Sacred Oaks Press Bridges Genre Gap with E.J. Stevens' Paranormal Poetry
On March 3, 2011 Sacred Oaks Press will celebrate the one year publishing anniversary of Shadows of Myth and Legend by E.J. Stevens, a book bridging the gap between readers of poetry and paranormal fiction.
Readers of poetry and popular paranormal fiction do not often mix, but E.J. Stevens is changing that. Sacred Oaks Press released Stevens' paranormal poetry anthology Shadows of Myth and Legend in 2010 to surprising cross-genre reader reception.
Reviews of Shadows of Myth and Legend reflect the wide range of readership, from poetry enthusiasts to readers who normally avoid the genre.
"The poetry of E.J. Stevens is dark, sometimes lyrical and always interesting. Stevens beautifully paints images with words, tells stories within the poems and holds onto a magical quality that is quite stunning.
I just want to sit back and enjoy the flow of the words, the haunting world of myth and legend, of paranormal creatures and beasts of times long gone that Stevens has immortalized in the written word. And enjoy it I did."
--Roxanne Rhoads, Fang-tastic Books
"filled with poems about vampires, demons and other creatures of the night. It is not your typical book of poetry but "dark poetry". I have always been a fan of the supernatural and I enjoyed the book. The author has a wonderful imagination and some of her poems were chilling. I recommend this book to everyone who is not afraid of the dark and what lurks within it."
--Melissa, Books R Us
"I really enjoyed this little work of Art! I was lulled into the dark mind of a poet, and taken on a trip. It was fantastic, and I had so many favorites, though this stood out to me: Grindylow - Page 45. I love a great horror, and this was one of those tales that did not disappoint me in the scare department!
I recommend this delectably dark book to every one!"
--Freda, Freda's Voice
"The first thing that stands out about this collection of poetry is the amount of talent that E.J. Stevens has. This isn't some slapped together version of poems put into a book for people to enjoy. Instead there is an immense collection of very dark poems. Each poem brings about a picture from some of the creatures of legends and although it doesn't describe every movement of these creatures I could vividly imagine the darkness that trailed behind all these creatures.
Shadows of Myth and Legend is perfect for any fan of dark creatures that are from legends and fairy tales and will make a great collection of poems for the dark poetry lover. Even if one isn't a dark poetry fan it's worth it to see what that style is all about."
--Cindy Hannikman, Fantasy Book Critic
"The imagery is outstanding!"
--Kelli, I'd So Rather Be Reading
"Now, I want you to think about all the creatures you read about in paranormal books. Now take all those creatures and put it in poetry. That is the basis of this book. The author has beautiful poetry featuring wolves, vampires, fae, gnomes, zombie's, unicorns, sirens, reapers and more. Each poem is wonderfully written and has a dark feel to each one. I really enjoyed each one, and the feel of each one. "
--Amy, My Overstuffed Bookshelf
"E.J. Stevens' Shadows of Myth and Legend is a fascinating collection of short, powerful poems that thrill, chill and delight. Delving into established mythology, Stevens brings all manner of mythical creatures out of the shadows for a glimpse of the world behind the curtain. Her strategy is not to explore the legends deeply, but to provide hints of them; the result is a beguiling and provocative volume that creates more curiosity and tension than would facing the horror full on. Like From the Shadows, Stevens' previous collection of shaded paranormal poetry, this collection is divided into sections. Stevens takes us on a tour of the darker side of the elements (e.g., "Earth & Below;" "Fire & War") and each of the sections presents short vignettes, such as the cautionary tale of a would-be unfaithful husband in "Woman in White," or brief psychological sketches, as in "Loup Garou." In fact, "Loup Garou" is one of the shortest in the collection at eight-lines; but it also one of the most thrilling with its cold revelation of a once-human's nature. The Loup Garou is a French legend of a human who changes into a wolf at his/her own will, and in Stevens' hands, the narrator's choice to kill is entirely her own; unlike a vampire or a more commonly known werewolf, the Loup Garou can choose its nature - and, in this short, chilling poem, does. The last section of the book, interestingly, provides a Bestiary, listing all the strange and frightening creatures she writes about and the pages on which they could be found. These include banshees, fairies, vampires, werewolves and zombies, among others.
