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“Adam Bolivar emanates invocatory chants that summon us to dark worlds just the other side of the existential page. Go with him. If you don’t come back alive, you’ll 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 Jack’s 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. Bolivar’s 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 Bolivar’s 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 century’s 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 Bolivar’s 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 Bolivar’s 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 Yellow’d Reed. . .”

          —D. L. Myers

Come, take a journey with Jack as you read these extraordinary heroic ballads Bolivar has written with finesse. These tales will take you through haunting adventures involving eldritch mariners and Old Scratch. Come, take a seat in this rocking chair and let the Black Shepherd guide you through these macabre tales.

          —Ashley Dioses, Author of Diary of a Sorceress