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Age Range:  12 and up

Formats:  E-Book

Approx. Length:  111,309 Words

Volume 1 of the Darkverse series.

A rich gathering of poetry with a dismal twilight atmosphere, a brooding nature, an eerie tone . . . Darkverse:  The Shadow Hours encompasses such pieces written by Lori R. Lopez between 2009 and 2017, collected in three of her Poetic Reflections volumes along with humorous and serious verse.  This ample compendium allows a more focused reading experience and mood — presenting poems that share speculative themes, flashes of horror, glimpses of madness.

Lori is the author of The Dark Mister Snark, Leery Lane, Monstrosities, An Ill Wind Blows, The Fairy Fly, Chocolate-Covered Eyes, Jar Baby, Samhain, 3-Z, and Spider Soup, among other tales.  She has been called a storyteller, whether composing verse or prose.

The aim of her Darkverse series is to offer a chilling trek through unlit stretches where all manner of creeps and kooks may lurk; where graveyards and bogs and full-moons abound.  The pages of The Shadow Hours illuminate those morbid uncanny perils and dreads that inhabit drab corners, the known and unknown terrors of the night.  Vivid and distinct, her voice echoes our worst fears then delves beyond, exposing hitherto unimaginable frights.

Prepare to confront a motley array of ghouls and menaces that might just move under your bed.

Darkverse:  The Shadow Hours was nominated for a 2018 Elgin Award in Full-Length Books.  Look for an Illustrated Print Edition with quirky art by the author.

Sample

Excerpt

Tonight they slither forth and slink, or stomp and growl

And prowl the mead, the woods, the vales and coves . . .

~ from Once Upon A Monster Moon

But during

The New Moon’s dearth of light, on the eventide

Of a Solar Eclipse, these bottomdwellers shall awake

And parade with roars or sobs until the morning when

All accursed must retreat to their den of dismissal.

~ from Once Upon A Monster Moon

Deep in a vale where the Moon never shined

Lived a scurrilous sort whose stone heart was unkind

For he kept in his dungeon all manner of birds

In a darkness so dreary, there are no better words

~ from The Silence Of The Birds

Darkverse

 

Snug within my sanctuaries, my havens of light,

the retreats where I feel most sheltered . . .  Safe

inside a fortress of invisible armor and courage,

I vainly endeavor to outwait the storms of the dark.

 

There is no vanquishing its deep desolate expanse,

which spreads in waves across the wilderness of

Cosmic Space.  We may burn a candle, a torch

to hold it at bay — keep its borders at a distance.

 

Yet that is merely a temporary fix, for we know

it does not depart.  Ever around us, never

diminished.  Only light can provide the illusion

of security amidst the eternity that engulfs us.

 

A Darkverse lies behind each glim, present in

every hour, no matter what time the clock tolls,

what numerals it directs our eyes to believe, like

the nimble hands of a magician fabricating myths.

 

We accept the fable of day, of sun and warmth,

when the brightness is but starlight and we exist

in a perennial veil of cold stark night.  We are

fools to think otherwise.  Fools who dream.

 

Whether asleep or awake, our condition is a state

of perpetual fantasy, reverie, misapprehension.

A mirage; a figment of the realm that surrounds us

each moment of life or death like burial, a shroud.

Darkverse

Shadow Hours

grimmest

Midnight Assassins

Nocturnity

Lorna Moon

Haunted House

shadows

The Darkest Hours

Sundown’s Curse

Nobody There

That Step

The Human Beast

a reckoning

A Lost Cause

Memory Lane

Old Moments

Insight

Moon Song

The Experiment

Shiftings

Dark

Sounds

safe

the calm after the storm

Reverie

once upon a monster moon

one step too far

burying the hatchet

Torchlight

Mirror Image

The Glass Looking Back

The Beholder

Hell’s Corner

Chocolate-Covered Eyes

Eyeteeth

the cellar

tumult

That Which Scares Us

The Midnight Chorus

Frightfest

the writer’s demise

phantastic

digging up my beloved

Wraith

Leery Lane

Forty-Nine

Sarcophagus

Unscheduled Stops, Part I

Unscheduled Stops, Part II

faces on a train

The Taking

The Undertaking

Origami Snails

night howls

Keeping It Inside

a random thought

Headslugs

Brain Boil

inconceivable

The Devil Calls

they stalk the night

horror she wrote

A Clown Lament

Revive Me

The Monstrel

The Red Bus

Terror’s Hew

Gallery

Chrysalis

Black Widow

The Black Widow’s Lullabye

Spider’s Mother’s Song

The Grim Nursery Rhyme

Night Terrors

the silence of the birds

The Gracken

Grotesque

the wackadoo

the craze

Unhand Me!

