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Taking Root By David Lewis Paget
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Somewhere out there, in the inky blackness of the stellar night, there is a repository of tales untold, swirling in the darkness, and just waiting to beam down and flow through the ink of a pen onto... More > the page. These are not ordinary tales about ordinary people. Rather they are about an alternative world out there, perhaps hovering on the brink of the improbable, fired by the kinks of a fevered imagination, and driven by events that the laws of time and space would deem to be impossible. Have no expectations of regular outcomes, for the characters involved here don’t live in our well regulated world. Their fate and fortune hangs always by a thread, the vagaries of perversity and chance tipping and tripping them through situations they never imagined could happen to them. Each tale is escapist to some extent, in that you, the reader, may turn your back on the mundane life you live, and lose yourself for a brief moment in these alternative worlds. But at least, you get to come back!< Less
The Mind Catcher By David Lewis Paget
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The characters in these stories may well haunt your sleeping hours, once you have given yourself up to them, have absorbed their eccentricities and the fables I engineered for them. They do not live... More > as you and I live. Not for them the mundane and repetitive boredom of tiny lives, lived in quiet desperation in the mean streets of our cities. They mainly survive on the edge of their own particular darkness, the bleak forces of nature and unnatural magic creating the circumstances of the horror that defines them. Some do in fact survive, but a crude madness is never very far away, stalking even the best of them.< Less
Timepieces - Poems Out of Time & Other Places By David Lewis Paget
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'Timepieces' is the first volume of Narrative Poetry in a series which began in 2006. This poetry was a departure from the introspective poems contained in 'Pen & Ink'. After 40 years of writing,... More > I decided that I needed a new mountain to climb, and this mountain was the narrative. I had always admired 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner' by Coleridge, also 'Kubla Khan' and 'Christabel', unfinished though they were. 'The Raven', by Edgar Allan Poe is one of the greatest in the language, and 'The Highwayman' ranks right up there with it. I realised that most introspective poetry disappeared over time, but the narratives never do. They are welded to our DNA, and will still be read in 100 years. Thus it was that I began to write narratives, and after a very short time realised that I had finally found my niche. 'Timepieces' with 57 poems was the first volume, swiftly followed by 'At Journey's End', 'The Demon Horse on the Carousel', and 'Poems of Myth and Scare'. Let me take you for a ride... David Lewis Paget< Less
At Journey's End By David Lewis Paget
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Come along on another mind-bending ride with the master of twisted verse, Australian Poet David Lewis Paget. In this continuation of his narrative collection, 'Timepieces', these further tales have... More > lost nothing of the impact of the first collection, and indeed, further explore Gothic, fantasy and humorous themes. Ideal reading for cold winter evenings in darkened rooms. This edition has been extended to 256 pages, 70 poems, and is now available in print form through Lulu for the first time. The author has been likened to Edgar Allan Poe, and with good reason. For a quick thrill or a dark chill, this is the book for you.< Less
The Demon Horse on the Carousel - and Other Gothic Delights By David Lewis Paget
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Historically, Gothic tales involved castles,dungeons, helpless maidens,cruel tyrants and dwarves of evil intent. The acknowledged supremo in this field was of course, Edgar Allan Poe. Surrounded all... More > his life by women dying of consumption, and coughing blood, it's not surprising that he was so fixated on death and horror. This book deals with similar horrors, fantasies and tall tales in a poetic medium. They are works of imagination, designed to entertain and keep you glued to the edge of your seat. Readers have claimed these works to be addictive, that once begun, you can't tear yourself away. The 69 poems in this book have been specially chosen to represent the best of this type of genre. If you have a weak heart, don't read them in dark rooms with creaking doors, or if you do, make sure you have ambulance cover.< Less
The Red Knight By David Lewis Paget
