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Release date: 5 October 2017
Adam Bolivar emanates invocatory chants that summon us to dark worlds just the other side of the existential page. Go with him. If you dont come back alive, youll at least be somewhere quite interesting indeed.
—John Shirley, Screenwriter of The Crow
A thoroughly different look at the Appalachian take on English folktales, The Lay of Old Hex meanders through fantasy literature from nursery rhymes to Stephen King. Always interesting and intelligent, and occasionally brilliantly effective.
—David Drake, Author of Old Nathan
Adam Bolivar offers a unique blend of folktale, fantasy, and pure cosmic horror in this well-crafted collection. Musical yet accessible, the traditional ballad is ideal for story-telling. As Jacks generations roll by, readers will find themselves taken with—and by— these tricksters of the silver key. High entertainment for any fan of the fantastic!
—Ann K. Schwader
The spectral balladry of Adam Bolivar is a refreshing adaptation of the ballads of Sir Walter Scott, Thomas Moore, and other Romantic poets who found in them an ideal vehicle for the powerful expression of weird moods and imagery. Bolivars flawless metre and smooth-flowing stanzas create a sense of cumulative terror and strangeness easily rivaling the best work of contemporary weird fiction writers.
—S. T. Joshi
To read the work of Adam Bolivar is to enter an enchanted realm of pure poetry, where skill is combined with a brilliant imagination. Superb!
—W. H. Pugmire
Adam Bolivars book, The Lay of Old Hex, is a stunning achievement. Bolivar writes what at first glance appear to be traditional supernatural ballads adhering to an archaic formalism. But they are in fact fully modern, 21st century works, moving far beyond the constraints of the last centurys almost universal free verse ethic to create wondrous visions of Gothic weirdness using every tool available to a contemporary poet, including rhyme, meter, alliteration, metaphor, allegory, musicality, mythology, and the rich and quirky historical traditions of Appalachian and Scottish balladry. Bolivar seems to have been born to resurrect the ballad as a vital force in weird literature. He comes to this task as a fully developed practitioner of his unique art. The poems are flawlessly executed, remarkably engaging, and endlessly delightful. He will be imitated, but not equaled.
—David Barker, Author (with W. H. Pugmire) of The Revenant of Rebecca Pascal and In the Gulfs of Dream and Other Lovecraftian Tales
Adam Bolivars work represents a deft fusion of echoes from folk tale and nursery rhyme with old legendry and hoary mystery. In his use of balladry, a form to which we are largely unaccustomed in this day and age, he has singlehandedly forged a resurgence of the form. The Lay of Old Hex, with its mixture and interweaving of poetry and prose, and its interconnected episodes, will intrigue and delight all who appreciate the weird and wonderful in poesy.
—Leigh Blackmore, Author, Spores from Sharnoth and Other Madnesses
Adam Bolivars ballads are doorways to worlds of light and darkness steeped in tradition and folklore and yet infused with a freshness and life all their own. To read his work is to journey to realms where the sunlight ever lies in pools of honey, Old Scratch lurks in every shadow and dreams and nightmares walk the ways of Ye Yellowd Reed. . .
—D. L. Myers