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About the Author

E.J. Stevens writes poetry, urban fantasy, and young adult paranormal novels. E.J. is the author of the haunting collection of dark poetry From the Shadows, the chilling collection of paranormal poetry Shadows of Myth and Legend, the young adult paranormal Spirit Guide Series, which include She Smells the Dead, Spirit Storm, and Legend of Witchtrot Road, and the Ivy Granger urban fantasy series. When E.J. isn't at her writing desk she can be found blogging at From the Shadows, a paranormal book blog, or hanging out on Goodreads and Twitter. E.J. is a graduate of the University of Maine at Farmington with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and is an active member of the Paranormal Romance Guild. E.J. currently resides in a magical forest on the coast of Maine where she finds daily inspiration for her writing.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 70 pages
  • Publisher: Sacred Oaks Press (March 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984247513
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984247516
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,862,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kevin Maze on April 11, 2011
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I saw this book advertised on another website as "the chilling collection of paranormal poetry". I love poetry and the paranormal, but I'd never read paranormal poetry. I was intrigued. I downloaded a sample onto my Kindle, which stopped in the middle of one of the poems; I downloaded the book without even thinking, just knowing I had to finish the poem! (And for only $2.99, there's really nothing to think about.) Wow! I am now an E.J. Stevens fan! Like the other reviewers have mentioned, there are poems involving vampires, werewolves, zombies, faes, ghosts, and much more. My favorite is "Grindylow", about the warnings to a child what happens when you go too near the water's edge. Stevens has a knowledge of the genre, which comes through every poem, as well as a mastery of language. Her imagery and rhyme schemes evoke hauntingly beautiful pictures that are tragic, spooky, scary, sometimes humorous, and always moving, just like good poetry should. These poems are rich, textured gothic tales such as her "Jiang Shi":

Come along now Jiang Shi
It is time to be led
Back to your loving family
To the woman you were wed

You have traveled far from home
Far from your hearth and bed
We must return you to your wife
Whose eyes are rimmed with red

The priest rings the sacred bell
Rice and herbs have been spread
Your flesh is stiff and greenish-pale
Long white hair hangs from your head

We await you in silence
Our prayers have been said
Time to climb into this damp earth
For Jiang Shi you are dead.

The undead never sounded more beautiful and sad. The only complaint is that this collection is too short because once you enter the world of E.J. Stevens you don't want to leave.
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I won this one off [...], Great Blog if you have a moment to check it out. I honestly wasn't sure what I was going to think of this one. When I read the back I kept thinking ... Paranormal, Fae, folklore .... This could be so good because I am absolutely in love with all things Fae and Paranormal! Or it could be horrible, because the author could just not understand the real folklore behind the Fae and all other paranormal creatures and just make a whole bunch of stuff up and be a poser... All I have to say is I'm so happy I won this book!!! She definitely captured the real Fae, and what I pictured them to be like. I highly recommend this book to all those who are paranormal lovers! I am definitely recommending this one to all my friends! My 2 favorites was called Exile and Love of a Shifter. Such a great read! Here is one of my favorites!

Exile

Legs bound with cold iron
So you cannot flee
Wings wrapped in a glamour
For no human eyes to see

Stranded in the mortal realm
No magic to sustain your youth
A terrible price to pay
For seeking out the truth

Exiled from all Sidhe lands
Sent far from kith and kin
Judged by both Seelie courts
Guilty of our greatest sin
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Shadows of Myth and Legend by E.J Stevens, may be only fifty four pages long but it is filled with poems about vampires, demons and other creatures of the night. It is not your typical book of poetry but "dark poetry". I have always been a fan of the supernatural and I enjoyed the book. The author has a wonderful imagination and some of her poems were chilling. I recommend this book to everyone who is not afraid of the dark and what lurks within it.
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