Friday, October 31, 2014
RELEASE DAY: "Fretensis" by Dennis Villelmi (w/ REVIEW)
Fretensis, by Dennis Villelmi
In The Image Of A Blind God, Vol 1
Fretensis — An epic prose poem, part Dante, part Lovecraft, part Burroughs, full of vast, cyclopeian horrors and hidden, twilight Gods and their vassals conversing in the dark corners of Mankind’s metropolises and the abandoned civilisations foresaken by time, always watching, waiting for the time when once again they will rise and walk amongst us.
A work of mad genius,a manuscript of the damned, Fretensis tells tales of Damzui, Lord Of The Husks, through the ages of mankind, of the games that the Celestial Beings play with mortals (sometimes through malice, sometimes because it is merely within their nature), it lurches from Ancient, marble-columned Rome to the dust-blown American Midwest of the modern day to the inner-most darkness present within the corners of our psyche. Featuring madness-cursed immortals, thrice-damned whores and a myriad of characters, all with their own agendas and insanities.
A must for all fans of horror and poetry.
Dennis had these thoughts on the inspiration for writing Fretensis:
“In retrospect, I see now that “Fretensis,” which is but the introduction to a larger poetic opus, is one of those books which, regardless of the authors’ feelings toward them, had to be written. It’s a project that I’ve welcomed in, as it were, from both reflections on the subject of divinity, and the abyss that such reflections drove me into. Human thought, since its advent, has been yoked with the concept of “gods,” or “God Almighty.” To me, this isn’t so much a preoccupation, as it is the madness of a species. H.P.Lovecraft saw religion as soil most fertile for horror; who can argue that this horror has not been of the largest constituents of our common history? Thus, “Fretensis,” Book I of “In the Image of a Blind God” series stands as both a suspicion of Deity, and as benefit of the doubt granted to the so-called “fallen.” Often have I asked myself whether Lucifer fell, or fled in horror, and with that question always does it feel that “In the Image of a Blind God” isn’t so much an epic poem that I am composing, but rather, is an epic poem composing itself through me.”
We are very happy to be working further with Dennis (many of you will recognise him from our anthologies and his poetry which has appeared on our site more than once) and helping him to further his artistic vision as an author.
The cover will be designed by Matt Davis, who was the cover designer for Zero, and the book will be released on Halloween for paperback and kindle on Amazon, as normal.
Fretensis was a fast read, and one I read over twice, just to be sure that there was nothing I missed. It will raise eyebrows, and perhaps some questions amongst the readers. It will a lot of people turn to Google for the deities that they may not be familiar with.
It read so smoothly, I believe the quote above, that the poem wrote itself through the author and not the other way around.
Art, especially poetry, is so difficult to rate in a review. When you add in such a strong view about religion and various faith-based beings, it is even more difficult. My views are polar opposite of Mr. Villelmi, but I respect his views and the beautiful way in which he expressed them in Fretensis.
I also loved the art inside, which added to the eerie vibe of this book.
For fans of Otep Shamaya (like myself), I think you'll be enthralled. This was a great book to release on Halloween!
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