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Blog Tour: The Macabre Masterpiece

The Macabre Masterpiece: Poems of Horror and Gore by Justin Bienvenue

Please see my review, posted here.

SYNOPSIS: An anthology of fifty poems of the creepy, the eerie and the even down right horrific. Five chapters about all things gruesome, strange and unknown. Hell, a look into and take on the underworld as we have come to know it. Blood, the tales of the notorious red liquid from different levels. Creatures, some of histories most beloved and feared monsters each with their own little twist. Creepy, poems of things that leave us shaken and hidden deep under our covers scared out of our minds. Suspense, tales that leave us scared but turning the page and gripping the edge of our seats wanting more. The Macabre Masterpiece, a sure scare, treat and must read for all horror and poetry lovers out there.

EXCERPT: The Spirit of the dead is near, they’ve asked me to bring you all here, I can see it in your eyes, you all look despaired..

The need for bloodshed is done in the back of the shed in the back of the head until the back is red.

Crouching in position posing in perfect posture, on the rooftop of a gothic cathedral sits a monster.. Continue reading Blog Tour: The Macabre Masterpiece

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Review: The Macabre Masterpiece: Poems of Horror and Gore

The Macabre Masterpiece: Poems of Horror and Gore
The Macabre Masterpiece: Poems of Horror and Gore by Justin Bienvenue
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Let the red run slowly into the stream
In this river your hands will not be washed clean
Guilt will arise and your skin will stain
Plain and drained to the vein from those you’ve slain

The Macabre Masterpiece is a collection of short poems with a Gothic feel to them, mainly due to the subject matter – blood, vampires, and the like. It attempted to shed new light on this subject matter, using poetry as the medium.

There were various rhyming patterns utilized, and many of the rhymes sounded forced, as if the sentence was purposely convoluted to ensure the rhyme happened at the end of the line. Also of note, there was little to no punctuation, creating a run-on of words with no pauses for breath indicated.

While the blurb promised in-dept poems, most of them were very superficial and could have been giving more depth – more gore, more horror – instead of just simply describing the subject. There was no “showing,” simply “telling” the reader – sometimes in creative ways – how blood looks or how death is.

Quick horror poems portraying vampires, murderers, and blood, The Macabre Masterpiece takes a light-to-the-night and the creatures crawling there, but leaves the reader with only a Dr. Seuss headache.

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Guest Post: Carroll Bryant

Today I have YA author/poet/songwriter Carroll Bryant here for a little Q&A session. Before you dig into this interview, make sure you check out his new release, “Of The Light.”
TK: Why did you choose to write YA?

CB: I didn’t really choose it as much as it chose me. That and the fact that when I was younger, I had the best time of my life. It wasn’t until I hit 30 when life appeared to start slowing down a little. I realized that life is more exciting when you’re young so I gravitated to YA for that purpose. I think it’s because when you’re young, and on the cusp of adulthood or early stages of it, you’re allowed to do things that you won’t be allowed to do when you’re older. You’re allowed to make your mistakes. That and the fact that basically, the whole world is at your feet. I mean, there’s so many people you can choose to be at that age. Youth is a lot of fun. At least, it was for me. Not that aging is all that bad. But younger, life moves pretty fast. And I miss that. So I guess I relive those days through my characters.

Review: A Story not Wished to be Read

A Story not Wished to be Read
A Story not Wished to be Read by Nicola Black
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Are you willing to risk
Getting lost in the shadows
To bring me light?

This collection of poems takes the reader down the mental wanderings every reader can relate to. Tales of love, loss, pain, faith, etc. are all wrapped up in neat little poetry lines, begging the reader to understand and delve into deeper thought.

A Story not Wished to be Read is a misleadingly quick read – it will have you thinking about those words long after you turn the pages.

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Guest Post: Nicola Black

Today I bring to you a book of poetry by Nicola Black as part of the Making Connections book tour. First, a little Q&A with Nicola!

TK: Since this is a book of poems, do you have a favorite? One that speaks to you above the others?

NB: I think it would be a toss up between Tell Me and He Was There.  They both started as songs for me, and I catch myself singing them sometimes. They represent two prominent  areas of my life.  Tell Me questions existent and wonders if there’s a purpose for an individual, and He Was There, though written before I started dating my boyfriend, really describes our relationship and how I feel about him.  *blushes*
TK: Where do you get your inspiration from?
NB: My inspiration was from life really.  Observing it and experiencing it.  Going through the usual teen angst and coming out the other side more mature and secure.  And of course I am influenced by different mediums.  I see something on TV or read something, and it just clicks for me.  I have to write something down then.
TK: Who’s your favorite author? Genre?
NB: My favorite author is Charles Dickens actually.  But my favorite genre is fantasy.  Kind of a contradiction I think. 🙂
TK: What are you working on now? Can you give us an idea of what you’re novels will be about?
NB: I’m working on three novels and a collection of short stories.  The first novel I started was A Spy of Kings.  It’s about a young spy in another world who is sent on a dangerous mission with her dragon.  Along the way, she meets sarcastic Arnold the warlock, and charming Jaquoven Wolf, the crime lord. The second book I’m working on is Telepathetic. Kiera thinks she’s going insane because she hears a voice in her head. But the voice insists that he’s real. The newest novel is an experiment for me.  It’s called Numb Killings and is about a woman telling of her murders from person. It’s not too gory though. My collection of short stories is entitled Nightmares and Dreams.  I have a friend who describes them as psychological thrillers.
TK: Great! Thanks for stopping by, Nicola. Now, here’s more about her book: Continue reading Guest Post: Nicola Black