"Alessandro Manzetti’s “Whitechapel Rhapsody” is a red trance of divine and malefic beauty. His poems, brilliant with imagery and nightmare, are exquisite traumas beguiling the five senses. Depravity was never so lyrical, its dread so ravishing."
--Richard Christian Matheson, author of 'Zoopraxis' and 'Scars'
“Manzetti gives exquisite voice, not just to the devil in a top hat, but also to the streets where sin thrives within greedy and lustful inhabitants. In this master poet’s hands, red becomes a revealing refrain for false healers, ink for letters and framing for the maddening dissections of each victim, named in their own poem, along with the fated address. Cardoselli’s haunting art spotlights the murdered/er’s shadows.”
--Linda D. Addison, multi-award winning author of “How to Recognize a Demon Has Become Your Friend” and HWA Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.
"Surreal, potent, incisive, inventive, intelligent, brutal, and literally bloody good poetry from one of today’s leading dark poets. The Ripper’s world and his mania come alive in these pages. Jack is definitely back!"
--Bruce Boston, Multiple time Bram Stoker Award-winning author of 'Dark Matters' and 'Artifacts'.
"Gritty, sensuous and powerfully visceral, in WHITECHAPEL RHAPSODY, acclaimed author of dark poetry Alessandro Manzetti leads the reader on a nightmare journey through the Ripper’s hunting grounds, the impoverished, crime-ridden slums of London’s East End. In these labyrinthine alleyways — the fetid tenements and reeking brothels where 'Madam Syphilis walks on tiptoe' — there are a hundred wretched ways to die, but none more grisly than bleeding out beneath the Ripper’s blade.
In many of the poems, Manzetti explores the desperate circumstances of the streetwalkers who fell victim to Jack’s implacable razor, those whose 'only friends are alleys, the Thames, and its rats with human thoughts.' In others he adopts the point of view of the madman, who gifts an investigator from the Whitechapel Vigilance Committee with the kidney of a butchered prostitute, daring him to 'bring it close to your ear, like a shell and you can feel the sea of Hell.'
Surely the ‘sea of Hell' in which the Ripper acted out his erotic mania was never rendered with such seductive horror as Manzetti’s richly lyrical and boldly graphic poetry."
--Lucy Taylor, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of 'The Safety of Unknown Cities' and 'Spree and Other Stories'
"Whitechapel Rhapsody is an assault on the five senses, transporting readers back in time to London’s seedy East End. Alessandro Manzetti creates horrific images drenched in blood using masterfully crafted prose and perfect timing. You can feel the dampness of the night, smell the sweat, decay, and death, and hear the footsteps of the legendary Jack the Ripper on the cobblestone streets behind you. This book will have you sleeping with the lights on. A must for every lover of dark poetry."
‒Owl Goingback, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of 'Crota' and 'Coyote Rage'
"Alessandro Manzetti, Italy’s gift to horror, ups his game with his new collection Whitechapel Rhapsody. The streets Manzetti walks are mean, dripping with corruption and death and just behind him following closely is Jack the Ripper of Whitechapel. The poems speak in the voices of victims, bystanders and the Ripper himself who views his work as macabre art. 'Now I have carved you in my mind/like a Rembrandt’s portrait; you will be beautiful for ever, as good as new.' Jack proclaims himself like a god or royalty of death who has preserved for ages: 'I am the Dark King/who wrote stories on the fallopian tubes of the Bastille, on cathedrals of flesh and/subway benches painted with blasphemies.' This volume is not safe, secure or kind. It does not celebrate Jack the Ripper but rather flushes out the corruption of his soul and the pure evil he represents. 5 stars."
--David E. Cowen, Bram Stoker Nominated Author of 'Bleeding Saffron'
“A brutal ripper of a collection from multi-award-winning poet Alessandro Manzetti, a ‘master of bones and knives’, whose poems are ‘pustules of morbid memories’ both as ‘fast as razors and slow as cancer’. Whitechapel Rhapsody will eviscerate you.”
