Voodoo Excess – Rolling with the Stones by Jeremy Reed

December 9, 2015




Voodoo Excess

(Rolling with the Stones)

by Jeremy Reed

with an introduction by R J Dent


Voodoo Excess, Jeremy Reed’s latest collection, is a history of the Rolling Stones in verse, prose and prose-poetry.

In Voodoo Excess, Jeremy Reed chronicles the Stones’ progress from the early days at the Crawdaddy Club in 1962 to the fiftieth anniversary in 2012; he explicates Mick Jagger’s dance steps and his accent; he examines the Rolling Stones’ logo; and the different ways Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood angle their cigarettes; he describes the emotional impact of the Stones’ Hyde Park performance; he details the Redlands bust and the anti-establishment stance and attitude of the band; and he looks unflinchingly at the violence of Altamont and the inevitable death of the summer of love.

Voodoo Excess is far more than a Rolling Stones biography and it is far more than a collection of Rolling Stones-themed poems and prose-poems – what Jeremy Reed has achieved with Voodoo Excess is to provide an incredibly in-depth, up-close and intimate chronicle of the life and times of a group of musicians who have – for fifty years – collectively and individually continued to define the term ‘rock and roll rebels’.


Product details:

Title: Voodoo Excess

Author: Jeremy Reed

Format: Paperback

Pages: 224 pages

Publisher: Enitharmon Press

Published: 12 June 2015

ISBN-10: 1907587500

ISBN-13: 978-1907587504



INTRODUCTION: The Rolling Stones and Jeremy Reed (by R J Dent)







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Sade: Sex and Death – The Divine Marquis and the Surrealists (translated by R J Dent)

December 9, 2015



The Divine Marquis and the Surrealists

Edited by Candice Black

Translated into English by R J Dent



André Breton, Surrealist Manifesto (1924)


The Marquis de Sade (1740–1814), best known for his violent, erotic novels, such as 120 Days of Sodom and Justine, was also one of the key inspirational figures identified by André Breton in his Surrealist Manifestos. De Sade’s importance to the Surrealists and their close affiliates is reflected in the sheer volume of art and writing dedicated to, or inspired by, his life, philosophy, and writings. Sade documents this body of Surrealist work, including many key texts and bizarre and erotic images never before assembled in one volume.  Included in Sade: Sex and Death are more than fifty rarely seen transgressive illustrations by some of the most famous names associated with Surrealism, including Dalí, Hans Bellmer, Magritte, André Masson, and Man Ray. The book also features analytical texts by writers of the period such as Bataille, Breton, Bunuel, Eluard, and Klossowski.


Also included is the first-ever English translation (by R J Dent) of ‘The Divine Marquis’ by Guillaume Apollinaire, which was the first modernist appraisal of Sade and remains one of the best concise biographies of its subject, and “Sade and the Roman Noir” by scholar Maurice Heine, in which Heine posits Sade as inventor of the gothic novel. Putting the works in context is an extensive history by Candice Black that details the relationship between the Surrealists and Sade.


The Marquis de Sade was one of the key figures identified by André Breton in his Surrealist Manifestos as inspirational to the whole Surrealist movement. Sade’s importance to the Surrealists and their close affiliates is reflected in the sheer volume of their art and writing dedicated to, or inspired by, his life, philosophy and work.


Sade: Sex and Death documents this body of work, and features many key texts as well as a host of bizarre and erotic Surrealist images never before assembled in one volume.


Including texts, paintings, photography and drawings by: Guillaume Apollinaire, Georges Bataille, Hans Bellmer, André Breton, Luis Buñuel, Salvador Dalí, Robert Desnos , Paul Eluard, Max Ernst, Leonor Fini, Maurice Heine, Valentine Hugo, Pierre Klossowski, Felix Labisse, René Magritte, André Masson, Roberto Matta, Man Ray, Toyen, Clovis Trouille and others.




Sade and Surrealism: An Illustrated History – Candice Black

The Divine Marquis (Trans. R J Dent) – Guillaume Apollinaire

The Use Value of De Sade (Trans. Allan Stoekl) – Georges Bataille     

De Sade and the Gothic Novel (Trans. R J Dent) – Maurice Heine

A Destructive Philosophy – Pierre Klossowski

Notes on the Sadistic Imagination (Trans. R J Dent) – Andre Masson        

Sade: A Revolutionary Intelligence (Trans. R J Dent)  Paul Eluard



ISBN-13: 978-0-9820464-9-4

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Poetry Slam at Bookbuster (6pm-8pm) on Thursday 16th April 2015

April 5, 2015

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R J Dent will be attending the Sheer Poetry reading event at Bookbuster bookshop, Queen’s Road, Hastings on Thursday 16th April. The event features readings and poetry perormances by a number of renowned poets.

R J Dent will be reading from a selection of his English translations of major poets, including poems by Baudelaire, Alcaeus, Rollinat, Rimbaud, Ibycus and Sappho:


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R J Dent’s author profile in the Hastings Independent

March 21, 2015

R J Dent in the Hastings Independent

R J Dent’s author profile in the Hastings Independent.





R J Dent at the Bookbuster Poetry Slam – 19/02/15 – 6.30pm-8.30pm

February 23, 2015



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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Christopher Smart’s Jubilate Agno – Edited and Introduced by R J Dent

February 23, 2015


‘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.


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The Blood Delirium: The Vampire in 19th Century European Literature

February 23, 2015




‘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 – horror and fantasy tales by R J Dent

February 22, 2014

Gothiques & Fantastiques – a collection of horror and fantasy stories by R J Dent is now available in e-book format.

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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:



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Gothiques & Fantastiques – horror and fantasy tales

by R J Dent










BookBuster Launch Event – Hastings, Saturday 30th November 2013 – 12-7pm

November 17, 2013


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 novel, Myth, now in ebook format

October 13, 2013



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…



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