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Southpaw Nights Paperback – February 16, 2015
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'Benjamin Blake relishes funereal lyricism with a spice of surrealism.'
~ Ramsey Campbell
'Benjamin Blake brings an exciting new voice to verse.'
~ Jeani Rector, Editor, The Horror Zine
'Blake makes the darkness romantic with his elegant choice of words and intelligent dialect.'
About the Author
Benjamin Blake was born in the July of 1985, in the small town of Eltham, New Zealand. His fiction and verse have appeared in numerous journals and magazines including, The Los Angeles Review of Los Angeles, Morpheus Tales, Black Petals and Danse Macabre. He was a contributor to the 2012 anthology, A Feast of Frights from the Horror Zine. His first poetry collection, A Prayer for Late October, was published in 2013. He currently lives in a cabin, somewhere in the New Zealand countryside.
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Blake’s unique voice, and, more importantly, his ability to transcend the “norm” finds the reader in familiar or unfamiliar, territory: themselves. Few can elicit such emotions or pluck the horror straight from our once red, but now darkened heart. Careful, readers, the horrors are far and away, and some are waiting for us to look in the mirror. A stellar debut from a wordsmith who’s career is destined to be a long one.