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The Macabre Masterpiece: Poems of Horror and Gore

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Have you ever wanted a tour of the infamous underground we know as hell? To experience different levels of blood? To meet some of horrors most morbid and fearsome creatures? Or maybe you wish to get totally creeped out and be left in utter shock and suspense to the point where your heart is beating so fast that you can't get enough? If you answered yes to any of these and ...more
Paperback, 63 pages
Published January 9th 2013 by Justin Bienvenue (first published November 9th 2009)
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Dracula by Bram StokerThe Graveyard Book by Neil GaimanFrankenstein by Mary ShelleyThe Shining by Stephen KingThe Complete Stories and Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
Best Books to Read for Halloween!
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Best Horror Poetry (2011)
1st out of 6 books — 6 voters

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Lily Author
Nov 27, 2014 Lily Author rated it really liked it
Before I reveal my review, I'll first state that A) I'm a huge fan of Edgar Allan Poe and B) I took a university course in contemporary poetry. So, these are major influences for me.

Imagine my pleasant surprise when I see the book opens with a quote from Edgar Allen Poe. Score one! Then I start reading the poems. I enjoyed them. This book of poetry is small, fun, and a fast read. Themes involve a tour of hell, death, graves, cautionary tales, and all the fun things horror fans love about gore an
Quentin Wallace
Apr 19, 2015 Quentin Wallace rated it it was amazing
I don't normally read poetry, but I did read another of Justin's books which contained poems on various subjects. My favorite poems in that book were the horror poems, so when I saw he had an entire book of horror poems I had to check it out. And I was glad I did.

The book is divided into different sections to indicate the type of poems, such as CREATURES, BLOOD, etc. Really good poems in my opinion. I think I liked the Creatures section best, but really it was all entertaining. Sometimes the rhy
Tricia Kristufek
Jul 12, 2012 Tricia Kristufek rated it did not like it
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Let the red run slowly into the stream
In this river your hands will not be washed clean
Guilt will arise and your skin will stain
Plain and drained to the vein from those you've slain

The Macabre Masterpiece is a collection of short poems with a Gothic feel to them, mainly due to the subject matter - blood, vampires, and the like. It attempted to shed new light on this subject matter, using poetry as the medium.

There were various rhyming patterns utilized, and many of the rhymes sounded forced, as
Vincent Hobbes
Mar 13, 2012 Vincent Hobbes rated it it was amazing
I'll admit, I'm not a huge fan of poetry,but it seemed interesting and I wanted to broaden my horizons. I love horror, so I gave this book a chance.

I felt the author, Justin Bienvenue, did an excellent job in presenting his work. This book is filled with poems of horror, and I quite enjoyed them. They were quick to read, quite vivid, and the author captured me with his work. I'm now interested in reading more poetry, and of course more work from this author. Five stars!!!

Flora Smith
Jan 17, 2012 Flora Smith rated it really liked it
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I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

I'm not usually a big reader of poetry, but the concept of horror poetry intrigued me. This is a book of poems that ranged from dark and gruesome to evil and creepy with the occasional bit of humor thrown in. The very first poem "Buried Alive" and "Zombies" in chapt 3 were my favorite two poems but I enjoyed nearly all of them in the collection. These are definitely unique and not for the feint of heart as some are a bit gorey.
Donald Armfield
Nov 03, 2014 Donald Armfield rated it it was amazing
To hear that a family member has published a book, puts a smile on your face... Indeed it did My cousin wrote this book...

Chapter 5 Suspence overall is my favorite well written poems really gave the feel of things.

The Grim Reaper is great!

Rage of Hades awesome "Why kill two birds with one stone, i go for the whole nest."

And thats what the author did, altho im not a huge poem reader i enjoyed all the poems. A MUST READ!
Nora aka Diva
Mar 12, 2012 Nora aka Diva rated it liked it
I should start by saying that poetry is not typically my thing, flowery sentiment, heartfelt bullshit that makes me want to vomit into my own hands. This is not that kind of poetry. A fun read, I actually giggled in several places. I liked it surprisingly enough.
Although I did spot several spelling errors and one misused homophone these poems are worth reading.
Michelle Perry
Oct 31, 2015 Michelle Perry rated it really liked it
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Overall I would have to say that I found the anthology to be entertaining, in a spooky ghost stories around the campfire kind of way. Many of the poems offer vivid details making the scenes easy to envision. Each chapter offers up several poems that cover a single topic. All are a bit creepy, some venture into the disturbed or even grotesque ranges. Surprisingly, given my seeming aversion to the subject, I felt most of the poems were simply not long enough. They all had a mesmorizing simple rhyt ...more
Emma Paul
Oct 29, 2013 Emma Paul rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book. It's not very long, however I did find the poems both likable-ly disturbing and definitely entertaining. Rarely do I write reviews on other author's works, however I believe this one deserves a mention since it has peaked my interest in the horror genre.
Suzanne Rooyen
Jul 21, 2012 Suzanne Rooyen rated it liked it
I love poetry, the darker the better. Two of my all time favourite writers are phenomenal poets: Edgar Allan Poe and Charles Baudelaire. So it was with certain expectations that I began reading this anthology.

What I Liked: The structure and divisions. The chapter breaks work well to group the ideas within the poems and also afford the reader a sometimes much needed break between all the gruesomeness. The poems certainly are quite brutal, telling individual tales while contributing to the recurre
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After much deliberation and debate, I've decided to put this review back up and WILL NOT be removing it again.

Title: The Macabre Masterpiece: Poems of Horror and Gore
Author: Justin Bienvenue
Rating: 2/5

Summary: Have you ever wanted a tour of the infamous underground we know as Hell? To experience different angles of blood? To meet some of horrors most morbid and fearsome creatures? Or maybe you wish to get totally creeped out and be left in utter shock and suspense to the point where your heart i
Louise Lake
Sep 07, 2014 Louise Lake rated it it was amazing
I bought this book with the intention to read something unique and hoping to be left amazed and I was certainly not disappointed. I loved every poem especially zombies which was my favorite. Excellent read and the author has an awesome imagination. I highly recommend.
David Haynes
Nov 02, 2014 David Haynes rated it really liked it
I read this is stages over the Halloween weekend as I didnt have time to read a whole novel. thought there were some entertaining and atmospheric verses in the book. The subject matter, taken as a whole, is macabre but I liked the way the poems were grouped into various sections.
All in all an enjoyable and entertaining read.
Nov 12, 2012 Micheleann rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed all the poems.but I have this to say I do have a favorite poem and I do have a favorite section of poems I loved the creatures and the Dorian grey poem are the ones that spoke to me very loudly very good job on poems wish you much success and a book I would recommend to others
Jul 14, 2012 Rachael rated it really liked it
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As I said before, The Macabre Masterpiece isn't the usual type of book I would read. The only other verse books I've read are works of Ellen Hopkins and Samantha Schutz, which were completely different compared to Justin's works. Completely.

Just like the title says, this poetry is preeetty gory. When you open the book, the first chapter is entitled "Hell" - definitely not a happy place. The second is "Blood", so obviously the whole chapter is
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Writer, Poet and Author by day and night. I have always been told I have a way with words and very vivid imagination. A teacher once told my mom, “If only he could write down on paper what creates within his mind. He can tell quite the story”. It wasn’t until after I took a liking to poetry that I thought I could take my creativity and combine it with my new love and appreciation for the style of ...more
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