Author: M. Amanuensis Sharkchild Cover Designer and Illustrator: John F. StifterEndsheets: 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.
LIST OF STORIES
PRAISE FOR THE DARK VERSE, VOL. 1(MORE REVIEWS ON AMAZON)
"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." -Hellnotes.com
"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.
Narration of the first story, The Unlike Light, accompanied by soundscapes:
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