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Reviewed by Erin Nicole Cochran for Readers' Favorite
William Wright Jr.’s The Slums of Nightfall reads like a modern version of a collection of works by Edgar Allan Poe, but not by any means in a cheap, knockoff sort of way. This is brilliance in words. If there ever was a book that made me feel like Edgar Allan Poe was still alive and with us today, it would be this book. Perhaps the author is even the reincarnation, we’ll never know for sure, but it is wonderful to think about. Although the poetry is dark, one might think it would start to become repetitive, but each poem has a way of treating depressive situations and turning these into something that is not monotonous by any means, but is new again to us. The poems immerse you, cover you up like a blanket, nearly hypnotic.
I fell in love with William Wright Jr.’s The Slums of Nightfall. I am a lover of Edgar Allan Poe, and of old poetry in general, so this really spoke to me. I have had bouts of depression and anxiety all my life, and the material in this collection applied to me in a lot of ways with the times that I have struggled in that deep, dark, black hole. I don’t say this to make light of the material in any way, because I know what it’s like. If I were to recommend someone to read this, or if you were perhaps looking for a gift for a friend for Halloween, as I said it has the Poe vibe, and any lover of Poe and Halloween would fall in love with this book.