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recent poetry into her first collection—a scintillating assemblage of nearly 100 poems short and long, published and unpublished.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.

Friday, December 21, 2018


I have received a couple interesting reviews lately.  The first is a lovely piece by Frank Coffman on Diary of a Sorceress, which can be found in the latest issue of Spectral Realms (#9). 

The second is more of a non-review of my story Amadis the Enchantress, which appears in Test Patterns: Creature Features by Planet X Publications.  I suppose no review is better than a bad review, I guess?  For actual reviews on the rest of the content, go here.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Illumen Autumn 2018 and Spectral Realms No. 9

I have recently acquired my contributor copies of Illumen Autumn 2018 by Alban Lake, which features my poem reprint of The Necro-Conjuring Sorceress, and Spectral Realms No. 9 by Hippocampus Press, which contains my poem The Sorceress's Lament.

(Beautiful art by the amazing Dan Sauer!)

(Get the issue [it's only $10!] to read the full poem.)

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Other Writing Updates

The Withering is now out of my hands and into the hands of others, awaiting judgment, and all I can do now is wait.  But I hate waiting and instead of twiddling my thumbs and staring at my email, I can continue to focus on my next project... Diary of a Vampyress.

Diary of a Vampyress is already shaping up to be a wicked awesome collection if I say so myself.  This will be a very Gothic-centric poetry collection, featuring a recurring character from Diary of a Sorceress, Countess Nadia.

This collection currently has 45 poems, with 6 reprints from DoaS translated into Hungarian and French, respectively.  It currently has 7 sections: Vampires, Devils, and Daemons, Witches, Werewolves, and Skeletons, Femme Fatales/Romance, Nature, Halloween/Autumn, Apocalypse, and Translations.

My goal is to have around 80 poems in it.

I am also working on a nonfiction book that's becoming a rather fun challenge.  The research I need for it is sparse but the books I do find with useful information are incredibly fascinating... and disturbing.  This book I know now will be years in the making.  What is it, you ask?  A secret.   

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

ToC for The Withering!

The Withering is a compilation of my 50 best poetry from my early years.  It clocks in at around 9800 words and contains an afterword, endnotes, the chronological order, and the acknowledgments.  I am working on getting an introduction for it and some blurbs.

I have also sent it off to two interested publishers, so cross your fingers!

My Afterword gives a little history of how these poems came to be written and what I was going through during that time that perhaps influenced a lot of the themes in it.  Here is the first paragraph.

" I began writing horror and dark fantastical poetry since the age of twelve.  My inspirations then included writers, musicians, and artists such as Edgar Allan Poe, J. R. R. Tolkien, The Misfits, Cradle of Filth, Dimmu Borgir, and Luis Royo, among others.  The Withering is basically the end result of listening to a lot of metal and reading horror."

The endnotes give a little insight on various poems from what inspired them to some being certain milestones in my poetic career.

Table of Contents

I. A Luminous Darkness (Nature)

A Luminous Darkness
Light Fades in Her Dark Embrace
Plague’s Wake
Life Decayed

II. Pale Radiance (Supernatural)

A Lust for Blood
Quest for the Flesh
Into the Dark I Came
Dead Kings Rise
Karmic Repercussion
Like a Fixed Star
Djinn Deceiver
Hollow King
The Sorceress’s Lament
The Prideful Scribe
Crimson Swirls
In the Name of Hell
Pale Radiance
Paper Doll Displays
A Soul of Filth
Tears of Eternity
Behind Dead Eyes Part 1
Behind Dead Eyes Part 2
I Am the Most Beautiful Angel
The Entrance

III. Night Cries (Psychological Horror)

Twisted Saying
Night Cries
Dreams Forever Will Remain
The Darker Me
Believe Me
The Picture
The Porcelain Garden
A Haunting Sensation Part 1
A Haunting Sensation Part 2
The Creator
The Monster
The Guillotine
Splinters in My Skin
Death Upon Me

IV. A is for Axe Murderer (Body Horror)

A is for Axe Murderer
The Surgical Suite
Body Parts
The Body Shop
Strung By a Noose

Chronological Order