Spectral Realms No. 09









  • A Weird Poetry Journal
  • Edited by S. T. Joshi
  • Wraparound cover illustration and cover design by Daniel V. Sauer
  • No. 9 (Summer 2018)
  • 136 pages
  • ISBN 9781614982289
  • ISSN 2333-4215




The ninth issue of Hippocampus Press’s acclaimed journal of weird poetry features verse by some of the leading contemporary poets of fantasy, horror, and the supernatural, including Frank Coffman, Fred Chappell, Ashley Dioses, Wade German, K. A. Opperman, Leigh Blackmore, Jessica Amanda Salmonson, Ann K. Schwader, and the late Michael Fantina. Such significant fiction writers as John Shirley, Darrell Schweitzer, and David Barker also contribute striking weird verse, while Liam Garriock, David B. Harrington, Charles D. O’Connor III, and others show that the prose-poem is alive and well.


Among the classic reprints are rare and unreprinted poems by Madison Cawein (a prominent poet of the turn of the 20th century, much of whose work is laced with weirdness) and Dora Sigurson Shorter. Marcos Legaria contributes the first part of a detailed examination of the influence of Clark Ashton Smith upon the poetry of Robert Nelson, who in his tragically brief life (1912–1935) produced some scintillating work that continues to attract attention.


In the section of reviews, Donald Sidney-Fryer assesses Henry J. Vester III’s Of Mist and Crystal; Frank Coffman supplies a sensitive reading of Ashley Dioses’s Diary of a Sorceress; and Russ Parkhurst evaluates Adam Bolivar’s book of ballads, The Lay of Old Hex.





The Visionary / Ian Futter

Final Library / Ann K. Schwader

Flesh Flowers / John Shirley

Forty Years in Innsmouth / M. F. Webb

A Dream of Vengeance (In Imitation of Robert E. Howard) / Michael Fantina

The Thing in the Forest: A Revbaiyat / Frank Coffman

The Urge to Write / Liam Garriock

The Sorceress’s Lament / Ashley Dioses

Cornflower Valley / Christina Sng.

The Willful Child / Fred Chappell

Cat Girl Cantata / Michael D. Miller

A Voyage Too Far / J. T. Edwards

Are We Not Beautiful in Our Decay? / Allan Rozinski

The Song of the Siren / Chelsea Arrington

Acrostic Sonnet in Memory of Providence, R.I.,  August  / Charles Lovecraft

A Bloodless Man / Mary Krawczak Wilson

Great Mother / David B. Harrington

Three Witches / David Barker

Angry in His Grave / Darrell Schweitzer

Toads / Wade German

The Witch’s Son / Adam Bolivar

Halloween Reverie / K. A. Opperman

Contemplate the Alchemy of Dancing Quantum Particles / Kendall Evans

Rek-Cocci Stirs / Scott J. Couturier

The Loved / Ian Futter

Antarktos Sequence / Manuel Pérez-Campos

On a Poet’s th Birthday / Leigh Blackmore

Spectral Realms: An Homage / Frank Coffman

The Angel’s Pen / Charles D. O’Connor III

Gautier Ghost Story / Chad Hensley

Lucifer Romantico / Tatiana

We Are the Owls / Jessica Amanda Salmonson

Thalía / Manuel Arenas

The Wendigo / Michelle Jeffrey

She’s a Legend: A Song Sung by the Unsung / John Shirley

Elegy for Futurism / Liam Garriock

Spectral Noir / Deborah L. Davitt

Graveyard Feline Morning / Benjamin Blake

The Vampire’s Mother / Christina Sng

The Dark Reclaims Us / Ann K. Schwader

The Unseen / Mary Krawczak Wilson

The Last God / David Barker

Night Thoughts of a Nonentity / Manuel Pérez-Campos

When Black Tom Came / Scott J. Couturier

Scholar and Sorcerer: For S. T. Joshi, on His th Birthday

( June ) / Michael Fantina

Flowers from Another World / Kendall Evans

Dark Entry IV / Chad Hensley

The Last Illusion of Robert Houdin / Jessica Amanda Salmonson

On Wings of Fire / David B. Harrington

The Merman / Tatiana

Of Hooves and Horns / Michelle Jeffrey

Weird Tales, the First Run: An Homage / Frank Coffman

In Ligno / Deborah L. Davitt

The Mermaid / Christina Sng

When Nightfall Comes to Ooth-Nargai / Manuel Pérez-Campos

The Autumn Sphinx / Liam Garriock


Classic Reprints 

The Creaking Door / Madison Cawein

The Fairy Changeling / Dora Sigerson Shorter



Clark Ashton Smith and Robert Nelson: Master and Apprentice: Part  / Marcos Legaria


In the Footsteps of the Masters / Donald Sidney-Fryer

A New Formalist / Frank Coffman

Drowning in Delicious Weird / Russ Parkhurst

Musings Philosophical and Religious / Donald Sidney-Fryer


Notes on Contributors 





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