R J Dent’s author profile in the Hastings Independent.
Poet, novelist, translator and essayist, R J Dent, took part in the BookBuster Poetry Slam on 19th February 2015.
The event took place at BookBuster book shop, Queen’s Road, Hastings.
R J Dent read a selection of poems from his collection, Moonstone Silhouettes:
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‘There is no poem in English poetry that serves as a precursor to Jubilate Agno.‘ (Jeremy Reed)
After many years, Christopher Smart’s bold, eccentric, powerful and moving epic poem Jubilate Agno is finally available to readers in a brand new, accessible edition.
Jubilate Agno is a vast free-form poem written between 1759 and 1763, during Smart’s confinement for insanity in St. Luke’s Hospital, Bethnal Green, London. The poem was first published in 1939, under the title Rejoice in the Lamb: A Song from Bedlam, edited by W. F. Stead from Smart’s manuscript, which Stead had discovered in a private library.
Jubilate Agno is an important example of eighteenth-century free verse that has been unavailable to readers of poetry for many years. It is an obvious precursor to T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land and to Allan Ginsberg’s Howl.
This brand new edition of Christopher Smart’s Jubilate Agno is edited and introduced by R J Dent.
Jubilate Agno is available from Amazon.co.uk:
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Details of R J Dents novels, short stories, poems, essays and translations can be found at www.rjdent.com
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‘R J Dent’s translations are fresh with an exciting raw sexual edge…’ (Candice Black)
The Blood Delirium is a definitive collection of 19th century European literature in which the vampire or vampirism – both embodied and atmospheric – is featured or evoked. Twenty-three seminal works by classic European authors, covering the whole of that delirious period from Gothic and Romantic, through Symbolism and Decadence to proto-Surrealism and beyond, in a single volume charged with sex, blood and horror.
The Blood Delirium contains a detailed introduction (by editor Candice Black) which not only examines these texts and their meaning, but which also charts the literary and cultural climate in which the new cult of the vampire was allowed to flourish.
The Blood Delirium includes texts by Bram Stoker, J. Sheridan Le Fanu, Oscar Wilde, J.M. Rymer, Charles Baudelaire, Le Comte de Lautréamont, Paul Féval, Maurice Rollinat, Guy de Maupassant, Count Stenbock, Jean Lorrain, Théophile Gautier, Charles Nodier, John Polidori, J.K. Huysmans, Charlotte Brontë, Ivan Turgenev, Jan Neruda, Augustus Hare, Cyprien Berard and Léon Bloy.
Several of the texts in The Blood Delirium are translated by R J Dent into English for the very first time, including those by Cyprien Bérard, Paul Féval, and Maurice Rollinat.
The Blood Delirium is the definitive collection for literate vampire-lovers.
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Gothiques & Fantastiques – a collection of horror and fantasy stories by R J Dent is now available in e-book format.
Gothiques & Fantastiques collects together many of R J Dent’s terrifying short stories, including the much-anthologised ‘The Day Mr. Green Died’, the paranoia-laden, ‘Escape’, and the bleak, nihilistic fantasy tale, ‘Relativity and the Lobster’.
First in a series of story collections by R J Dent, Gothiques & Fantastiques is essential reading for every horror, fantasy and gothic aficionado.
Other books by R J Dent, including his horror/fantasy novel, Myth, and his translation of Lautréamont’s The Songs of Maldoror and Baudelaire’s The Flowers of Evil, are available from:
Gothiques & Fantastiques – horror and fantasy tales
by R J Dent
Saturday, November 30, 2013 – 12:00pm until 7:00pm
To mark the official opening of BookBuster bookshop in Queen’s Road, Hastings, proprietor Tim Barton is hosting an event-filled launch on Saturday, November 30th, from 12 noon – 7pm.
R J Dent’s horror/fantasy novel Myth is now available in e-book format and can be downloaded onto your Kindle for £2.05 (for a limited time).
It’s just a myth…
The Greek island is beautiful and the holiday idyllic… until James Barratt and his girlfriend Penny Ward are told about the chimera, a savage creature that should only exist in Greek mythology, but somehow is still alive in the foothills of the island.
It’s just a myth…
Sceptical, but curious, they set off for the hills, where they come face to face with a monstrous secret and find themselves in a desperate fight for survival against an enemy of inconceivable ferocity – an unholy trinity with multiple hearts of darkness that will not stop until they are both destroyed.
It’s just a myth… but they’ve forgotten that every myth is based on a terrible truth.
‘a cross between An American Werewolf in London and Clive Barker’s Nightbreed…’ (Amazon review)
R J Dent’s Myth is a dark horror/fantasy novel, set on a Greek island. It tells the story of a holidaying couple who hear about the chimera, a strange mythical creature that lives in the hills. They set off with a guide up into the hills to see the chimera for themselves – and the nightmare starts…
R J Dent will be available to answer questions and to discuss and sign books at the Books Born in Hastings Book Fair at 10.30am-3pm on Saturday 12th October 2013…
R J Dent is a poet, novelist, translator, essayist, researcher and creative writing teacher. His latest book is a translation of the ancient Greek poems and fragments of Alcaeus.
He has also translated Charles Baudelaire’s The Flowers of Evil and Lautreamont’s The Songs of Maldoror into English.
R J Dent is the author of a novel, Myth:
and a novella, Deliverance:
R J Dent has also published Moonstone Silhouettes, a collection of poems:
R J Dent’s official website is:
Two signed and dated copies of the Poems & Fragments of Alcaeus (Translated by R J Dent) are now available in the bookshop at the historic site of Pompeii in Italy.
R J Dent visited the historic site in July 2013 and signed copies of Alcaeus: Poems & Fragments for customers in the bookshop.
According to staff, only two of the signed copies are still available.
R J Dent visited Pompeii bookshop during part of his Italian tour, which included Sorrento, Pompeii, Herculaneum, Mount Vesuvius, and Naples.
More information on R J Dent’s bookshop signings, book tours, publications and current projects is available at http://www.rjdent.com
Copies of the Poems & Fragments of Alcaeus, translated into English by the poet and novelist R J Dent, and published by Circaidy Gregory Press, are now available to buy from Atlantis Books in Santorini.
Atlantis Books is a truly amazing bookshop. It’s on the Main Marble Road in Oia, Santorini.
Inside, Atlantis Books is a bilbiophile’s treasure-trove.
Alcaeus’s Poems & Fragments has managed to make its way across the world and onto a shelf of Greek poetry in Atlantis Books. It’s almost as though Alcaeus has gone home.
Here’s Alcaeus alongside Philip Sherrard, Dionysios Solōmos, Arthur Machen, and other distinguished Greek and Anglo-Greek authors and scholars.
Atlantis Books in Oia, Santorini, is one of the bibliophile wonders of the world. There is no other bookshop quite like it.
It’s fitting that Alcaeus: Poems & Fragments is now available to lovers of Greek poetry and Greek literature – on a Greek island as beautiful as Santorini, and in a bookshop as unique as Atlantis Books.
Alcaeus: Poems & Fragments, translated into English by R J Dent.
Circaidy Gregory Press, Hastings, Sussex, UK.
Atlantis Books, Main Marble Road, Oia, Santorini. Cyclades, Greece.
R J Dent.