- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,136,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Darkness and Decadence: The Grumblings of a Gargoyle Paperback – 19 May 2015
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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
Top Customer Reviews
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
`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....
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.
A Tired Brow
The Path of Yesterday
No Salads for Sonya
Night on the Prowl
A worthy addition to anyone's poetry collection!
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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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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I don't usually read poetry, other than the odd poem that crosses my path, but having had several exchanges with the very witty Lynn Gerrard on both Facebook and Twitter, and... Read morePublished 6 months ago by MKT
Pulls on the heart strings one moment and then has you laughing sadistically the next. Captivating read, dark, funny and relatable.Published 9 months ago by mrs m forth
Poetry like it ought to be! Dark, funny, heartbreaking, and a glimpse of magic still to come! I read Lynn's words on Twitter, and they are a delight. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Sue
Lynn's first book was an excellent read, and only offers a small snapshot of her great talent. I am so looking forward to reading her second book, and all the other books I'm sure... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Maureen S. Baines
I don't read a great deal of poetry but I do enjoy Lynn Gerrard's occasional poems on Twitter. I noticed this collection was available in Kindle UnLimited so thought I'd try it. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Cathy Murray
I received my copy of Darkness and Decadence last week and it has now become a treasured volume on my bedside table. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Bargee
Buying your book was one of the best purchases i've made in 2015. That & discovering the benefits of M&S knickers. XxxPublished 15 months ago by Katherine McDermott
A sumptuously good read of gargoilian proportions, not to be overlooked. A book with a difference. Funny, heart rending and sometimes hysterically rude; Poetry exhumed for the new... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Ellen Best
I don't normally read poetry, preferring a lengthy tale to get my teeth into. However, I bought Darkness and Decadence after following The Grumbling Gargoyle' s antics on Twitter... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Shelley Wilson