Praise for Diary of a Sorceress

These lapidary selections reveal a practiced auctorial hand and a keen and enshadowed imagination. . . . From the first selection to the last, the poet conducts us on a wild and innovative tour of beauty and horror.—From Donald Sidney-Fryer’s introduction

I have no doubt that Ashley Dioses is an important and distinctive voice in weird poetry. She may be at the beginning of her career, but she can already take her place with Ann K. Schwader, Wade German, and Adam Bolivar as one of the shining lights in this field.—S. T. Joshi

The title of this collection is spot-on: for if ever there was a sorceress of imagery and language, that poet is the magnificent Ashley Dioses. I am overjoy’d to have this new book in my trembling hand.—W. H. Pugmire, author of Monstrous Aftermath: Stories in the Lovecraftian Tradition

West Coast Romanticism takes a Gothic turn in these richly imagined verses.  Crafted in the tradition of Clark Ashton Smith and George Sterling — yet with a fresh, vibrantly female spirit—voices often missing from the dark fantastic speak out clearly.  Witch or valkyrie, selkie or sorceress, each has her own story . . . and the right amanuensis.  Ashley Dioses delivers an addictive blend of myth, shadow-dream, and pure emotion.—Ann K. Schwader, author of Dark Energies

With incantations both delicate and potent, Dioses’ Sorceress teases secrets from the moon and stars, the nightshade and the lily, the creatures of myth and the gilded rogues gallery headed by Lady Bathory. In this exquisite debut, the object of love may be ever-elusive, but the passion it inspires is eternal.—Kyla Lee Ward, author of The Land of Bad Dreams

From fae to fantastic, from vampires to Valkyries, from Medusa, moons and maenads, from ghouls and graveyards to selkies and sirens, Ashley Dioses’ weird poetry, in sonnet, rondel and other forms, runs the gamut of hellish themes. The inclusion here of tributes to such writers as Poe, Beckford, Le Fanu, Chambers, Lovecraft and Clark Ashton Smith, and even to Sacher-Masoch, Richard Gavin and Donald Sidney-Fryer, does not detract from Dioses’ originality of voice. The epic “Atop the Crystal Moon” alone is worth the price of admission. This first collection by a young weird poet proves her a mistress of sorcerous sensuality, weaving a witchery of words that will captivate and enchant.—Leigh Blackmore, author of Spores from Sharnoth and Other Madnesses

Nicely spooky stuff, vivid and atmospheric. The poetry of Ashley Dioses makes me wish I were still editing Weird Tales. She would have been a natural there.—Darrell Schweitzer, author of The Shattered Goddess

Dioses has conjured a collection in the style of C.A. Smith, yet with a fresh perspective that works so well. Her “dark diary” expands as we go. Some notable favorites: “Night Play” where she sees Pegasus with “eyes like molten gold”;  you’ll be entranced by the magic of her long poem, “Atop the Crystal Moon” and shiver after reading “Bat in the Boiler Room” with lines such as “Beyond the halls invisible in gloom/ the bat hung waiting in the boiler room”. A remarkable collection, recommended!—Marge Simon, Bram Stoker Award winner of Vampires, Zombies & Wanton Souls

Ashley Dioses’ poetry collection sings with a classical style that’s accessible, not dated. Each of the four entry sections in this Diary of a Sorceress delivers a different version of magical beings, fantastic creatures, desire and blood offerings. The poems unwind like spells, seducing the reader with beautifully formed language. Flowers fill shadowy nights with scents of death and struggling life pressed between pages, withered, yet fragrant. Come dream a dreamer’s dream of longing with Dioses.—Linda D. Addison, award-winning author of How to Recognize a Demon Has Become Your Friend

Here for your delectation, youthful passionate lyric verses of darkness and dread, the greater number of them having a surprisingly upbeat tone as though Love in the key of Gloom means eternal romance, if not High Fetish. Additionally the poet has a delight in Thesauric Discoveries for Goths!—Jessica Amanda Salmonson, author of Anthony Shriek

With Diary of a Sorceress, Ashley Dioses displays a rare magic with words, assembled into poems that are really spells. Whether she’s conjuring a lustful Maenad, the Blood Countess, or lost Carcosa, these enchantments are dark, lush, wondrous, disturbing, and completely hypnotic.—Lisa Morton, multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Samhanach and Other Halloween Treat

Ashley Dioses is one of the brightest talents of the new generation of poets working in the weird verse tradition and a collection of her work is something to be welcomed and treasured.—Peter Atkins, screenwriter of Hellbound: Hellraiser II and Wishmaster

Ashley Dioses’ debut, Diary of a Sorceress, is rich with macabre, lyrical imagination. It opens doors to beauty, and labyrinths fraught with radiant blasphemies. Her poetry rests comfortably beside that of Weird Tales, Arkham House, Ann K. Schwader, and Richard L. Tierney.—Joseph S. Pulver, Sr., editor of The Madness of Dr. Caligari

There is delicate music in Diary of a Sorceress by Ashley Dioses. Written in traditional forms, Diary is a promising first volume from a new fantasy poet. Filled with uncanny love potions to her beloved, delicious and captivating lines, and rhythmical tributes to Poe, George Sterling, C. A. Smith, and Robert Chambers, Diary of a Sorceress shows meter is continuing its fine resurgence in modern weird poetry, and in the work of Ashley Dioses.—Charles Lovecraft, Publisher & Editor, P’rea Press

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