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Adele Gardner (they/them, Mx.) is a fiction writer
& award-winning poet with a poetry collection, Halloween
Hearts, from Jackanapes Press and over 475 stories, poems,
art, and articles in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Clarkesworld,
Strange Horizons, PodCastle, Daily Science Fiction, and more.
A pro member of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association
and the Horror Writers Association, a life member of the Science
Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association and the Poetry Society
of Virginia, and a graduate of the Clarion West Writers Workshop,
this genderfluid, pan night owl loves libraries, samurai films,
and reading comics with cats. Adele serves as literary executor
for father, mentor, and namesake Delbert R. Gardner and as cochair
of the 2022 Dwarf Stars Award with Greer Woodward: https://sfpoetry.com/ds/22dwarfstars.html
Halloween Hearts: Poetry by Adele Gardner
Adele Gardner’s Halloween Hearts
is a welcome celebration of all things Halloween, whether they
take place on October 31st or not. Disciples of All Hallows’
Eve, enter of your own free will . . . haunted houses, trick-or-treaters,
vampires, demonic foxes, witches and their familiars, revenants
both longed-for and uninvited, and the creeping mists of autumn
all have their place in these pages.
Ray Bradbury and Edgar Allan Poe—icons of the American
imagination, pilgrims of the nightside territories of the mind—have
a special place in Gardner’s works. The poetry in this volume
is inspired by much of what makes each of these authors special
to so many readers: Poe’s sensitivity to loss and melancholia,
and to horror and terror, and Bradbury’s enthusiastic embrace
of Halloween and other dark aspects of Americana, along with his
refusal to allow death to be the final word in our relationship
with our loved ones. With “Eureka,” “Nevermore,”
“Poe’s Prophets,” and other poems, Gardner explores
Poe’s hallowed place in our haunted hearts. And in the title
poem, which opens the book, Gardner lovingly celebrates Ray Bradbury
and his unique alchemy of nostalgia, dread, and Halloween eternal.
“. . . this book has been a long time coming, with its
black cats and witches, ghosts and the grave, vampires and writers
that haunt the night. Whether their subjects are traditional to
Halloween or on tangential themes, all these poems are Halloween
to me—that season so melancholy and elegiac, yet also fierce,
with shining teeth, pointy grins, and a cat’s fang-filled
mischief.” —Adele Gardner, from the introduction
“Adele Gardner’s Halloween Hearts presents
a kaleidoscopic pageant of delightful October imagery. Haunted
by the wistful ghost of childhood past, and paraded through by
a midnight processional of witches and black cats, these pages
provide a fine evening of autumnal entertainment. Like the many
twinkling branches of Bradbury’s Halloween Tree, every pumpkin
here has a smile, and every page has a grin—yours.”
—K. A. Opperman, author of Past the Glad and Sunlit
Season: Poems for Halloween
Learn more at https://www.jackanapespress.com/product/halloween-hearts
R. Gardner and Adele.