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- Publisher: Crystal Lake Publishing (July 10, 2015)
- Publication Date: July 10, 2015
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B010W8KWW0
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"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
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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.
Alessandro has done his job exquisitely. Horror poetry is alive and well.
shows the man the rooms of Hell;
the swollen corridors,
the chandeliers made of bone and onyx,
the black bulbs,
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.
But it’s what happens after the poem, after you’ve closed the book or you’ve plugged in your Kindle to charge, that makes this worth the read. Manzetti’s words haunt you. You’ll find certain phrases sneaking into your thoughts. “flesh trophy” “scepter of bones” “the mollusc of your white pearl soul” The rhythmic play of the words. The syncopation. The inescapable visuals they slam you with. And, curious, you’ll find yourself revisiting the page, convinced there’s more to discover beneath the words. Eager to see what you might have missed.
And that’s where it gets good because Alessandro’s poems, at first glance, offer you only the surface of what he’s creating. But it’s like an onion, what you first see only the top layer. But beneath that first read wait many other layers, like levels in Hell. Layers of thought, of dread, of fear, of redemption and regret. Of the worst of the worst of us. Wounded souls captured in Alessandro’s stanzas, eager to sneak through the cracks and follow you into your waking life, like shadows. Or ghosts.
This is the brilliance of Eden Underground. And this is why it’s a work I’ll be revisiting again and again.
Top international reviews
So fascinating and well written, I read this wonderful book in one sitting, only realising it was four in the morning after I had read the last line!!
Alessandro shows great depth of feeling in his writing and has the ability to whisk the reader into another world. If the last time you read poetry was very reluctantly at school, I urge you to open your mind, forget the dull and dry as dust poetry fed to us back in the day and read this amazing book. Dear reader, you will not be disappointed.
Each poem packs a punch.