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The Red Knight - is a long poem of over 1600 lines, designed as a companion piece to the Morte D’Arthur sequence by Malory. More especially, it is an adjunct to ‘Sir Gawaine and the Green... More > Knight’, the anonymous manuscript which follows the Arthurian legend, while not being strictly part of it. The Red Knight was my opportunity to add to the myth in the same way, thus offering those readers who are partial to knight’s tales and chivalrous deeds an opportunity to immerse themselves once more in a favourite landscape. The Battle of Maldon - is a free modern translation of a manuscript remnant found in the Cotton library, which describes a battle between the Anglo-Saxon farmers under Beorhtnoth, the Duke of Northumbria, and a band of Vikings who burned Ipswich in 991 A.D. and later landed near the Blackwater River, demanding arm rings for tribute. The story is set in that of the old Germanic Heroic mould, where a man would fight and die for his lord, or be dishonoured.< Less
My China By David Lewis Paget
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The thirty four poems contained in this volume are reflective of what I observed in China between September 2005 and December 2006. Twenty three of them were written in China during that period, the... More > others after returning to Australia, and on reflection. The latter poems are fictional narratives, designed to entertain the reader. I wanted to collect them together in one edition so they could be read as a whole, rather than being interspersed with other poems not about China. I had no intention of passing any sort of judgement while writing these, neither blame nor praise. I was merely an observer, a 'Yang Wei', (foreign devil) from the west, taking my first look at the east, and liking what I found. The Chinese culture captured my heart, despite the poverty I could see around me. Their generosity overwhelmed me, their work ethic, their ability to enjoy life despite their poor conditions, and their artistic culture in art, dance and music was inspiring. Dedicated to my students and friends in Zhong guo.< Less
Tall Tales for Tired Times By David Lewis Paget
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Once again this teller of tales has assembled a collection, and what a collection! Included here is his 1,000th Poem entitled 'The Terror', a look back into childhood paranoia. But there is humour... More > here as well, and riveting scenes of horror that will make your hair stand on end, (if you have any left, which he doesn't). There are sixty-four different scenarios here that will keep your imagination titivated, and your heart perpetually halted in expectation of the worst that can happen, only to discover he has fooled you yet again. It is the twist in his endings that readers have come to love and anticipate, and the driving rhythms that force each story along to its eventual conclusion. Oh yes, this is poetry at its finest, rhyme, metre, all executed with a nonchalance that makes the reader smile in approbation. It would be advisable to read only one poem per night, but of course, you won't be able to, because once begun on that dark ride, you will find yourself pushing on inevitably to the end. Enjoy!< Less
The Season of the Witch By David Lewis Paget
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This book is a collection of 30 of the Gothic Narrative Tales of the supernatural. These spine-chilling tales are related in perfect rhyme and metre, by Australian Poet David Lewis Paget. These... More > tales, scattered throughout his works have finally been brought together under one cover for the first time. Each poem was especially chosen for this book, to give the volume some sort of thematic continuity. For a work of 128 pages, this book is crammed full of tales that will either chill, amuse, or raise the hair on the back of your neck. They deal with events outside normal experience, and the only quality you as a reader are asked to bring to the party, is the willing suspension of disbelief. The book has been designed to be inexpensive, and as an introduction to David's work for those who have not yet had the pleasure of exposure to his Poetry. After reading these, you will probably agree with the majority who have stated - 'This work is addictive!'< Less
Smugglers Pie By David Lewis Paget
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The leading poem in this collection of twenty two narrative poems won the 2013 Kernewek Lowender Poetry Prize in the Copper Triangle of South Australia. ‘Smugglers Pie’ was the poem, and... More > so many people requested a copy that it was decided to put it out in a small book, complemented with another twenty poems about the sea, in some manner or form. The Kernewek Lowender, for the uninitiated, is the Cornish Festival, held every two years to celebrate the area’s history of copper mining. The theme for this year’s competition was ‘Smugglers and other Sinners’. Each poem in this slight volume is rendered in strict rhyme and metre by South Australian poet David Lewis Paget, well known on writing sites around the internet for his Gothic Narrative Verse. This book would make a nice gift for anyone with a yen for sea stories.< Less