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The Macabre Modern

and Other Morbidities

by Kyla Lee Ward

156 pages
Trade Paperback

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A contemporary re-envisioning of the medieval “The Dance of Death” theme (fourteenth-century), written for the twenty-first century onward. Fantastic, imaginative poetry written and illustrated by award-winning poet, author, artist, playwright, performer Kyla Lee Ward. Her poem “Revenants of the Antipodes” (in this collection) won the AHWA Australian Shadows Award for poetry 2018. ... [Read more]

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Richard L. Tierney

P’rea Press is sad to report that Richard L. Tierney has passed away. Richard was 85 years of age and a brilliant Lovecraftian and weird fiction author, poet, and thinker. The creator of Simon of Gitta and John Taggart has perhaps gone to Kadath or Zarr (but naturally that depends on which place he has made up his mind to visit!) He is missed, both in his person and in his new travels. Richard had taken up the mantle of H. P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, and Clark Ashton Smith (his three most favourite authors) into the twenty-first century, and his writing forged a unique continuity of great, exciting literature of fantasy and the supernatural. A genteel and gentlemanly guy, he accomplished much in his lifetime, and his writing and personality will live on. He remains a true Lovecraftian and a fascinating and powerful sword-and-sorcerer!  


Kyla Lee Ward has won the Australasian Shadows Award for non-fiction (AHWA) with her essay "The Danse Macabre" (2019), the Shadows Award for poetry with "Revenants of the Antipodes" (2018), and won third in the SFPA Rhysling Award Long Poem category with her "The Macabre Modern" (2020). The three works are in her P'rea book The Macabre Modern (featured). Previously, Wade German achieved third in the Rhysling Award for "The Necromantic Wine" (in Avatars of Wizardry, 2012), and Ann Schwader tied for first place with "Keziah" (from Dark Energies), in the same award (2016). P'rea Press must be doing something right. My congratulations go to Kyla for her awards, and to all who make P'rea books. Thank you David Schultz, David Schembri, Gavin O'Keefe, Andrew McKiernan, S. T. Joshi, and of course the authors!!!

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