Ashley Dioses

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Ashley began writing at the age of 12. Upon discovering the macabre work of Edgar Allan Poe, she took a borderline obsessive interest in writing horror and dark fantasy poetry and even a few fantasy novels. Her favorite authors of horror and fantasy at that time were Stephen King, Dean Koontz, J.R.R. Tolkien, Piers Anthony, and Brian Jacques who also influenced her work.

She wrote up until her senior year of high school and then took a break before starting up again after college in 2011. With a nudge from a new friend, she discovered a new kind of horror, dark fantasy, and weird work from authors such as Clark Ashton Smith, H.P. Lovecraft, George Sterling, Donald Sidney-Fryer, and David Park Barnitz.

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Ashley Dioses Coming from a movie viewpoint, I'd be cliche and say Morticia and Gomez Adams. They're dark, accepting of out of the norm appearances and personalitie…moreComing from a movie viewpoint, I'd be cliche and say Morticia and Gomez Adams. They're dark, accepting of out of the norm appearances and personalities, still passionately in love, romantic, outgoing, loyal, adventurous, and make a great team. Each of them are strong when the other is not and neither are afraid to fight for the other no matter what peril they are in. I absolutely love them. (less)
Ashley Dioses Great question! I never actually called my poetry Weird first. I was told that my poetry was Weird and so I just went with it. I am still immersing my…moreGreat question! I never actually called my poetry Weird first. I was told that my poetry was Weird and so I just went with it. I am still immersing myself with Weird literature and I would say that Weird, to me, has a lot to do with atmosphere and the unexplained. Rich language, vivid imagery, and tension with always a supernatural element. My poetry is rich with imagery and language, which I think is also important when writing Gothic poetry, so I think my poetry straddles the lines between the two. (less)
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Forthcoming Autumn 2020: The Withering

"...poetry from a night-blooming blossom... throbbing with incantatory power..."

--John Shirley, author of Cellars, Wetbones and A Song Called Youth

Last year held a major disappointment for me when Septemeber came and went without The Withering being released when it was scheduled to.  Now, a year later, I am excited to announce that my second poetry collection, The Withering, has found a new home

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