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The Dark Verse, Vol. 2: In the Blood of Death

(The Dark Verse #2)

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Twenty-six short stories of occult, metaphysical, and fantastical horror that will follow you to the visions of your sleep.

This is Sharkchild's second tome of terror. It is a complete experience on its own and does not need the first DARK VERSE volume to be enjoyed.
Hardcover, First Edition, 304 pages
Published January 2013 by Armored Books
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Michael Adams
Sharkchild's second collection of short fiction, assembled from his podcast stories. Once again, there is a tremendous amount of imagination on display here. Stories range from very modern, present-day, horror stories to weird, dream-space works, to dark, timeless, fantasy, bearing the apparent influences of writers like Lovecraft, Kafka, and Ligotti. In the Dark Verse, strange monsters step out from the interstices of reality, the realms of the afterlife, and the gloomy corners of people's ...more
Scott Laughlin
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Good fun. I took my time with this, never reading more than one story per day. Great imagery, definitely heavy Lovecraft inspiration. Looking forward to next volume.
Shannon Gambino
Jun 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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The Dark Verse, Vol 2: In the Blood of Death is a masterfully crafted and illustrated book of 26 short stories regarding the soul on the brink of death; each subject is harassed and manipulated by channeled energies of the universe. While the dark ethereal beings feed on the human vessels' spirits to sustain their existence, the humans find themselves teetering between life, death, or somewhere in-between.

Both volumes from The Dark Verse series are well-written, but volume 2 surpasses the bar
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Matthew Baker
Mar 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Before I get into the review of THE DARK VERSE, VOLUME 2: IN THE BLOOD OF DEATH, I need to state up front that I have not read Volume 1, however doing so is not necessary to enjoy Volumes 2 or 3 of this series. Now that my preface is done, I will simply state this about the book (Volume 2): do yourself a favor and buy this series at all costs.

I rarely rave about a book unless it is outstanding on every front. Books I rant about are written well, are thoroughly original, and are almost flawless
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Gaze Santos
Dec 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Another collection of florid proems and short stories. It's important to note that these were originally podcasts that were collected as a book. As such, I think the stories are meant to be read out loud. The stories themselves seem much of a similar quality as the previous collection, with more of an emphasis on the cosmic rather than dreams. The subjects of the stories are frequently nameless protagonist, and are told in first person. They often seem like the author himself. The ideas for the ...more
Floyd Liff
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book

In my opinion just as good as the first. The stories are great. Doesn't take long to read through the entire book
Shelly
Dec 29, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great atmosphere

Like most anthologies I enjoyed some stories better than others but I did find that overall this collection has a wonderfully creepy atmosphere. Some of the titles and illustrations were difficult to make out in the ereader version, which made it a bit harder to keep track of which stories I enjoyed.
Susan
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A great collection of short horror story twenty six story of pure terror loved reading all of them also loved the illustrations and the cover thanks to goodness first reads for the free book
Thomas Evans II
Jul 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent follow-up

This was another great read from the author Sharkchild. I was hooked since the first book and now I'm going to jump right into Volume 3.
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M. Amanuensis Sharkchild is the award-winning, Lovecraftian author of the growing series of horror fiction short stories The Dark Verse and of the dark fantasy novel The Spirit Collectors. His self-published books are praised for their illustrious hardcover binding and artwork and have won six awards. The Dark Verse is also a podcast through which Sharkchild releases new short stories on a regular ...more

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