National Dark Poetry Day!

One of my favorite days of the year and I celebrated by witnessing the release of two chapbooks. The first was not mine but Alessandro Manzetti’s Whitechapel Rhapsody. I had the pleasure of editing the translation, and I emphasize pleasure.

There is dark poetry, and then there is Manzetti. He deep dives into the most depraved recesses of humanity, dredging up every festering and damaged part of us… and turns it into poetry. Not for the sensitive reader, I love Manzetti’s work because he allows his work to run unfettered into Hell to bring back souvenirs.

I wish my poetry was this dark… but I am a ray of sunshine compared to this foray into midnight madness. If you are looking for true madness beautifully written, then grab Whitechapel Rhapsody. The Kindle version is up now. The paperback will join soon.

Find Whitechapel Rhapsody here.

Then, as promised (for a year or so now) I just uploaded Altars and Oubliettes. Yes, I know I have been saying this for awhile, but it is actually loaded on Amazon and will probably show up by tomorrow sometime. I will have links here and mention it.

Now that Altars is up, I am already a good way into my next one which I plan to release in April 2021. Called Post Consumer, it’s an exploration of all the things we cast away. People, animals, children, body parts… so far I’m very happy where it is taking me.

A genuine Niceville Pirantula

Finally, not poetry but a nice surprise I found on accident, the Retro Horror anthology looks like it’s going up. My pulp horror Pirantulas! is in it. I found it linked to my name today and did a double-take. That is a pirantula on the cover!

The story was written in a Florida town called Niceville and a group of us made a movie out of it. I’ll link it below. Don’t be too unkind… there is a reason I write rather than direct! I’m writing a story for a theater production happening there at Cafe Bienville. Maybe Dr. Brogan needs to be dusted off for a visit.

Pulpy retro horror is so much fun to write. After I finish up all the projects I have going on now (which are all technoir, if you were wondering) I might do some more campy ones. I know I had a follow up to Pirantulas! in mind. You can find Retro Horror for Kindle here.

That’s Ryan Aussie Smith (husband) narrating, by the way! He’s also the thrashing body.

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, author, and publisher with over 20 years of experience in newspaper journalism. She is a Bram Stoker Awards® Finalist and HWA Mentor of the Year for 2020. She co-publishes Space and Time, a publication dedicated to fantasy, horror and science fiction since 1966. Join the community at
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