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The young poet Ashley Dioses has already established herself as a leading voice in contemporary weird poetry. Known for her meticulous use of rhyme and meter, her deft melding of the strange and the erotic, and her novel treatments of such age-old themes as the vampire, the witch, and the ghoul, Dioses now gathers the best of her recent poetry into her first collection—a s ...more
Paperback, Ist , 158 pages
Published October 6th 2017 by Hipocampus Press (first published October 1st 2017)
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Sam Edwards
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
With dedications throughout this volume to Clark Ashton Smith, Edgar Allan Poe, K.A. Opperman and others others, the temptation to assess Dioses in regards to these figures is considerable. Indeed, the back cover does as much.However, while it may appropriate to do so (certainly the poetry in these pages stands out with the finest in the Horror and Dark Fantasy field, living and dead), it is also imperative to evaluate what it is that Dioses does differently. What she does better.

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Adam
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Eschewed for free verse at the beginning of the 20th century, formal poetry has become a lost art, with few skilled practitioners in the present day. And as the dabbler soon discovers, rhyme and syllable counts only make up part of the recipe. The soul of formal poetry is meter: the heartbeat of the iamb, the three-step of the anapest, the trochees of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven,” which make it such a delight to read aloud. Ashley Dioses not only understands these forms, but employs them with t ...more
Kyla Ward
With incantations both delicate and potent, Dioses' Sorceress teases secrets from the moon and the stars, the nightshade and the lilly, the creatures of myth and the gilded rogues gallery headed by Lady Bathory. In this exquisite debut, the object of love may be elusive but the passion it inspires is eternal.

In George Sterling's “A Wine of Wizardry”, mention is made of “a sick sorceress” reading omens that may foretell her death. This collection reads like an expansion of that vignette, as the l
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Dan Sauer
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The young poet Ashley Dioses is rightly recognized for her mastery of formal rhyme and meter. But the meticulous form of her work is only the scaffolding--or skeleton--upon which she layers her imagery--and what imagery it is! Reading DIARY OF A SORCERESS, I was struck with the richness of the language, imagery and imagination shown. Dioses has absorbed an impressive array of influences, including classical mythology, Edgar Allan Poe, Ambrose Bierce, Robert W. Chambers, H.P. Lovecraft, George St ...more
Blaine
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
While I'm only a humble, aspiring poet, I will try and expand on the facets others have touched on in the reviews collected herein.

What separates Ashley Dioses from the rest of the pack is the sheer overwhelming lushness and vibrancy of her verse, enhanced and encapsulated as it is by the traditional forms one might find in the poetry and poets from whom she draws her tradition. Nods to Clark Ashton Smith, Poe, and H.P. Lovecraft can be found within this tome. But make no mistake! These lines ar
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Joshua Gage
Ashley Dioses has established herself as one of the leading voices in contemporary weird poetry. Known for her meticulous use of rhyme and meter and her melding of the strange and the romantic, Dioses has gathered some of her recent poetry into her first collection—a scintillating assemblage of nearly 100 poems short and long, published and unpublished. Titled Diary of a Sorceress, it is a really exciting collection of weird and dark fantasy poetry sure to appeal to any reader.

Full review here:
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Barb VanderWel
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
i love the book
Jeff
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
When I first read poems by Ashley Dioses in the pages of Spectral Realms, I found her witchy subject matter a little foreign and hard to embrace. Then I read her excellent poem about Nora May French called "The Perfect Rose" (included in this collection) and that turned out to be the key to hearing the writer's voice.

There are some excellent pieces in the Diary of a Sorceress, such as "Winter Witch" and "On A Dreamland’s Moon". A handful of poems dealing with the historical Countess Báthory achi
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Jeff
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you like the poetry of Edgar Allan Poe, Clark Ashton Smith and some of the better verse by H.P. Lovecraft, I can recommend this book highly. These poems are dark, sensual, and magical!
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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 seni
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