Sunday, December 13, 2009

Halloween: New Poems

Here's a review of a forthcoming book from Cemetery Dance. Be sure to order a copy while it is still available. They are taking pre-orders and there is a 52 copy lettered limited avaialable as well.

HALLOWEEN: NEW POEMS, edited by Al Sarrantonio, Cemetery Dance, $40, 120 pages, ISBN: 9781587672057, reviewed by Barry Hunter.

March is not a month you usually think about poetry. February is one of those where poetry comes to mind. October is another one of those months where poetry does not normally come to mind. Thanks to Cemetery Dance, this March you will think about poetry and you will think of October as well.

Al Sarrantonio has collected forty one poems about Halloween and they will be available in March of 2010. This volume contains poems from some of the top horror writers in the field. This volue includes the first poems from Joe Lansdale, as well as poems from James A. Moore, Gary Braunbeck, Tom Piccirilli, Tom Disch, and others fill out this unusual volume with a terrific cover by Alan Clark.

The poems are broken down into categories such as “Trick or Treat”, “Pumpkins”, “Ghoulies”, “Ghosties”, “Samhein”, “Dead Leaves” and other topics of the season. There are haikus, rhyming poems, prose poems, and a long story poem that show the talents of the writers and their creativity in capturing the essence of the season.

Sarrantonio and Cemetery Dance have put together another unique collection that will be of interest to lovers of poetry and horror. This collection is one that will be of interest at times other than Halloween. Pick this one up before it goes out of print and keep it on the shelf next to THE DEVILS WINE, if you were fortunate enough to obtain the other landmark volume of poetry from Cemetery Dance. Be sure to order this from before it's too late.

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