This collection of interconnected prose poems by acclaimed fabulist Robin Spriggs defies easy classification. Equal parts grimoire, dream journal, adversaria, metafictional scripture, oracular revelation, and astral travelogue, Diary of a Gentleman Diabolist is a darkly seductive journey through the demon-haunted nether regions of magic, myth, and the poetic imagination.
“[Diary of a Gentleman Diabolist] is a rather ingenious little grimoire charting—in fractured, dreamlike form—the trip of a seeker, someone who dives head first into the fevered realms of black magic and beyond, encountering all manner of arcane horror and supernatural phenomena.”—Fangoria
“Lush, evocative, and darkly delightful.”—Jonathan Maberry, New York Times best-selling and multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning author
“Diary of a Gentleman Diabolist is a compelling exhibition of the disquieting and perverse. Spriggs has scribed a masterful occult grimoire for this Brave New World, and perhaps the one after—a dark and bloody anti-gospel.”—Laird Barron, recipient of the Shirley Jackson Award, author of The Croning and Occultation
“Robin Spriggs’s Diary of a Gentleman Diabolist is a volume to be read judiciously, the way one sorts through a trunk discovered in a sinister attic. Do so, and you will store up sufficient material for thought, wonder, and reverie to last for years.”—Fred Chappell, recipient of the T. S. Eliot Prize, the Bollingen Prize in Poetry, and the Prix de Meilleur des Livres Etrangers
“I wholeheartedly recommend this little book filled with wonder.”—Famous Monsters of Filmland
“Scary, outrageous, blackly humorous and wildly entertaining, these prose poems are sharp and wicked as a sorcerer’s dagger. The genius of these poems is the unsettling mixture of emotions each piece evokes, dwelling as they do in a strange nether-region of the psyche. As a whole, the collection reads like a strangely sane madman’s grimoire, notes on a bizarre universe that is eminently recognizable yet completely alien. Diary of a Gentleman Diabolist keeps the reader pleasantly off-balance and entirely engaged from first page to last.”—J. L. Comeau’s Tomb of Dark Delights
“Diary of a Gentleman Diabolist is a twisted piece of work that evokes the full spectrum of emotions in the reader. Robin Spriggs skillfully leads you along a path that is often not taken—perhaps for good reason, as it is a dangerous one to tread. But there is no need to fear with Mr. Spriggs as your leader. This eloquently written and devilishly charming book surprised me again and again, as I absorbed each poem and contemplated what they meant to me. When I got to the end, I wanted to read it again . . . and I did.”—She Never Slept