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The Macabre Modern and Other Morbidities

A collection of dark poetry and prose

Contains the Australian Shadows award-winning essay "The Danse Macabre" and "The Macabre Modern", third place long form in the 2020 Rhysling Awards.

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A contemporary re-envisioning of the medieval "The Dance of Death", written for the twenty-first century onward. Defy death with the doctor, mourn with the soldier, chuckle at the grotesque and the fallible, but remember - the last laugh will be on you! Includes the Australian Shadows award winner, "Revenants of the Antipodes".

"With each new work she produces, Kyla Lee Ward--who, like William Blake and Clark Ashton Smith, has chosen to illustrate her own work--makes clear why she should be regarded as one of the preeminent exemplars of contemporary weird poetry."
--S. T. Joshi, author I Am Providence, The Weird Tale, editor Supernatural Literature of the World: An Encyclopedia

"Kyla Lee Ward puts satisfying meat on the Gothic's bones. Her well-honed metrical and narrative skills, enhanced by a deep sense of history, make this collection a must for aficionados of literary dark verse."
--Ann K. Schwader, author In the Yaddith Time, Twisted in Dream: The Collected Weird Poetry, Dark Energies

"Have your absinthe glass and your favourite memento mori at hand as you savour this, her breathtaking new volume of vers fantastique."
--Leigh Blackmore, author Spores from Sharnoth and Other Madnesses, Horrors of Sherlock Holmes

Available now from P'rea Press.

The Land of Bad Dreams

a collection of dark and fantastic poetry

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Kyla Lee Ward is a darkly shining poetic talent of Australia. Her sweep is the scythe of dream. propels readers towards old and new vistas of pandemonium, whilst pendulums of age-old human fears and terrors swing creaking in the balance. Who dares fight them with her?

"In The Land of Bad Dreams, Kyla Ward offers up a rich, eccentric miscellany of dark music, skilfully crafted and strangely wrought." – Ann Schwader

"Traditional poetic meter and verse forms serve as vehicles for macabre themes that challenge their restraint in Ward's captivating collection of weird poetry... Fans of the supernatural who like poetry in the classic Romantic tradition will enjoy this collection." – Publishers Weekly, 14 May 2012.

"...a wordsmith in love with words. They are the music to which she sings, and she also dances to the melody with enthusiasm... The multiple contents contained in this P'rea Press compilation display the talents of a writer spreading her creative wings – and soaring." – Sheila M. Merritt, Hellnotes, 4 November 2011.

Available now from Prea Press.

The Torturer's Confession, as performed by the author.


a contagious thriller

co-authored with David Carroll and Evan Paliatseas. Edwina Grey is our pseudonym

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Aurealis Awards winnerJacqueline Cooper is a history student with a stalled thesis and a less than admirable past. When she and biologist Daniel O'Connor uncover what appears to be a hundred-year-old murder site, it might be the break she needs. But the cache contains medical records, detailing outbreaks of madness and violence dating back to 1789, and news of the discovery is quickly covered up. As deaths start multiplying, she starts putting the pieces together–a dangerous ambition. For Daniel O'Connor may not be what he seems, and there are parties who do not want the truth to come out. They want Sydney locked down, terrorised and starving... and what happens then will be far, far worse.

"Dark suspense is one description, so is contemporary thriller. Gripping despite my flu (not plague)." – Lucy Sussex, The Age, 9th July, 2006.

"Edwina Grey's debut novel, Prismatic, is a soft-touch tale that braids three narratives into a stylish, sometimes chilling whole ... Grey's novel blends engaging period milieus and sound characterisation with visionary touches reminiscent with J.G. Ballard's The Crystal World." – Terry Dowling, The Australian, 21st October, 2006

"The perfect horror novel in terms of pacing, content, and bangs for your buck. Go get infected today!" – Scary Minds, 2006

Read the first chapter here.