Friday, January 18, 2019

Diary of a Sorceress- Silver Dagger Book Tours (Jan. 18 through Feb. 18)

Diary of a Sorceress
by Ashley Dioses
Genre: Dark Poetry

The young poet Ashley Dioses has already established herself as a leading voice in contemporary weird poetry. Known for her meticulous use of rhyme and meter, her deft melding of the strange and the erotic, and her novel treatments of such age-old themes as the vampire, the witch, and the ghoul, Dioses now gathers the best of her recent poetry into her first collection—a scintillating assemblage of nearly 100 poems short and long, published and unpublished.

With this single volume, Ashley Dioses takes her place as a worthy successor to the long line of California Romantics, beginning with Ambrose Bierce, Clark Ashton Smith, and Nora May French, and carrying on with Donald Sidney-Fryer and K. A. Opperman (The Crimson Tome), with whom she has worked closely.

Ashley began writing at the age of 12. Upon discovering the macabre work of Edgar Allan Poe, she took a borderline obsessive interest in writing horror and dark fantasy poetry and even a few fantasy novels. Her favorite authors of horror and fantasy at that time were Stephen King, Dean Koontz, J.R.R. Tolkien, Piers Anthony, and Brian Jacques who also influenced her work.

She wrote up until her senior year of high school and then took a break before starting up again after college in 2011. With a nudge from a new friend, she discovered a new kind of horror, dark fantasy, and weird work from authors such as Clark Ashton Smith, H.P. Lovecraft, George Sterling, Donald Sidney-Fryer, and David Park Barnitz.

With this new treasure trove of horror and weird authors, she began to broaden her writing.

Aside from writing, her other passion is martial arts. When she was 12 she started practicing a shotokan Japanese karate mix (called 'American' karate) and Judo at Red Dragon until she reached 3rd class brown belt at 15. At 18 she started practicing Soo Bahk Do, a Korean karate, where she stayed for four years, getting her black belt and taught as an instructor for a brief period of time before leaving.

Follow the tour HERE for exclusive content and a giveaway!

Monday, January 14, 2019

Crossroads Issue 31 by Eye to the Telescope

My poem, Seal the Veil, is the first poem published this year and you can find it in Crossroads Issue 31 edited by Heather Moser by Eye to the Telescope.  You can read it for free along with the rest of the issue.  Or you can read it here (but you should also check out the rest of the issue).


Sunday, January 13, 2019

Eternal Haunted Summer Winter 2018 and Disturbed Digest Winter 2018

I kept meaning to make this post while it was still December but oh well.  My Odin themed poem, Reddened Ravens, was published in the 2018 Winter issue of Eternal Haunted Summer.

I also just received my copy of Disturbed Digest Winter 2018 by Alban Lake, which contains my poem, Light Fades in Her Dark Embrace.

Light Fades in Her Dark Embrace was originally published in Blood Moon Rising Issue 51 in its unedited hideous form but makes its way back into the light all edited.  It will be in The Withering.