A rich gathering of poetry with a dismal twilight atmosphere, a brooding nature, an eerie tone . . . DARKVERSE: THE SHADOW HOURS encompasses such pieces written by Lori R. Lopez between 2009 and 2017, collected in three of her POETIC REFLECTIONS volumes along with humorous and serious verse. This ample compendium allows a more focused reading experience and mood — presenting poems that share speculative themes, flashes of horror, glimpses of madness. Lori is the author of THE DARK MISTER SNARK, THE STRANGE TAIL OF ODDZILLA, LEERY LANE, MONSTROSITIES, AN ILL WIND BLOWS, and THE FAIRY FLY among other tales. She has been called a storyteller, whether composing verse or prose. The aim of her Darkverse series is to offer a chilling trek through unlit stretches where all manner of creeps and kooks may lurk; where graveyards and bogs and full-moons abound. The pages of The Shadow Hours illuminate those morbid uncanny perils and dreads that inhabit drab corners, the known and unknown terrors of the night. Vivid and distinct, her voice echoes our worst fears then delves beyond, exposing hitherto unimaginable frights. Prepare to confront a motley array of ghouls and menaces that might just move under your bed. DARKVERSE: THE SHADOW HOURS is an Elgin Award Nominee and a 2018 Kindle Book Awards Poetry Finalist. Look for an Illustrated Print Edition with quirky art by the author.
About the Author
Lori R. Lopez has been writing and drawing since she was roughly the size of a pumpkin, if babies were round and knew how to hold a pencil. They usually don’t, so perhaps we should stick with the facts. And be a little more crepuscular in tone, for this is about her dark side. If this were about her lighter side, there would be the obvious comparison to a balloon. It isn’t, hence the pumpkin. Oh well, let us skip to the details about her life. Or we could if she had one to speak of. It is pretty much all about the writing with occasional conversation, adventure, bedlam thrown in. And five kitties. Who are semi-feral and mostly live in a Catio built by her sons. None of that is especially scary or macabre. Or literary! Right. Good point. We should probably talk about her poetry! Lori’s verse has difficulty deciding whether to be eerie, absurd, or existential. At times it all gets mixed together and she is helpless to prevent it, like tipping over a bottle of very black ink that spills and splashes everywhere on everything . . . Sorry about that. The lines can even smudge or blur between poetry and narration, as her poems often tell a tale. But this is not entirely what Lori does. When she isn’t coming up with strange verse, she poses for photos wearing hats. Or invents rather odd prose. And when she isn’t doing any of those or all at the same time, she can be found doodling weird illustrations to go with whatever sort of lettered lines she concocted in a manic fugue of genius babble or her sleep — at least, that’s how it seems. There really isn’t much more to describe or conjecture. Being shy, Lori avoids crowds except when author duties require her to be in the midst of one. You will not easily notice the timid lady as she won’t be terribly talkative in a group. She might seem a bit quirky and distracted, pensive about her latest project or a new idea that just sprang to mind. And then again, she may be focused on an urgent errand, a purposeful endeavor. Observe her like a creature in the wild, with care not to startle or spook. Leave that to her.