My latest dark poetry collection NO MERCY (Crystal Lake Publishing, June 2017) reviewed by Judi Comeau at The Tomb of Dark Delight: "Bram Stoker Award winning author Alessandro Manzetti’s most recent poetry collection is centered upon in the famous—and infamous—hard-drinking, hard-drugging blues legend Janis Joplin. Joplin, who lived a short, incandescent life that is incandescently recalled here in searing language that brings to life the sadness and brilliance of a sad and tortured soul whose ragged moans of pain and anger became the centerpiece of a generation. This collection is more than a tribute to Joplin, however, it is a dark tribute to the blues in all of its forms, from the alleyways and gin joints to the blues-like artist’s life led by Frida Kahlo, who famously said, “I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best.” These are dark poems of longing and dark desires that read like a Miles Davis riff and conjure deep notes of alienation and portent. Joan of Arc’s death by fire is on May 30, 1431 is described in molten horror in “The Maiden”, and the lost child, Janis Joplin, is brought back to furious life in “The Resurrection of the Pearl.” Take a ride on “The Ghost Subway”, where the drunken and the lost travel eternally, or join the madness of the last man in a lost city, or perhaps a lost world in “Apocalyptic Mass.” Surrealism meets horror in this eclectic and absorbing collection of dark imagery"
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Online at Always Trust in Books blog the review of my new poetry collection NO MERCY (Crystal Lake Publishing, June 2017).
Excerpt from the review: (...) Manzetti is true to his word; these poems are incredibly dark! No Mercy is a remarkable read. Inspired by Janis Joplin, her life and death, as well as a collection of varied and haunting stories. I was taken aback by the emotions that AM invokes with these twisted tales. The imagery that AM conjures up with his expertly written pieces was superb. Superbly disturbing. This poetry is not for the faint hearted, it is hair raising, filled with stories of death, cannibalism, suicide and damnation. AM’s work appeals to the darker, more macabre side of our psyches. No Mercy distorts tragedies of everyday life and AM’s delivery ensures that they stay with you for a long time. (...) Overall I have given No Mercy 5/5 stars as it was a scary, heart racing read that reminded me of the power of poetry. Stripping down the narrative and focusing on visceral and irrational moments of humanity. I recommend No Mercy to all those readers who want to experience a darker shade of fiction.
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Received today my contributor's copy of the June Issue of Disturbed Digest, edited by Tyree Campbell containing my story Kozmic Blues.
My new dark poems collection NO MERCY (Crystal Lake Publishing, June 2017) reviewed at Grim Reader Reviews. Excerpt from the review: (...) Manzetti’s work isn’t for the faint of heart. It is bleak, grim, but often beautiful reading. With this, his latest collection, Manzetti often incorporates a musical theme that weaves its way through some of the collection’s best poems. Janis Joplin and Miles Davis both featured in verses that contain strong imagery. It is at times confronting and others much more subtle. (...)
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Another 5/5 Review for my new poetry collection NO MERCY (Crystal Lake Publishing), at Cedar Hollow Horror Reviews:
Excertp from the review:
(...) Alessandro Manzetti grabs you and there is no escape. This collection is raw and gritty. I felt like I needed a shower after reading these poems.
(...) Alessandro Manzetti uses anger and sadness to convey his poems. He assaults you with his verses, which read like lyrics from a late 60's album. His verses are powerfully evocative.
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My new dark poetry collection NO MERCY (Crystal Lake Publishing) reviewed by Brian James Lewis at Damaged Skull Writer.
Excerpt of the review:
(...) This is dark horror poetry at its most intense and elaborate! Taking this poetic journey with Alessandro Mazetti, readers will surely recognize some names, things, and activities. But you will not know it all and that is good. NO MERCY truly offers no mercy! It is an unstoppable flood of images flickering past the readers’ startled eyes at warp speed. A frightening intensity set upon you like an attack of piranhas. I urge you to plunge your head into this waterfall and see what terrifying wonders await you! A magical technicolor nightmare, if you will. Perhaps my words be too flowery, but I am struck dumb for mere words to explain what I saw in this collection of poems. NO MERCY brings to mind the first time that I read William Burroughs’ Naked Lunch. It’s like taking an acid trip without actually dropping any acid! I don’t know about you, but I really like that feeling of being both frightened and yet laughing at the depravity. When you are done reading, the “real” world will seem so terribly normal and boring. (...)
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New Release: The Garden of Delight from Comet Press.
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in Italiano: Disponibile da Dicembre 2016: Carne Cruda di Richard Laymon e Caleb Battiago (Cut Up Publishing), Acquista su Amazon
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Dicembre 2017 - SAMSARA - Independent Legions Publishing
Maggio 2018: MESSA NERA - con Paolo Di Orazio - Independent Legions Publishing
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In English: Coming out in June 2017: Year's Best Hardcore Horror Volume 2 from Comet Press. It contains my story 'Kozmic Blues'
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