Monday, December 23, 2013

DEMONSTRA reviewed on Hellnotes

A great review of my new book of speculative poetry, DEMONSTRA, was posted up recently at Hellnotes. I appreciate K.H. Vaughan taking the time to read through it and to appreciate what had gone into composing the book. As my third major collection of speculative poetry, it's one that has also had me wondering how easily readers could get into it, especially since this is the first text to really introduce the phi of Southeast Asia, a class of spirits that are a little different from what most outside of Asia would consider ghosts.

From their review:
"It took exactly seven lines for me to decide I was onto something special with this new release from Innsmouth Free Press. This book is just that good. In Demonstra, Bryan Thao Worra presents an unusual collection of speculative poetry, filled with references to popular horror tropes, traditional Laotian folklore, and Buddhist musings in striking and unexpected combinations..."

Hellnotes began in 1995 as a weekly email newsletter with a hardcopy component and a paid subscription base. Since then, it’s gone through a number of transformations and today delivers the same horror genre news and information several times a day for free. Hellnotes, owned by JournalStone Publishing, is dedicated to bringing you the best information on the internet, covering horror movies, horror fiction, horror comics, horror writers, and more.

K. H. Vaughan is a refugee from academia with a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. In his other life he taught, published, and practiced in various settings, with particular interest in decision theory, forensic psychology, psychopathology, and methodology. He is an affiliate member of the Horror Writers Association and a member of the New England Horror Writers. He lives with his wife and three children in New England. You can visit his website at:

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