Each of the poems displays Stevens' impeccable sense meter and rhyme. A lesser poet may find herself slave to the lilting rhythm and flowing words Stevens so masterfully controls. After all, it's easy for a writer to lose himself in verbal games, thereby losing the reader in technique. Stevens, however, works wondrously and naturally within her structure without misstep. She's a rhythmic virtuoso! The book's haunting photography perfectly emulates the spirit of the material, from the shot of the author, with face downcast, descending steps in a cemetery on the cover - an image that hints at dark relations with a lover entombed below - to the black bird on the back cover, which reminds the reader of "The Raven" by Stevens' literary forebear, Poe.
When it's time to turn the last page and close the back cover, the reader will want to remain in the Shadows with Stevens - evermore."
--Andrew Valentine, author of Bitter Things
"I quickly became captured by the imagery and depth that is so beautifully revealed within this amazing collection of paranormal poems written by E.J. Stevens. This slim book is divided into four parts under the headings of Earth & Below; Air & Spirit; Fire & War and Water and Ice. The four headings acts as the structure within this book, around which 54 paranormal poems written by E.J. Stevens are presented. Each poem found within this book recounts a vivid story which at times can be dark, haunting, disturbing and yet beautiful in its own individual way. For lovers of paranormal writing and those who have not read anything from the paranormal genre before, this collection of poems is really worth obtaining and taking time to read."
-Calum, The Secret Writer
I have a deep appreciation for poetry. I'm constantly marvelling at how some poets are able to portay such such vivid imagery and evoke some strong emotions with a few well-written stanzas. E.J. Stevens shows us that she has such talent in Shadows of Myth and Legend. Shadows of Myth and Legend offers a wide variety of ghoulish and bittersweet tales of lost loves, lust, and revenge that are told in a smoothly dark and melodious manner. The collection of poems are split into four chapters and each one represents the elements of air, fire, earth and water. Within each chapter Stevens' poems flow gracefully and bring about that richness from old folk lore that tends to be forgotten in our modern times. The subjects from each of the poems range from the usually popular paranormal creatures (vampires, werewolves, faeries, etc.) to the lesser known like selkies, brownies, hippocamps and the extremely frightening Wendigo.
Stevens' poems alternately chilled me and piqued my curiosity because of the different mythological creatures and again, I have to mention how potent the imagery is in this work of hers; there is also the tone for each poem that occasionally switches from ominous and sorrowful to an almost humorous inflection--and the ease that Stevens shows in doing this is impressive.
Shadows of Myth and Legend is a lyrical and spooky collection that will appeal to anyone with a penchant for eerily beautiful things.
-Pirate Penguin, Pirate Penguin's Reads
"Shadows of Myth and Legend by E.J. Stevens is a book of poetry. E.J. Stevens is definitely a talented poet. I enjoyed reading her dark poems. The book is separated into four sections: Earth & Below, Air & Spirit, Fire & War, and Water & Ice. I do not usually read poetry, so I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked these poems. They have a dark and Gothic feel with creatures such as zombies, vampires, werewolves, unicorns, elves, fairies, and more. E.J. Stevens covers many myths and legends in this book. I think anyone who likes poetry will enjoy this short book. Those (like me) who do not read poetry that often, but like dark myths will also enjoy this."
-Elizabeth, Swords for Fighting
On March 3, 2011 Sacred Oaks Press will celebrate the one year anniversary publishing release of Shadows of Myth and Legend by E.J. Stevens. Sacred Oaks Press is planning a promotional tour with giveaways including ebooks, signed paperback copies, and a multitude of small prizes such as bookmarks and magnets. E.J. Stevens will be available for interviews and discussions. Shadows of Myth and Legend is available at Amazon.com, Barnes&Noble.com, BookDepository.com, and other fine retailers.
E.J. Stevens is the author of the haunting collection of dark poetry From the Shadows, the chilling collection of paranormal poetry Shadows of Myth and Legend, and the young adult paranormal Spirit Guide series, including She Smells the Dead, Spirit Storm, and Legend of Witchtrot Road. E.J. currently resides in a magical forest on the coast of Maine where she finds daily inspiration for her writing. To learn more about E.J. Stevens and her books visit her blog http://www.FromTheShadows.info, bibliography page http://ejstevensbooks.blogspot.com, official Spirit Guide series website http://spiritguideseries.blogspot.com, or follow her on Twitter http://twitter.com/EJStevensAuthor.
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