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5+ stars for Dark Tales and Twisted Verses by @libraryoferana #horror #darkfantasy #bookreview

Title: Dark Tales and Twisted Verses

Author: A.L. Butcher

Genre: Dark Fantasy/Horror/Paranormal/Poetry

Book Blurb:

Dark tales of ghosts of war, blood from the Autumn of Terror, the wrath of nature, an unusual murder and a cynical vampire. Twisted poetry of loss and mayhem.

Some adult themes and language.


The Secret of Blossom Rise - A Ghost Story The Watcher - A Tale of Jack the Ripper The Last Forest - A Tale of the Wrath of Nature The Last Dance - An Autumnal Flash Fiction The Sleeper - A Yoyo Murder So Many Nights, So Many Sins - A Vampire's Tale Poetry:

We Must Remember Giving It All Enigma Yours Truly End of Days Empty Classrooms The Glass-Eyed Monster

My Review:

A terrific little companion on a dark Halloween night. Read this one by a fire in a house with a creaking shutter and see if you glance over your shoulder. Like a great menu, there's something for everyone in this book. The look at the Ripper is grim but brilliant. The poetry is compelling and heartfelt.

This book simply carries a reader on a journey through many worlds. You will have fun trying to find which one is your favorite. Personally, I will never look at yo-yos the same again. The Yo-yo murders was the best in the work for this reader.

Original, well written, and laid out. This book of tales and poetry is a great spooky treat for Halloween or any time of the year. Recommended to fans of the great S. King who knew how to write a good horror short story.

My Rating: 5+ stars

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Author Biography:

British-born A. L. Butcher is an avid reader and creator of worlds, a poet, and a dreamer, a lover of science, natural history, history, and monkeys. Her prose has been described as ‘dark and gritty’ and her poetry as ‘evocative’. She writes with a sure and sometimes erotic sensibility of things that might have been, never were, but could be.

Alex is the author of the Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles and the Tales of Erana lyrical fantasy series. She also has several short stories in the fantasy, fantasy romance genres with occasional forays into gothic style horror, including the Legacy of the Mask series. With a background in politics, classical studies, ancient history and myth, her affinities bring an eclectic and unique flavour in her work, mixing reality and dream in alchemical proportions that bring her characters and worlds to life.

She also curates speculative fiction themed book bundles on BundleRabbit - for the most part - the Here Be Series

Alex is also proud to be a writer for Perseid Press where her work features in Heroika: Dragon Eaters, Heroika Skirmishers – where she was editor and cover designer as well as writer and Lovers in Hell – part of the acclaimed Heroes in Hell series.


Outside the Walls, co-written with Diana L. Wicker received a Chill with a Book Reader’s Award in 2017.

NN Light Book Heaven awards:

The Kitchen Imps and Other Dark Tales won the best fantasy for 2018

Echoes of a Song - one of her Phantom tales – won the best fantasy in 2019

Tears and Crimson Velvet won the best Short Story category in 2020

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Reviewed by: Mr. N


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