‒ Lee Murray, three-time Bram Stoker Award®-nominee, and author of 'Grotesque: Monster Stories'
Whitechapel Rhapsody by Alessandro Manzetti, Independent Legions 2020, Cover art by Wendy Saber Core, interior illustrations by Stefano Cardoselli. Available, printed and digital, at Amazon
Synopsis: From Two-Time Bram Stoker Award-winning autor Alessandro Manzetti 26 new poems telling in a new way the story of Jack the Ripper, between the alleys and shadows of Whitechapel district in East London during the Victorian Era. Did the Ripper consider himself an artist? Maybe his victims were still life sculptures? Discover the dark vision of the best know serial killer through this modern rhapsody playing the bloody melody of the canonical five victims and the life in Whitechapel slums. Jack is Back!
Ellen Datlow's The Best Horror of the Year Volume 12: Honorable Mention to 'The Place of Broken Things'
My dark poetry collection THE PLACE OF BROKEN THINGS, written in collaboration wih Linda D. Addison, has won the 2019 Bram Stoker Awards.
My poetry collection WAR (Crystal Lake Publishing), written in collaboration with Marge Simon, has won the 2019 SFPA Elgin Award.
Ultime Uscite (ITA)
Disponibile sullo Store Independent Legions la mia nuova raccolta di poesie dark Rapsodia Whitechapel.
Kiki: Sonagachi Pulp - Graphic Novel (opera esaurita in prevendita)
Disponibile sullo Store Independent Legions la graphic novel L'ORRORE A RED HOOK, da me sceneggiata, e illustrata da Stefano Cardoselli
Disponibile sullo Store Independent Legions la nuova edizione ampliata (Extended Edition) del breve romanzo KIKI THE BEGINNING,
Disponibile in libreria e su Amazon, per Cut Up Pubishing, il nuovo romanzo dark thriller IL CUSTODE DI CHERNOBYL
Disponibile sullo Store dell'editore e su Amazon (in digitale) la Graphic Novel CALCUTTA HORROR, tratta da un racconto di Poppy Z. Brite, scritta e sceneggiata da me, illustrata da Stefano Cardoselli.
Latest Releases (ENG)
For sale at Amazon my new short story collection in English THE RADIOACTIVE BRIDE (Necro Publications)
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Released by Omnium Gatherum my new dark thriller/Sci-Fi novella in English THE KEEPER OF CHERNOBYL. The book is for sale at Amazon
Released by Crystal Lake Publishing my new dark poetry collection THE PLACE OF BROKEN THINGS, written in collaborations with Linda D. Addison. Available at Amazon
Opere in uscita preordinabili (ITA)
Preordinabile a prezzo speciale, sullo Store Independent Legions, il mio nuovo saggio HORROR GURU - Guida Essenziale alla Letteratura Moderna e Contemporanea (Dicembre 2020)
Preordinabile sullo Store Independent Legions la Graphic Novel L'ABITATORE DEL LAGO, in uscita a Dicembre 2020
Preordinabile sullo Store Independent Legions la mia novella VESSEL - TERRA SANTA PULP, in uscita a Dicembre 2020.
Preordinabile sullo Store Independent Legions la graphic novel KIND OF RED, in uscita a Febbraio 2021
Preordinabile sullo Store Independent Legions il romanzo NARAKA 2, sequel diretto di Naraka, in uscita nel 2021
Preordinabile sullo Store Independent Legions la raccolta di racconti SEXUS (In the Mirror) illustrata da Barbara Monacelli
Latest Reviews (in English)
NARAKA Bizzarre Video Review by B.L.U.R.B.
Ultime Recensioni (Italiano)
David Cowen interviewed Linda D. Addison and me, on Horror Writers Association Website, about our collab poetry collection The Place of Broken Things.
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