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Darkness and Decadence: The Grumblings of a Gargoyle Paperback – 19 May 2015

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  • Paperback: 52 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (19 May 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1512197963
  • ISBN-13: 978-1512197969
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Lynn Gerrard was born in St Helens, Merseyside where she now lives with her husband Michael and their 5 year old blind and boisterous Jack Russell, Ralph. A serial worrier, Lynn survives mainly on a strict diet of fingernails and chocolate and delights in using misery and mirth as her muse. Lynn found her studies in psychology, psychoanalysis, sociology and criminal law to be most useful in substantiating her obsession with the darker side of the human psyche and much of her writing reflects this. Mostly, Lynn’s interests lie in occult philosophy, mythology, parapsychology, archeology, egyptology, humour and pickled onions. As a keen activist for mental health awareness and having performed a stand-up comedy routine in aid of the ‘Stand Up To Stigma’ campaign, Lynn is in the process of writing a play. The aim of this is to fuse the comedy aspect with the reality behind the laughter, in the hope of helping reduce discrimination attached to mental health issues. This is Lynn’s first book in her poetry series for Wallace Publishing

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This was a book I saved to read whilst I had quiet time,expecting all dark and hard thoughts and really understand the poetry.
I am Sat in Starbucks having almost wet myself laughing several times and having to wipe off my make up which I haven't worn properly in 18 months!
Lynn Gerrard is a GENIUS. There were some totally pant pissingly funny poems and some reAl deeply emotional works, and the thing is we ALL know someone in the book through her words.
I cried through laughter and through heartache I laughed belly laughs and knowing smirks.
MORE please we need more of the inside of you OUTSIDE next book soon! Thank you so much
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After reading Lynn Gerrard's poems and musings on Twitter and her blog, I was really looking forward to this, her first published collection of poetry. Dark, funny and sad, covering the spectrum of emotions and always giving pause for thought, they are very cleverly written, witty, innovative and original.

`Going Home' is one of my favourites and actually brought me to tears. Another is `Oh, For Those Days' looking back at what was. An alternative lullaby, a depressed and glum Grim Reaper, the sadness of a house clearance of the remnants of someone's life and Filth, with a great twist at the end. Just to mention a few but they are all eloquent and expressive and all have something different to offer. A great collection which will be read again and again....
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What struck me first about Lynn Gerrard’s wonderful collection of poems ‘Darkness and Decadence’ is that it’s unlike anything I’ve seen before. So many contemporary poets just sound like different versions of each other, with their studied, self-consciously poetic language and desperate, gimmicky strivings after originality. Lynn Gerrard just tells it how it is, straight from the shoulder, without a hint of poetic posturing – and thus her poems are accessible to everyone. In many of them, she does what she has already become notorious for on social media – taking our deepest and darkest childhood nightmares and blasting them with her humour. One of my favourites is ‘An Appointment with Death’ where the Grim Reaper comes into the doctor’s surgery to pick up his anti-depressants. If Death can be seen as a ridiculous figure we all recognise, why should we fear him? Other poems, such as ‘How Quiet the Grave’, handle similar themes but always in a tone that, however macabre, is faintly tongue-in-cheek. God may not be able to redeem us, she seems to say (I don’t think she has much time for God) but humour can. Others poems, such as ‘The Lovers’, are wry comments on everyday life. Others are beautiful and poignant reflections on things we all share and recognise – relationships, separation, betrayal, creativity and the fragility of human love. Then there’s the hypocrisy of politics, religion and materialism – nothing escapes Lynn Gerrard’s pen. One of the most poignant – ‘A Dragon and a Gargoyle’ - mourns the popularity of the old storybooks that used to fire children’s imaginations. Despite the huge canvas, Lynn’s voice throughout is one of honesty, compassion and humanity as well as her irresistible humour. She also has a considerable talent for performing her own work – so far I’ve only seen her on YouTube but would love to see her live one day. I can thoroughly recommend this beautiful collection and can’t wait to see how her work, and her career, develop.
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By Terry Tyler TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 27 Jan. 2016
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Poetry is not my thing at all, but sharp humour of the dark type most certainly is, and I've enjoyed many of The Grumbling Gargoyle's observant verses on Twitter and her blog.

Some of the poems are heartrending, some harsh, some funny, always cutting straight to the point and never mincing words; the most valuable of any art form is that which dares to be honest, after all.

My favourites:

A Tired Brow
The Kid
The Path of Yesterday
Going Home
Closure
No Salads for Sonya
The Change
Night on the Prowl
The Window

A worthy addition to anyone's poetry collection!
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I have known the grumbling gargoyle for quite a while now on Twitter and have long been an admirer of her rather twisted and dark poetic musings. I think they appeal to me because they remind me rather a lot of what lies within my own tortured skull.

Think of the best Smiths lyrics, add a dash of Edgar Allan Poe and just a hint of Freddy Kruger and you will be approaching the feel of Lynn Gerrard’s dark poetry.

Each poem is a sideways glance at the darker side of life. Love, hate, birth, death and toilet paper are all studied under the microscope of twisted reality. You will laugh, you will cry. Occasionally you will want to be sick. What you will be made to do, is feel emotions of every kind. This book of dark poems is not for the faint-hearted. If you want soppy poems about flowers and flowing rivers, then you’re in the wrong place. This is poetry; red in tooth and claw. Undoubtedly brilliant!

Roses are red

Violets are blue

Buy this book now

Because a little darkness is good for you…
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A review of Lynn Gerrard's collection of darkly humorous poetry.

The poems here may be on the dark side, but they offer a beautiful variety. Some are long and lyrical. Others short and sharp. There's a wonderful use of rhyme and strong rhythms. Refreshing in an age when many poets wrinkle their nose at rhyme.

Gerrard's poems explore universal themes: love, loss, missed opportunity. They read well on the page, but they really shine when read aloud. So much musicality.

The video includes me reading "Monster's Lullaby", "Heart Attack", and "Going Home."

Whether the poems are supernatural in nature, humorous, or serious they all dig past the niceties and reveal the irony at the heart of human life--we are so afraid of death, yet we waste life.

Great collection.
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