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Eden Underground delivers an intense and visually stunning collection of horror scenarios. Rich in eldritch dreams and manic visions, these poems get under your skin. Manzetti is a maestro of the dark fantastic." - Bruce Boston, author of Resonance Dark and Light
"From the first stanza of the first poem in this amazing collection, I was drawn into the incredibly dark scenes of a disturbing and nightmarish "Eden"." - Marge Simon, multiple Bram Stoker Award® winner
"...a personal take of the world that surrounds all of us, those hidden parts that create monsters and that serve as a dwelling place for demons that invade our lives, thoughts and actions." - Tanja Jurkovic, Horrornews.net "If you have never read a book of poetry before or if you never thought you could be a fan of poetry let this book be the one to introduce you to the words of verse. Alessandro Manzetti is mesmerizing." - Paula Limbaugh, Horror Novels Reviews
File Size: 1579 KB
Print Length: 88 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Crystal Lake Publishing (July 10, 2015)
This is horror poetry at its best! Nothing in Eden Underground: Poetry of Darkness is made to look like there might be a good side to it. Alessandro Manzetti shows the depravity of the human condition, and displays it with total honesty. When Alessandro tells of prostitution, death, and depravity, he shoots from the hip and his aim is true. Dark, intense, and disgusting jump out at you from the pages, the revolting truth surrounding you, pulling you in even though you wish to escape. But there is no escape, not even when you have finished this outstanding collection, for your mind cannot expel what has been absorbed. Sleepless nights? Yes, you will have many. But that is why you read horror, is it not?
Alessandro has done his job exquisitely. Horror poetry is alive and well.
Lucifer, the Beast, shows the man the rooms of Hell; the swollen corridors, the chandeliers made of bone and onyx, the black bulbs, screwed cancers, ten per group, ten per room. The metastases of the bottom of the Earth lit by darkness. Excerpted from The Tenth Circle
Poetry, it’s an odd genre. When you mention the word to someone, some think of rhyming words or fluffy verses; to others it may be that stuff you had to sit through in English class. And then there are those who have read Edgar Allan Poe and know it can be so much more. Alessandro Manzetti dispels those thoughts of the uninitiated; his dark verses bring poetry to an entirely different level. The title, Eden Underground, says it all; it is not at all the garden you thought you knew.
As you begin to read, you’ll find that the words flow like magic; a dark sensuous musicality intertwining with the visions in your head. Deceptive titles like Green Apples, Eastern Heaven, Lacrimosa, and The Garden, hide the reality of the prose. These poems allow one to glimpse the desolate underbelly of humanity without dirtying themselves.
When I was first given this book I thought “Okay, I’ll read a few poems now and perhaps a few more later.” Instead I found I couldn’t put it down. So intense is the writing that I had to keep reading. If you have never read a book of poetry before or if you never thought you could be a fan of poetry let this book be the one to introduce you to the words of verse. Alessandro Manzetti is mesmerizing, so much in fact that I just bought Venus Intervention, an earlier book of his poetry co-authored with Corrine De Winter. I am not disappointed!
It would be remiss of me to not address the eye-catching cover; it’s brilliantly done by Vincent Chong. It evokes visions of despair, I want to look inside and see what is being kept within. Oh, and I am pleasantly surprised! There are striking illustrations scattered throughout the pages by Paolo Di Orazio. And of course, I must mention the back cover work is done by none other than Ben Baldwin.
Truly this is not a book to miss. This review was also posted on horrornovelreviews.com.
Alessandro Manzetti summons a darkness that will haunt you long after you put the book down. Eden Underground: Poetry of Darkness is a beautifully eclectic collection. Each poem offers a different terrific visual that is sure to give you goosebumps and make your flesh creep!
I'll be the first to admit that poetry is usually hit or miss - This collection is definitely a hit! The first thing that sets this book apart from the rest, is Alessandro Manzetti's uncanny ability to weave chilling images into the reader's mind. These images refuse to leave, flashing over and over again until they consume you. This book isn't just words on a page, it's a journey through fears, adventures, and heart pounding suspense.
This is by far one of the best poetry collections available. Poetry, specifically horror poetry, is an art form and Alessandro Manzetti has mastered that art form. I was blown away by the rich poems, vivid versus, and emotional rawness there is to each of these poems.
It's a fast read and surely one you'll return to time after time when you're looking for that surge of adrenaline.
Dark poetry is the art of disturbing images which any true fan of horror will come to revere. Horror comes to us in its myriad forms of illustrations, stills, novels, novellas, and short stories. To this list, we add also poetry. Where prose attempts to spell out what we should feel and fear, poetry takes images the horror fan can delve into and feel. True horror can only be felt. To link into an image is to make it our own and live it. Backgrounds of mystery, fog, tensions glom onto us, staying with us, and this is what Alessandro Manzetti's collection Eden Underground does for us. Under the most physical images lies the dark, whether its violence, murder, aberrant sex, or any extreme, gives the thrill of that which lies in the darkness and beyond the veil of life (into death). Horror is never afraid to push the boundaries and that is what you will find here. Indulge in the senses of words and images of the dark poetry and let them guide you into the pleasures of horror. Mr. Manzetti's poetry is the right feel for a dark and stormy night of the soul.