Sunday, 1 May 2016
La Petite Mort
It tell the story of a talented young poet called Rufus Hobster.
Well, actually, that's not entirely truthful. That bit about Rufus Hobster being a talented young poet.
For not only is Rufus Hobster a talented poet, he is also a vampire, so the state of being youthful or otherwise is really of no significance as far as he is concerned.
Through La Petite Mort Rufus tells the story of his early life when first he was introduced into vampirism.
Yet this is not a standard book about a poet (who just happens to be a vampire) it is written by the eminently talented Eli Wilde who wrote poetry in the voice of Rufus Hobster throughout this truly remarkable book.
These Gothic poems are probably some of the most compelling lines of modern poetry that I have ever read. Anywhere, at any time.
They are moving, frightening, bewildering, intoxicating, dream-laden, of another world of another time, from a different realm where a dog lies weeping for its slain master as a vampire feasts on his blood, of death too early, of death delayed.
It is published by Matador at £7.99 and is available for purchase at the That's Books and Entertainment bookshop, a little to the right of this book review.
You should buy this book. But if you do, be prepared to carry these poems with you in your heart for a little while to come...
And do please check the bookshop for other collections of poetry by Eli Wilde.