SIN & ashes (2010)

SaA - cover [front] 2012.10.05

Hippocampus Press (paperback)

 

“Some writers one admires and others make one want to do as they do, or try. For me, Joe Pulver is of the latter type. His imagination is so vile so much of the time that it makes me giggle with amazement. And the prose so deadly visionary. I’m grateful that the pieces in this collection are those of a fellow horror writer who has raised the ante on what it means to be such a creature.” — Thomas Ligotti on _Blood Will Have Its Season_ by Joseph S. Pulver, Sr. The world of Joe Pulver’s dreams and nightmares is a world of grim violence and death but also of strange beauty and wonder. In stories that read like poems and poems that read like incantations, Pulver weaves a sorcerer’s spell of language-tough, gritty, cheerless, but always evocative, hypnotizing, intoxicating-that lays bare the fragility of human beings on the edge of the abyss, looking down at the depths and looking up at the boundless cosmos. H. P. Lovecraft, Robert W. Chambers, and other writers of terror and the supernatural are Pulver’s touchstones, but his riffs on their tales are the work of a master craftsman who recognizes the emotive value of every sentence, phrase, and word. A poet in every sense of the word, Pulver sees the world and the cosmos as a cauldron of death and carnage but also a platform for triumph and redemption. In these stories, sketches, prose-poems, and vignettes, Pulver evokes the wild beauty of terror in a manner that few can match. Joseph S. Pulver, Sr. is the acclaimed author of the Lovecraftian novel _Nightmare’s Disciple_, and he has written many short stories that have appeared in magazines and anthologies. His first short story collection, _Blood Will Have Its Season_ (2009), was published to wide acclaim.

ND art - Marsh's Symbol

 

Table of Contents:

Love Her Madly
She’s Waiting …
First There Is A Mountain . . . Then
In This Desert Even The Air Burns
Even Night
CROW IN TRICK TOWN
When The Deal Goes Down
Devil’s Got the Walkin’ Blues
Dead ‘Round Here Tonight
The Delirium of a Worm-Wizard
As The Sun Still Burns Away
Caligari, again
LONG-STEMMED GHOST WORDS
When The Moon Comes To Call
After Reading Michaux’s “In the Land of Magic”
The Walking Man Walks
SILENT NO LONGER
The Maiden of the Pines
Last Year In Carcosa
BANG BANG
Scarlet Obeisance
Rendezvous Under Shadow Bridge
in front of an empty house in dead city
AIN’T NO LOVE ON THE STREET
Perfect Grace
Kynothrabian Dirge
The Exorcism of Iagsat
Lonesome Separate Ways
Just Another Desert Night With Blood
After Death
I Often Dream Of Words
Forever Changes
IN THE WHITE WALLS OF SILENCE
Zarnak’s Guest
Mother Stands For Comfort
Blow Wind Blow
8’s & Aces
A One Way Fare
Don’t Look Back
Long is the way and hard . . .
A Night of Moon & Blood, Then Holstenwall
huddled in rags in a Kingsport alley . . .
Dead Ends And Empties
Sharp Fangs + Blood = Murder
Saint Nicholas Hall
Funeral In A Hate Field
An Orange Tick-Tick-Tick-Tick-Tick
Engravings
The Last Few Nights In A Life Of Frost
EPILOGUE FOR TWO VOICES
To Live And Die In Arkham
The Last Twenty Miles of Wandering Again

ND art - Marsh's Symbol

 

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