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Spook Ballads

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Spook Ballads is a collection of haunting and lyrical poems that explore themes of death, loss, and the supernatural. Parkes' writing is both beautiful and chilling, drawing the reader in with vivid imagery and poignant storytelling.

The poems in Spook Ballads effortlessly blend folklore and the macabre, creating a sense of unease and intrigue that lingers long after the final page. Parkes' ability to evoke a sense of dread and mystery is truly impressive, making each poem a haunting and memorable experience.

Overall, Spook Ballads is a captivating and atmospheric collection that will appeal to fans of dark poetry and Gothic literature. Parkes' unique voice and storytelling ability shine through in each poem, creating a collection that is both mesmerizing and unforgettable.

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This is a volume of ghost stories in verse by William Theodore Parkes. The poems in this volume are often humorous, and written in a parody of ye olde style of poetry.

"Dealing largely with ghosts and legends embracing a dash of diablerie such as would have been dear to the heart of Ingoldsby. There is a rugged force in 'The Girl of Castlebar' that will always make it tell in recitation; and even greater success in this direction has attended 'The Fairy Queen,' a story unveiling the seamy side, with quaint humour and stern realism. It is specially worthy of note that Mr. Parkes's skill in versification has received the warmest acknowledgment from those best qualified to appreciate the bright local coloring as well as the blending of fancy and fun."— Lloyd's Weekly Newspaper. - Summary by Carolin


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