The Dark Verse, Vol. 1: From the Passages of Revenants [Hardcover]

The Dark Verse, Vol. 1: From the Passages of Revenants [Hardcover]
  • The Dark Verse, Vol. 1: From the Passages of Revenants [Hardcover]
  • The Dark Verse, Vol. 1: From the Passages of Revenants [Hardcover]
  • The Dark Verse, Vol. 1: From the Passages of Revenants [Hardcover]
  • The Dark Verse, Vol. 1: From the Passages of Revenants [Hardcover]
  • The Dark Verse, Vol. 1: From the Passages of Revenants [Hardcover]
  • The Dark Verse, Vol. 1: From the Passages of Revenants [Hardcover]
  • The Dark Verse, Vol. 1: From the Passages of Revenants [Hardcover]
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Author: M. Amanuensis Sharkchild
Cover Designer and Illustrator: John F. Stifter
Endsheets: Stephen Oakley
Release Date: July 22, 2016
Hardcover: Imitation Leather; 222 pages
Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.6 x 1 inches
Publisher: Armored Books; Second Edition
Limited Edition: 1,000 printed
Special: Signed by Author


2010 Independent Publisher Book Awards Silver Medal Winner in the Category of Horror


Twenty-six short stories of occult, metaphysical, and fantastical horror that will follow you to the visions of your sleep.

The Dark Verse is a multiverse of Lovecraftian terror, spanning different realms and times that touches upon evils that transcend the knowable. Whether a galactic entity that casts flesh off the wicked, a scientist harnessing the power of metamorphosis, or a diabolical overlord that torments souls in a dimension of unrelenting pain, there is no escape from the occult horrors that await you within the innumerable folios of The Dark Verse.

This is Sharkchild's first collection of grim and ethereal tales in a better-than-ever second edition printing. The cover of the book is imitation leather with foil stamping on the front, back, and spine; there is no dust cover. All three sides of the pages have black gilding. The cover artwork and an illustration on the title page of each story was created by John F. Stifter. The endsheet artwork was created by Stephen Oakley.


  1. The Unlike Light
  2. Becoming the Sky
  3. What the Flesh Cannot Keep
  4. Gift of the Crossroads
  5. The Changing Feyth (Part 1)
  6. The Bearer of All That Can Be Felt
  7. Between the Corridors
  8. The Phoenix Imago
  9. The Chambers of Nature's Machines
  10. The Changing of Feyth (Part 2)
  11. Sounds of the Deliverer
  12. Dealer of Fate
  13. The Missing Come Home
  14. The Captive Inside
  15. Bringing Back the Unordinary
  16. Time into Death
  17. The Science of Faith
  18. Normal Faces
  19. Names: Unsonselvitzsol
  20. Names: Tillalel
  21. Names: Feltfoldhart
  22. Finding the Host That Sustains
  23. The Skulker
  24. The Coming of the Unexpected
  25. Character Feast
  26. The Something Beyond Silence



"Whoever Mr. Sharkchild may actually be, he knows how to have a beautiful house constructed to hold his stories. In regards to the content, this aims for Lovecraft Territory."

"Overall, The Dark Verse, Vol. 1 is a pre-eminent compilation of short stories, or maybe even bedtime stories, to add to any collection." -Gothic Beauty Magazine

"I will say this outright: if you cannot appreciate the histrionic outbursts of Poe or the verbosity of Lovecraft, Sharkchild's work is not for you. But, for those of you who can appreciate Machen, Lovecraft, Dunsany, Le Fanu, the foundations of dark fantasy as we know it, this book is a real winner, the sort of fiction most writers cannot pull off." -Garrett Cook

"This took me to all the greatest places my imagination had to offer." -The Crimson King

"Darker even than Lovecraft; a journey into the pit of chaos." -Lee Hargrave

"This collection is well written, and an excellent read. It has the sort of street level charm that I look for in creepy pasta, but has the finesse of an actual writer behind it. It is one of the most interesting looking books on my shelves and is usually one of the first things visitors pull to examine." -Amanda W.


Here is a narration of the first story, The Unlike Light, accompanied by soundscapes:


Check out the Kickstarter project that made this book possible

Customer Reviews

Based on 34 reviews
She likes it

The book that is

This is an excellent book!

I love the stories contained within this tome! The book itself is well made and looks stunning! Definitely a must buy for any fan of the macabre!

Liked the style of writing

I enjoyed these dark stories, appreciated the unique writing style. Each chapter was engrossing because it wasn't anything like the others. Very entertaining and great for "break" reading at different times.

What can I say, but

This is an interesting collection of short stories that were originally told through a podcast by the author. They are weird, blizzard, mind provoking and just plain interesting. But they can be confusing and some feel incomplete. Still, a decent collection of stories that will have you thinking. None are scary to me, but that is to be expected as I have never been scared by reading a book.

Encounters with Incomprehensible Entities

An impressive debut collection from author and podcaster M. Amanuensis Sharkchild. These are tales of twisted logic, ventures into strange realms, and encounters with incomprehensible entities. There is an impressive range of ideas and some genuine imagination on display here. The prose varies a little in quality, but colorful vocabulary and evocative imagery make up for some of the instances of odd phrasing. I would definitely recommend this book to readers of dark fantasy, horror, and weird fiction.

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