Aphelion Review # 25

Releasing the Demons

A collection of short stories and poetry
By Sirrus Poe

Review by Dan L. Hollifield

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Type of music/work:

Horror / Fantasy


Sirrus Poe
Published by PublishAmerica Book Publishers
ISBN: 1-59129-935-7

General impressions of the album/book:

If you like horror stories, then this book is for you! Finely crafted tales of the odd and outre', Sirrus Poe's collection of short fiction and poetry will make you shiver and tingle.


Short, intense stories usually don't leave room for characterization, but Sirrus delivers time after time. The stories are finely crafted and fun to read. Spooky, eerie, and sometimes disturbing, but fun. I kept being reminded of Chambers, Long, Robert Bloch and other writers in the Lovecraft circle as I read Sirrus Poe's work. Reminded me a little of Dean Koontz's work as well. There is a depth of feeling for the characters that touches the reader.

There are a lot of stories and poems in this volume. The mix is well thought out and one story just seems to lead into the next poem, and vice versa. The variety of stories in the collection ensures that the reader will develop several favorites, for differing reasons. The poetry between the short stories gives the reader a chance to catch their mental breath before plunging into the next tale. The poetry is as good as the stories are, and they serve to set a differing mood upon the reader from the tale just finished.

All in all, a very well done collection of stories and poems. I predict that Sirrus Poe has a great future ahead of himself.

Background info:

Review Copyright 2003 by Dan L. Hollifield

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