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Cemetery Poets
Grave Offerings
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ISBN-10: 1-55404-018-3
Genre: Dark Fantasy
eBook Length: 210 Pages
Published: January 2003

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Let your eyes adjust to the darkness contained within this unparalleled tome of terrifying poetry. Let yourself be drawn down into the mausoleum of decayed verbiage and grim visions, meeting the poets your mortician always warned you about. These seventeen international authors gathered in the cemetery are already well known within horror poetry circles for their diverse imaginations. Deftly shifting from free verse to sonnets, from grotesque to darkly comical, the Cemetery Poets scream from beyond the grave with deadly accuracy. Editor Peggy Jo Shumate asks, "Do you have a dread of shadowy places?" The answer, after reading Cemetery Poets: Grave Offerings, will undoubtedly be a resounding yes! Step inside the cemetery gates and
savor every wretched flavor of fear ever conceived.

Reviews and Awards

Dark Realms Magazine

Cemetery Poets: Grave Offerings
Edited by Peggy Jo Shumate
Double Dragon ($33.00) Hardcover

Poetry seems to have become a lost art over the past few decades, perhaps because it isn't as commercially marketable in today's literary world, and the major publishers tend to shy away from projects that are possible financial risks. But every now and then, a publisher will put art and integrity before monetary gain, and take a chance on something that breaks free from the mainstream. With Grave Offerings, Double Dragon Press does just that. This hardbound collection contains over 200 works of dark poetry from several of today's most renowned "cemetery poets."

The numerous standout works range from Kurt Newton's haunting epic "The Woman in the Window in the House Upon the Hill" to editor Peggy Jo Shumate's "The Music Box" to John Edward Lawson's artistic free form verses. The themes range from tragically romantic melancholia to the horrors of the waking world to the macabre realms of the undead. If you are a lover of poetry that leaves you with an uneasy feeling or sends chills down your spine, Grave Offerings will satisfy your dark cravings.

-Devon King, Dark Realms Magazine

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Cemetery Poets - Trade and E-book
Edited by Peggy Jo Shumate
Double Dragon Publishing 1-55404-018-3

Review by Michael Purfield

"Cemetery Poets" is the end-all collection of horror poetry. Yes, it is just over 200 pages, but it is packed with poems and vignettes that detail torture, pain, internal and external struggle, deformity, evil, God, Satan, family, and then some.

Michael Arnzen offers some of his best work dealing with the grotesque; David Bowlin explores alienation; obsessive love leaks from L.J. Blount's words; Steven Shrewsbury offers contemporary and barbarian operatic violence; turbulent beauty erupts from Susanne S. Brydenbraugh; Christina Sng covers the pages with flowery disgust; and Paul Kane offers his ever clever horror scenarios.

I found all the poets in this collection very talented in their visuals and how they pulled many emotions from my being. I was mostly impressed how some of the poets told such simple stories in so few words, even adding twists in the end.

But in some way, I also felt that the party was too crowded. There were too many cooks here with many different flavors, and I was a bit over-whelmed. I commend Shumate's effort here, and I still don't think it was a bad idea. "Cemetery Poets" might be better consumed in doses and not in one sitting as I did. Then again, poetry is like alcohol, if you take in too much you might get disorientated and sick.

(NOTE: I in no way became sick while reading this collection, although the poets did try with some of their graphic poems.)

Baryon Magazine #90

Cemetery Poets: GRAVE OFFERINGS:

Edited by Peggy Jo Shumate
$4.99 various formats
210 pages
ISBN: 1554040183
Reviewed by Barry Hunter.

I?ve always considered poetry to be word pictures. They can also be considered as extremely short stories that tell a vivid picture in a few words. Here is a collection of all types of poems: short ones, long ones, rhyming ones, and prose ones. It is also a collection of vivid images brought on by the words. They range from the pits of hell to the tips of our tongues. They share their thoughts and as you think of some of them, you wonder if they might be your thoughts as well.

Talented writers David Bowlin, Peggy Jo Shumate, Megan Powell, Scott Urban, Paul Kane, Matt Hewitt, G.W. Thomas, C. Lynn Young and others take you on a tour that ranges from the soul to the grave with all points in between. I believe that there is a hardcover version forthcoming as well. You might want to pick it up as well and place it on the poetry shelve between Lovecraft and Poe.

Cemetery Poets (Excerpt)

Cemetery Poets: Grave Offerings


David Bowlin

Peggy Jo Shumate

L.J. Blount

Michael Arnzen

Paul Kane

Matt Hewitt

Kurt Newton

Brian Rosenberger

Scott Urban

Susanne Brydenbaugh

Christina Sng

Steven L. Shrewsbury

G.W. Thomas

John Lawson

Megan Powell

JD Pearce

L. Lynn Young

All the Cemetery Poets wish to thank Double Dragon Publishing and Deron Douglas, whose kindness, generosity, and talent produced a dream come true!

Edited by Peggy Jo Shumate

Cemetery Poets: Grave Offerings

The Brutal Introduction:

The world's a tough place? to survive, you have to be? BRUTAL!

Do you have a dread of shadowy places? Do you get Goosebumps when you read terrifying words and hear chilling stories beyond the deathly realms? Do you fear that claw-like hand bursting through the graveyard or that tombstone spelling your name? Are you apprehensive about turning the next page of this book? Boo!

Yes! You reply.

Good! I have you in my death grip and you have now entered the graveyard prose! There's no way out ?brave reader, you must journey on into a world we poets take you: To worlds filled with Pandora's Box, surreal visions of Hell, and even meeting yourself face-to-face on the other side.

I have a very strange tale to tell you. Some very vivid and surreal occurrences have happened in the world around us. We dare not think of what horrors lay in the minds of the decadent and the wicked with their baneful prose.

You've now become our devoted reader of poetic words of panic! Lend your ears (and souls) to the Cemetery Poets! They've gathered in the graveyard and are chanting their elegies. Their mournful wails float through the branches in the vein Edgar Allen Poe. Chills are sure to dance upon your skin and prickle your tender flesh with Goosebumps. Like Poe's work, dark sinister, yet legible if you read it and understand it? if you - open your mind to his dementia: The Cemetery Poets will allow visuals to seep into your mind, you might be startled at first, you might even be more frightened with how much you relate to these terrors, the demons of your own panic-stricken psyche. One thing is for certain, however, you will realize how these poets are truly poetically sane for the insane.

The wide variety of Poets in this book has ideas of the `dark side' and what lies beneath the graveyard of bones and flesh. These menagerie of Poets have a told of their fanciful surreal encounters with the Grim Reaper! I hope the prose inside these sacred pages send shivers down your spine and leave you with the feeling of dread. Instead of Nightmares and Dreams - I hope you are haunted with eternal Nightscreams.

Peggy Jo Shumate

November 2002