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Creep To Death

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Creep To Death assembles over eighty of the author's more recent poems, primarily in the horror-fantasy genre. It is his seventh book of poems.

Years ago, August Derleth stated: "Brennan is not adequately appreciated as a poet in America." The Capitol Times of Madison, Wisconsin perhaps summarized it best: "Joseph Payne Brennan is that
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Aug 07, 2011 Marvin rated it really liked it
Shelves: autographed, horror

My stubborn adolescent dreams
got incinerated
in the city dump.

Time's old battered truck
carted them away
one rainy summer's day

I trailed down littered gullies
looking for them,
probing in trash piles

All I ever found
was a flea-covered rat
curled up in a mildewed hat.

Creep To Death is a collection of dark poems by Joseph Payne Brennan. If you have heard of him, it is because of his excellent southern rural horror tales, the best known being "Hannigan's Back Yard". Yet on the whole,
Oct 29, 2015 J.D.G. rated it liked it
Compared to Sixty Selected Poems, I'd say this is an inferior collection. Although a few pieces in here come close to the sublimely cosmic pessimism of Brennan's excellent "Substance," they are mostly lesser manifestations of his thoroughly bleak perspective.

"I Envy the Deer" nicely contrasts the pretentious solemnity of funerals with the unceremonious decay of a wild animal's carcass in the woods.

"At the Cemetery Gates" offers a pleasantly chilling take on the question of former lives.

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Joseph Payne Brennan was an American writer of fantasy and horror fiction, and also a poet. Brennan's first professional sale came in December 1940 with the publication of the poem, "When Snow Is Hung", which appeared in the Christian Science Monitor Home Forum, and he continued writing poetry up until the time of his death.

He is the father of Noel-Anne Brennan. Noel-Anne Brennan has published sev
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