-Tongue Kiss / Carl E. Reed

Diner of Delights / Claire Smith

Inquiry Regarding the Dead / David Barker

Styx / Christina Sng

The Fairiest / Oliver Smith

The Separation / Ian Futter

The Ghost Factory / F. J. Bergmann

The Baleful Beldam / Manuel Arenas

Remains / David C. Kopaska-Merkel


Classic Reprints

Fright / May Sinclair

The Silent House / Samuel John Alexander



Clark Ashton Smith and Robert Nelson: Master and Apprentice (Part 3) /

Marcos Legaria



A Guidebook for Witches and Warlocks / Donald Sidney-Fryer


Notes on Contributors  




This product was added to our catalog on Monday 10 June, 2019.