The Crimson Tome

The Crimson Tome In this scintillating volume K A Opperman immediately places himself in the forefront of contemporary weird verse Deeply influenced by Clark Ashton Smith George Sterling and other masters of the fo

  • Title: The Crimson Tome
  • Author: K.A. Opperman
  • ISBN: 9781614981329
  • Page: 480
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this scintillating volume, K A Opperman immediately places himself in the forefront of contemporary weird verse Deeply influenced by Clark Ashton Smith, George Sterling, and other masters of the form, Opperman nonetheless reveals a vibrancy and originality of outlook that stamps his poetry as very much his own A master of several of the most rigorous forms of metricIn this scintillating volume, K A Opperman immediately places himself in the forefront of contemporary weird verse Deeply influenced by Clark Ashton Smith, George Sterling, and other masters of the form, Opperman nonetheless reveals a vibrancy and originality of outlook that stamps his poetry as very much his own A master of several of the most rigorous forms of metrical poetry the sonnet, the quatrain, the rhyming couplet Opperman s poetic brilliance conveys, seemingly without effort, images of terror, gruesomeness, and bleak melancholy The book concludes with tributes to Opperman by D L Myers and Ashley Dioses.

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    1. A perfect book for Halloween! An impressive debut collection from poet Kyle Opperman. These are potent works of the strange and the supernatural, the darkly erotic, and of the melancholy musings of the human heart, writ large upon a cosmic canvas. This collection contains poems of vampires, succubi, witches, and wizards, told in traditional rhyming, metered verse. These are fantasies, by turns ghastly, at others hauntingly romantic, but all constructed with a great care for language, and worked [...]

    2. If you like poetry, especially cast in the classic form, then you should have this volume of dark verse. Mr Opperman has channeled his occult interests into lines of vermilion brilliance, of carmine, of scarlet, as he opens the very veins of his heart and spills therefrom onto the pages of this darkling publication.Best read in a tomb by the light of the full moon, The Crimson Tome is also suitable for long walks on the beach while your vampire counts the grains of sand and indeed for all semifo [...]

    3. "Hark midnight 's chime - go - close my chamber door,For open lies a blank leaf in this crimson tome."The Crimson Tome offers up the myth of its creation in the opening sequence of sonnets, "The Land of Darkest Dreams". Here, Opperman invites us to join his own quest for the fabled book of secrets, and it is a memorable journey. Ranging audaciously from such exquisite visions as "Zeriatis" and "The Mascaron" to the Grand Guignol of "The Corpse of Beauty" and "Decapitated Kiss", he detours throug [...]

    4. I remember when I first fell in love with “weird” fiction two decades ago. I read everything I could find by Lovecraft, Howard, Smith, and the writers that influenced them. However, I had a hard time finding fiction between now and then that elicited the same emotions, the same awe-inspiring landscapes that shaped my imagination, and made me the writer I am today. I can safely say that the search is now over. Enter K. A. Opperman.Crimson Tome carries on the admirable tradition of the aforeme [...]

    5. K.A. Opperman's one of the hardest-working weird poets in the business. He lives for his art and it shows in his work. I don't know if THE CRIMSON TOME collects every weird poem he's written or had published up to this book's publication date but the discerning eye can easily see his growth and development as manifested here in this impressive collection. I won't describe and dissect all my favorites here, I consider that presuming and unduly ponderous since the focus here ought to be on Mr. Opp [...]

    6. My long-dormant interest in poetry is beginning to revivify, thanks to talents like Opperman, Ashley Dioses, Wade German and Adam Bolivar. The Crimson Tome is an exquisite collection of dark, decadent poetry in the tradition of Clark Ashton Smith. Opperman has a seemingly effortless way of weaving words together in structured, metered forms which perfectly compliment the content of the poems. It's like falling into a pleasant nightmare and then being deposited safely back in the waking world.

    7. I receive a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.The Crimson Tome by K. A. Opperman is an attempt to write Weird Poetry, with clear gothic overtones. While the poems in this volume vary in their success, most of them are weakened due to basic craft issues—overuse of adjectives, clichéd language and ideas, linguistic sacrifices made for the sake of form, etc. Furthermore, the sheer length of the volume leads to a repetitious and monotonous read for the reader. Overall, this is a [...]

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