Results of the Bram Stoker Award in the year 2007.
An exciting new collection of 100 poems written by the first African-American recipient of the Bram Stoker Award for superior achievement in poetry. This collection includes original pieces and reprints from such sources as African Voices, Strange Horizons, and Fantastic Stories. With original photography and art by Brian J. Addison.
“I wrote the original poetry for Vectors during the first seven days of July, 2006, while sicker than usual and unable to get out of bed, somehow imagining there was no one else out there. There will always be those who think the idea too far fetched, that humanity could never destroy itself so utterly, especially in only one week. Yet these poems by Marge Simon and myself were never about science’s purest ground zero but about all our planet’s brethren, reduced to hearts and numbers.”—Charlee Jacob
An all new collection of 25 of the darkest poems you’ll ever read from Charlee Jacob, the 2005 Bram Stoker Award for best poetry collection.
Ossuary is a poetic tribute to the bone panels, bone scrolls and other art of artist, writer and publisher Erzebet YellowBoy. The twenty-four poems in the collection center upon the themes of decay and transformation in much the same way YellowBoy’s work does. Some draw upon world myth and fairy tale, from the dismembering of Osiris in “Osiris, Seed-Scattered” to the schemes of the Greek Fates in “The Moriae’s Tools” to numerous permutations of “Sleeping Beauty,” YellowBoy’s favorite fairy tale which follow the heroine’s descent through dreams and her numerous transformations in body, mind and soul.
Additionally Ossuary seeks to explore the natural world from which the artist draws inspiration—the season’s cycles, nature’s mystery and, of course, the inevitability of death and the transforming process of decay. In Ossuary, the reader will find such things as the wizened beauty of an old woman tending her garden, descents through the grave’s loamy underworld, and the phoenix-like bursting of a bush into flame.
What’s a Phantasmapedia?
Phantasmapedia is a chapbook collection of poems about 32 little-known creatures—demons, entities, mutants, and pseudo-biological aberrations. Even though you may not have heard of these beings, there is a good chance one or more of them could be influencing your life. Are you having difficulty losing weight? You could be the victim of Adipossums, or maybe Glucozoth, Lord of Candy. Having memory problems? Brown Creepers could be to blame. Is your computer acting strangely? Internet Witches may have sent a special virus your way. Are you hopelessly insane or terminally ill? Perhaps you’ve crossed paths with the Yellow-Tailed Satanus or the Oncoloscarabaeus. Phantasmapedia also reveals the ultimate destiny of life on Earth, as well as a variety of other arcane secrets.