Sunday, January 8, 2017


My book review for Eden Underground: Poetry Of Darkness is below. This great tome was the Bram Stoker Awards® winning dark poetry collection for 2015. My review was published before Alessandro won the award, so you know I'm not merely jumping on the band-wagon with my praise. This is a great collection by a fantastic poet.

Blaze McRob

Book description:

Another snake, another tree, another Eve.

A Bram Stoker Awards® winning dark poetry collection from Alessandro Manzetti.

Eden Underground is a surreal journey into obsessions and aberrations of the modern world and its darker side, which often takes control of the situation. Madness, violence, aberrant sex, war, hallucinations, sadism, disturbing archetypes: these are the black fruits of human loneliness, these are the bloody roots of Eden Underground.

In this untold world, men and women build their deformed, artificial underground Eden, where they can unleash their dark side.

Death is the hidden queen of these strange places designed by human alienation: harem of silicone dolls who come to life, abandoned warehouses with copper tubs full of broken pieces of Eve, a bloody collection of copies of the first primordial woman, imaginary worlds inspired by the ghosts of the drug, small Eden dug into the bowels of the sand of war, trenches for refuge from too much horror, the religious fanaticisms and their heretics and violent Eden stained with blood, open air glittering brothels turned into landfills of souls and lost loves.

Haven't you ever heard the loneliness knocking at your door? Or the steps of our dark side, freed from the body and the cage of our conscience, that is coming to take us with a shimmering cleaver in its hand? In Eden Underground you can hear all these ghostly noises, too real, too close.

The Last Prey
The Monkey with the Big Head
Pieces of Eden
Dead Circus
Green Apples
Interiora II
Eastern Heaven
Red Monsoon
A Modern Berserker
The Half Bride
Eden Underground
Carlos, Diego, Vamos!
The Wrath Sings, Goddess
The Rime of the Mad Mariner
The Pawn Shop
The Cockroach King
The Garden
Dames de Voyage
Electric Monkeys
The Tenth Circle
Almost to the End

Book Cover by Vincent Chong, back cover by Ben Baldwin, illustrations by Paolo Di Orazio.

Proudly brought to you by Crystal Lake Publishing.

5.0 out of 5 stars A Horrific Eden Of Dark Verse!, July 10, 2015
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This review is from: Eden Underground: Poetry of Darkness (Kindle Edition)
This is horror poetry at its best! Nothing in Eden Underground: Poetry of Darkness is made to look like there might be a good side to it. Alessandro Manzetti shows the depravity of the human condition, and displays it with total honesty. When Alessandro tells of prostitution, death, and depravity, he shoots from the hip and his aim is true. Dark, intense, and disgusting jump out at you from the pages, the revolting truth surrounding you, pulling you in even though you wish to escape. But there is no escape, not even when you have finished this outstanding collection, for your mind cannot expel what has been absorbed. Sleepless nights? Yes, you will have many. But that is why you read horror, is it not?

Alessandro has done his job exquisitely. Horror poetry is alive and well.

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