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Diary of a Gentleman Diabolist

Diary of a Gentleman Diabolist

Written by: Robin Spriggs
Published by: Anomalous Books (September 1, 2010)
Page Count: 116
ISBN-10: 0963429671
ISBN-13: 978-0963429674
Where to buy: Anomalous Books, Amazon, and other fine book retailers

Publishers Comments:
Equal parts grimoire, dream journal, adversaria, metafictional scripture, oracular revelation, and astral travelogue, this collection of interconnected prose poems by acclaimed fabulist Robin Spriggs is a darkly seductive journey through the demon-haunted nether regions of magic, myth, and the poetic imagination.

About the Author:
Robin Spriggs is the author of Wondrous Strange: Tales of the Uncanny, Capes & Cowls: Adventures in Wyrd City, The Dracula Poems: A Poetic Encounter with the Lord of Vampires, and nearly 200 short stories and poems that have appeared in a wide variety of publications. In addition to writing, he performs on both stage and screen and serves as a mentor and life coach to a diverse circle of poets, artists, madmen, etc. He is currently at work on no fewer than nine projects, his next book among them.

Hello Ghouls and Boils,

Today I am pleased to present you with a phantastic poetic journey – Diary of a Gentleman Diabolist by Robin Spriggs. Robin has been a reader of She Never Slept for some time. When I found out he had a new book on the shelves this September, I did not hesitate to ask for a review copy. I had read Mr. Spriggs’s work here and there, but had yet to read a collection of his. I am happy to say that I am now eager to read more… but I shall tease you no longer, let us get to the review. Enjoy, my fiends!

Abstrusely,
Sarah L. Covert

What is a prose poem? In the forward of Diary of a Gentleman Diabolist, Publisher J.P. Fortner tries to tell us just that. But, as he so eloquently states, if you ask two people what a prose poem is – you will undoubtedly get two different answers. Merriam-Webster defines it as: ‘a composition in prose that has some of the qualities of a poem’. For me this is too simple a definition. As a writer myself, prose poetry is one of my favorite forms. I would define it this way: a prose poem is something that is summoned from the soul that defiantly disobeys the rigid rules of meter and rhyme. Robin Spriggs does this and takes things farther – with a journey you will not soon forget.

When I first picked up the book I was not sure what to expect. As I said earlier, I had read pieces of Mr. Spriggs work here and there – but had yet been exposed to a collection of his work. I must state that calling this a collection really does it a great disservice. This book is much more than a mere collection. It doesn’t read like a “normal” book of prose poetry. It is a humours, horrific, magicial, maddening, strange, sad, mystical, and wondrous set of poems that is connected like a jigsaw puzzle from beginning to end.

Because I don’t want to ruin this strange voyage for you, wicked ones, I will not go into detail about individual poems but speak of the book as a whole. Diary of a Gentleman Diabolist is a twisted piece of work that evokes the full spectrum of emotions in the reader. Robin Spriggs skillfully leads you along a path that is often not taken – perhaps for good reason, as it is a dangerous one to tread. But there is no need to fear with Mr. Spriggs as your leader. This eloquently written and devilishly charming book surprised me again and again, as I absorbed each poem and contemplated what they meant to me. When I got to the end, I wanted to read it again… and I did. Upon the second reading I was transfixed and made even more connections – I am sure some new neurons sprouted.

Final Thoughts:
Diary of a Gentleman Diabolist has earned a special place on my bookshelves and Robin Spriggs has earned a special place in my heart along side T.S. Eliot, Oscar Wilde, Gertrude Stein, Allen Ginsburg, and Charles Bukowski. I have longed for a new generation of great poets for some time… and if Mr. Spriggs is any indication of what is to come – perhaps that genisis has arrived. He has certainly inspired me to pick up the pen once more! I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys prose poetry, dark poetry, strange tales, or has an interest in occultism. I would also challenge those who have shunned poetry in the past to give this book a read — you may be surprised. I give this book a 5 out of 5. Bravo Robin – keep writing!

Sarah L. Covert, Creator/Editor/Reviewer

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