The Dark Verse, Vol. 2: In the Blood of Death [Hardcover]

The Dark Verse, Vol. 2: In the Blood of Death [Hardcover]
  • The Dark Verse, Vol. 2: In the Blood of Death [Hardcover]
  • The Dark Verse, Vol. 2: In the Blood of Death [Hardcover]
  • The Dark Verse, Vol. 2: In the Blood of Death [Hardcover]
  • The Dark Verse, Vol. 2: In the Blood of Death [Hardcover]
  • The Dark Verse, Vol. 2: In the Blood of Death [Hardcover]
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Author: M. Amanuensis Sharkchild
Cover Designer and Illustrator: John F. Stifter
Release Date: March 12, 2013
Hardcover: Imitation Leather; 292 pages
Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.7 x 1.2 inches
Publisher: Armored Books; First Edition
Limited Edition: 1,000 printed
Special: Signed by Author

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 man whose written letters cast insidious spells, a witch that sends criminals to their deaths based on a game of chance, or a monster that seeks to destroy whoever speaks its name, there is no escape from the occult horrors that await you within the innumerable folios of The Dark Verse.

This is Sharkchild's second collection of grim and ethereal stories and can be enjoyed independently from the other Dark Verse volumes. 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 dusting. The artwork in its entirety, including a two-page illustration for each story, was created by John F. Stifter.

LIST OF STORIES

  1. The Clock’s Many Hands
  2. Playgrounds Never Wondered About
  3. The Fragmented
  4. The Changing Feyth (Part 3)
  5. Mantis, Malevolent
  6. Pathway for the Dead
  7. The Road Show
  8. The Song of Dusty Hearts
  9. A Megacosm’s Secret Initiation of Members
  10. Confronting the Formless
  11. The Deviations
  12. The Taking of Hallowed Creation
  13. Stumbling upon Preterition
  14. The Changing Feyth (Part 4)
  15. Symptoms of the Astral
  16. Thirteen Door Roulette
  17. The Hunt, The Chosen
  18. Names: Apherdane
  19. Names: Chillanthon
  20. The Ilks of Devotion
  21. Nigh Outlasting the Fear of Death
  22. Severing the Lost
  23. The Man of Letters
  24. The Concomitant
  25. No More Resistance
  26. When Eyes Have Seen Too Much

PRAISE FOR THE DARK VERSE, VOL. 2
(MORE REVIEWS ON AMAZON)

"I rarely rave about a book unless it is outstanding on every front. Books I rant about are written well, are thoroughly original, and are almost flawless in both content and entertainment. I can state, without a doubt, that IN THE BLOOD OF DEATH is one of these very tomes. If you are any kind of fan of horror fiction, this book (and its brothers) are must-haves." -Matthew Scott Baker

"More than once, someone had asked if I was feeling well because my breathing had become labored due to holding my breath for an outcome of one of the stories." -Dane Higbee

"Packed with bizarre and twisted stories that make your brain implode!" -Brenden

"'The Dark Verse, Vol 2: In the Blood of Death' is a masterfully crafted and illustrated book of 26 short stories. Each story flows seamlessly into the next, but all forms of death and destruction are independent of the others. The accompanying illustrations are fantastic and can only be fully appreciated in the beautifully bound hardback book." -HodgePodge Galore

Read the story, The Man of Letters:

The Man of Letters

Check out the Kickstarter project that made this book possible

Customer Reviews

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Great collection of stories

I love Sharkchild's work. It's ethereal and potent, leaving just enough to the imagination to really form a lasting impression. Since the first Dark Verse book, I've had several of the stores lingering in my mind, begging me to reread them. When I want a short story collection, this series is the first one I turn to.

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Great atmosphere

Like most anthologies I enjoyed some stories better than others but I did find that overall this collection has a wonderfully creepy atmosphere. Some of the titles and illustrations were difficult to make out in the ereader version, which made it a bit harder to keep track of which stories I enjoyed.

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M.L.
Great book

In my opinion just as good as the first. The stories are great. Doesn't take long to read through the entire book

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T.E.I.
An excellent follow-up

This was another great read from the author Sharkchild. I was hooked since the first book and now I'm going to jump right into Volume 3.

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M.S.B.
Beautiful book with excellent stories

*I received a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

Before I get into the review of THE DARK VERSE, VOLUME 2: IN THE BLOOD OF DEATH, I need to state up front that I have not read Volume 1, however doing so is not necessary to enjoy Volumes 2 or 3 of this series. Now that my preface is done, I will simply state this about the book (Volume 2): do yourself a favor and buy this series at all costs.

I rarely rave about a book unless it is outstanding on every front. Books I rant about are written well, are thoroughly original, and are almost flawless in both content and entertainment. I can state, without a doubt, that IN THE BLOOD OF DEATH is one of these very tomes. If you are any kind of fan of horror fiction, this book (and its brothers) are must-haves.

The covers of each book alone are enough to prompt their purchase. Each is beautiful to take in, vivid in detail and crafted brilliantly. I found myself enjoying their appearances just as much as I did their contents.

And enjoy them I didimmensely. Author Sharkchild does a superb job of reaching into the psyche of humanity and drawing out those things which scare us and haunt us the most. Every story is a carefully constructed tale that will resound in the subconscious long after it is over.

The characters in IN THE BLOOD OF DEATH are fleshed out well and fit perfectly within each tale. Interestingly, the stories are written in first-person, which deepens the level of immersion for each, and thus heightens the entertainment value as well. I found myself putting my own face on the characters and living then the nightmares as the tales played out.

I highly recommend IN THE BLOOD OF DEATH, and I suggest you pick up all three volumes as soon as possible. As I mentioned, youll get three beautiful books chocked full of hardcore horror and vivid terror. I can very easily see these becoming collectors items soon, so snatch yours up today.

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