I was honored to receive a 5-star rating from Realistic Poetry International on my horror poetry collection, Twisted Paths Poetry. The review can be found below:
The Blackness of the Night
What Goes On In The Dark, Stays In The Dark
From the beginning of time, it has been said that there is a war transpiring between good and evil. And as children, many of us are avidly warned against the atrocious creatures of evil and monstrous entities of the darkness, with some of us even questioning their very existence and relevance to our earth. Many of our upbringings taught us strict rules and methods that prepare and help us to steer clear of the maleficent dangers purposely provoked by hungry soul-seeking beings…but nothing can fully prepare you for malevolent tricksters like the demon master; a conniving devil from the poem entitled; The Story and Dance of the Demon Master.
This poem sheds light on the fiery hot secrets founded deep within the gloaming blackness of the underworld, where villains like, the demon master, work passionately to “create and devise little wise schemes” that help him conquer and overtake his ‘potential victims’. From a technical point of view, it is interesting how Ariana uses a first-person perspective to relay the thoughts of such a pure evil mind (intense!) with such realness and actuality – almost as if she takes on the dreadful personality herself! You learn rather quickly that, in this book, humans are nothing more than helpless pawns acting as players in a supernatural game of life and death; and it isn’t a game that allows any potential victim to decide their own fate either.
Indeed, it is completely engrossing! And if you have ever taken the light for granted, the riveting feeling generated from Ariana’s bone-chilling poetic mini thrillers are surely enough to have you pleading for the lights brilliant radiance, calling out to God and his angels for protection against threatening dark forces. Nevertheless, Ariana fiercely unleashes her mighty pen, exposing the forbidden revelations of these tormentous beings until the ink from her pen begins to drip relentlessly, expelling the inescapable curses with deeply embedded origins of the abyss.
The introduction to this collection entitled; ‘The Horror Writer’, wasn’t at all written in vain. In the blink of an eye, innocence and life are stolen by restless destroyers visiting earth, inflicting distress, peril, and severe calamity against human life, leaving nothing more than thick blankets of death to cover up the their abominable deeds.
Happiness, joy, and even a smile are like poison to these products of iniquity, for they await their prey in the enigmatic stillness of invisibility as keen masters of deception, just like the Lady at the Rustic Table. An elderly woman who has the ability to magically transform into an attractive maiden, seductively robbing young men of their youth. Well, we certainly understand where the ‘twists’ come into play; hence, the title, Twisted Paths Poetry.
Discerning a facade is one challenge, but what do you do when your adversary is invisible to the naked human eye, silently drifting along the colorless current of the wind, haunting you? The girl walking home in Ariana’s, Presence of Fear, almost affected by what seemed to only be the wind, was fortunate enough to escape the ‘transparent snare of terror’ trailing her every single step… but not every character in the book has this same luck.
In this compilation, Ariana’s writing is fluent, bold, and strikingly vigourous! Her ability to capture the thoughts, desires, and fantasies of the ‘wicked’ make her a skilled and powerful storyteller in the genre of horror, as she possesses the ability to entertain, deliver, and intrigue. For example, in her poem entitled; I Am The One, there is an entire story woven together through 3 poems. It depicts a young writer who dwells within the deep of a wild forest inside a white rustic white cottage.
In the midst of her thoughts, she is suddenly overwhelmed by the icily presence of a powerful wind which seems to be delivering a special message. The phrase “I am the one”, begins to manifest on the pages of the dark-haired writer’s notebook and then appears across the outside of the cottage! One simple phrase swiftly transforms into an unsolved mystery that inclines you to continue reading until you find out exactly what the words, “I am the one” truly means. Who is the one, we wonder?
To our surprise, the writers diary turns out to be the key to her well-kept secrets, which she’s concealed from the living for some time. Her diary turns out to be the chambers that confine and protect her sacrosanct confessions of secret conversations with the wind, and her hidden secret about the moon’s obeisance to her very footsteps. She had them hidden for so long – or so she thought, but we learn later towards the end of this tale that the writer is not alone, and her secrets aren’t really secrets; for “they” are with her. and she “is the one”.
In totality, Ariana’s poetry fulfills the expectations of what it truly means to be considered a real ‘horror’ writer! For she is an exceptional artist, literally and figuratively, and knows just how to use her creative assets to her advantage in the world of poetry and writing. Her ambitious will to be innovative and create new, fresh, original stories using her own signature style and technique clearly sets her apart from other authors. It’s quite easy to envision many of her ‘mini-poetry-stories’ evolving into classic films, as they are well-detailed and open doors to new horizons for the ‘dark side’ of poetry.
Without a doubt, Author Ariana Cherry’s rare eye for the unknown has given her the ability to see beyond the darkness and into the deep – Do you dare set foot on the crooked road to Twisted Paths Poetry?
We rate this book 5 Stars! Ariana, your creativity, imagination, and skill are impressive! Well done.