The Grimalkin

druid

Remnant

A Hard Rain

Deadman Tales

graveyard of ghouls

day of the dead

The Box Of Chocolates

belated valentine

Immortal Kiss

a twisted fate

Amaranth

The Woman In The Moon

fog

Dreamcatcher

The Dark

Nightbeast

With The Moon’s Embrace

Through The Woods

tree verse

peace and quiet

Knowing Stares

Lost

Dead and unburied

Drab Specter

Unnamed

Occupant

Occupant Part Two

Halloween Haiku

Apogee

Unhealed Wounds

broken dolls

Troll Doll

carousel

Nightlife

The Gubbagule

a zombie in the closet

Unburying The Dead

A Monstrous Situation

the green-eyed monster

Eulogy

Callous Alice

Black Cat

trickle

The Bed Bugs

Who’s Afraid Of The Big, The Bad?

More Trick Than Treat

House Of Chocolate

The Queen Of Hats

Death’s Cream

The Problem

The Glowers

the root of all fear

The Agony, The Anguish

Warnings

A Sympathy Note

Coastal

California Dreams

The Mud Slid

Someone

Clan Destiny

out of sorts

envious

Cross-Stitches

Squishy Parts

a ruined heart

demons

quantum

the voice

gothic

the artist

american gothic

disturbed

Route Thirteen

D-Day

Comatose Joe

Horror Haiku

dubious certainties

the bleeding heart

the massacre

The Boggart

The Wretch

Choosing Sides

Horror Haiku Too

Headless

The Late Tour

The Gondolier

The Shudders

More Horror Haiku

The Horror

Morbidus

Banshee

This Thing I Fear

More Horror Haiku Too

stone cold

Persons Unknown

Offen Times

Bag Of Meat

Drive-Thru

Down A Dark Road To Death

backseat driver

madmen and monsters

Fear Itself

The Ancient Mariner’s Ballad

Coast Of Gold

blood on the moon

A Good Thing

blue moon

in the midst of moss

undead

Meeting A Horror Author

the brightness of dull

horror story

happy endings

No Fairytale Ending

the deep dark woods

urban gothic

ghost toast

Crime Scene Footage

Bio-Hazard

The Sadness

The Bookworm’s Unliteral Literary Sonnet

to dream of nothing

dreamtides

valentine

The Hopeless Romantic

The Ballad Of Grim Garrett

Clubfoot

The Macabre

birds of night

ravens and crows

The Corn God

Bonefield

old ghost

apocalypse

one day it rained

drops

Such Things Befall

Cryptozoan

ode to monsters

Shrunken Heads

screaming pumpkins

The Negative Side

Dark Christmas

Good Will

America-Dot-Com

Breakfast

circus spirit

The Flea Circus

Humbugs

insidiousness

HATE

Past Due

homicidal

urban sprawl

Death’s Viper

Chocolate

something in the light

Rapt Appraisal

Monster Cafe

Retirement

The Bizarrity

The Runover

fearing the worst

Cold Feet

Possible Dust Clouds

harpies and shrews

The Last Nerve

UNHALLOWED

Split Seconds

Artwork

(From the Illustrated Print Edition.)

Honors & Praise

Nominated for an Elgin Award in Full-Length Books 2018

Finalist for Poetry in the 2018 Kindle Book Awards

“A dash of irony, a heaping cup of wit and a pinch of glee are in the mix of Lopez’ diverse recipes for verses, combined with delightful titles such as “Leery Lane”, “Head Slugs”, “Bed Bugs”, “Hell’s Corner” and “Callous Alice”. Dare you taste this collection, you’ll come back for more. Buy it and keep it handy.

“Out of the deepest sleep arisen/crawling from earthen tomb/the corpse in his Sunday Suit/had trekked through a mistful gloom.” — from “The Box of Chocolates””

Marge Simon, Stoker Award winner, Grand Master Poet of the SFPA

“Darkverse is a collection of beautifully lyrical and narrative poems reminiscent of songs written in longhand, sung in soft whispers, in gentle tongues. I have a great fondness for “DarkVerse”, “Shadow Hours”, “grimmest”, “the calm after the storm”, and “one step too far”. A joyful, wonderful read!”

Christina Sng, Stoker Award & Elgin Award winner

“The Shadow Hours is the kind of collection that makes readers pause – look up – think – smile – feel – before going in for another. That’s awesomeness!

Since its title is Darkverse, #1, there is the hope of more to come. To that, I am looking forward.

I continue to be a fan of Lori R. Lopez. I’ve not read anything by her I did not enjoy. To call her a poet is insufficient. An artist of great talents … that gets much closer.”

Tamara Fey Turner
Goodreads Review

“I am a member of the HWA and [I] was sent this to read and review for the new awards. I read it. And recommend it. Why? Cause I enjoyed it. Great work. You have to give credit to artists in their genres.”

Kevin Breaux
Goodreads Review

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