Compliments of the Season

Darkly Bright Press is a small, independent book publisher with a focus on Uncommon Literature & Liturgical Christianity. Inspired by Welsh writer Arthur Machen’s emphasis on ecstasy in literature, our mission is to curate and spotlight such works by past voices and provide a platform for new authors, poets and artists.

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Good October – In an essay rarely read since its first publication in 1889, Machen sings the virtues of the tenth month.

Hidden Skeletons

Darkly Bright Press is a small, independent book publisher with a focus on Uncommon Literature & Liturgical Christianity. Inspired by Welsh writer Arthur Machen’s emphasis on ecstasy in literature, our mission is to curate and spotlight such works by past voices and provide a platform for new authors, poets and artists.


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The Islington Mystery – A fine example of fact and fancy as Machen blends historical murder cases with a clever tale of invented crime.

A queer case was reported in the papers…

Darkly Bright Press is a small, independent book publisher with a focus on Uncommon Literature & Liturgical Christianity. Inspired by Welsh writer Arthur Machen’s emphasis on ecstasy in literature, our mission is to curate and spotlight such works by past voices and provide a platform for new authors, poets and artists.


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Machen on Crime & Detection – In a rare example of true crime writing, Machen examines the reliability of eyewitnesses during one of the most infamous murder trials in British history.

Poet Publishes Children’s Book

Darkly Bright Press is a small, independent book publisher with a focus on Uncommon Literature & Liturgical Christianity. Inspired by Welsh writer Arthur Machen’s emphasis on ecstasy in literature, our mission is to curate and spotlight such works by past voices and provide a platform for new authors, poets and artists.


Congratulations to Gaelan Gilbert, author of One Is Found First (Darkly Bright Press, 2018), for publishing a new children’s book with Ancient Faith Press: Laurel and the Wind. The book is beautifully illustrated by Ned Gannon.

Additionally, Gilbert will be contributing new poetry to an upcoming Anthology from Darkly Bright.

Now Available: Ordinary Time

Darkly Bright Press is a small, independent book publisher with a focus on Uncommon Literature & Liturgical Christianity. Inspired by Welsh writer Arthur Machen’s emphasis on ecstasy in literature, our mission is to curate and spotlight such works by past voices and provide a platform for new authors, poets and artists.


Ordinary-Time-Cover.jpgOrdinary Time by Phillip Neal Tippin

Phillip Tippin’s incarnational vision bursts into life through robust language, formal precision and vivid imagery. With luminous density, Ordinary Time contemplates how the natural world mirrors liturgical life through close attention to common grace. Echoing elements of Hopkins and Guite—but with a voice wholly his own—Tippin traces the thin line between heaven and earth.

—Heidi White, M.A.
Author and Managing Editor of FORMA Journal

Now available for purchase. 

Darkly Bright Press is humbled to publish Ordinary Time, the first volume of poetry by Phillip Neal Tippin. During a time of social chaos and cultural collapse, it is refreshing to discover a poet whose verse emerges from an ancient tradition. With an abiding love for the beauty of a personal God and His relationship with creation, Tippin’s poetry attests to the healing symmetry he finds in faith and nature.  For a sample of his work and a short interview, please visit his poet’s page.

Cover Illustration:
Rio Colorado. Oil on Canvas. 16” x 20”
© 2020 by Jeffery Sparks. All rights reserved.
www.jefferysparks.com

Ordinary Time to Be Published on August 6th

Ordinary-Time-CoverIn Phillip Tippin’s collection, the poet observes his surroundings and squeezes meaning out of rock and tree, water and dirt, and turns it into prayer. Spare scraps of image flit across the page, transforming the seemingly quotidian landscape of middle America into poetry. These are poems to sit with and to contemplate, divulging many layers and textures upon multiple returns.

Jeff Reimer
Author and Editor

Darkly Bright Press is humbled to publish Ordinary Time, the first volume of poetry by Phillip Neal Tippin. During a time of social chaos and cultural collapse, it is refreshing to discover a poet whose verse emerges from an ancient tradition. With an abiding love for the beauty of a personal God and His relationship with creation, Tippin’s poetry attests to the healing symmetry he finds in faith and nature.  For a sample of his work and a short interview, please visit his poet’s page.

Available August 6, 2020.

Cover Illustration:
Rio Colorado. Oil on Canvas. 16” x 20”

© 2020 by Jeffery Sparks. All rights reserved.
www.jefferysparks.com

Low Stock on Select Books

Darkly Bright Press is a small, independent book publisher with a focus on Uncommon Literature & Liturgical Christianity. Inspired by Welsh writer Arthur Machen’s emphasis on ecstasy in literature, our mission is to curate and spotlight such works by past voices and provide a platform for new authors, poets and artists.


Vanishing Copies

The stock of certain books from the Darkly Bright Catalog have fallen to low levels. Now would be the perfect opportunity for interested readers to nab a copy before they disappear. Once out of print, these items will not be available. Also, all orders for the below items will receive a second book as a bonus. (Publisher’s choice)

005  One Is Found First (Hardcover Edition) by Gaelan Gilbert

webcover.jpgThis handsome hardcover is numbered and signed by the poet. Out of a limited run of twenty-five copies, only six remain.


001  Brightly Dark: The Dreadful Ecstasy of Arthur Machen

If you’ve haven’t read Machen, this is an excellent book for the beginner, as it presents a sample of of the great Welsh writer’s fascinating oeuvre. Only two copies remain. Update: One Remaining Copy  Update: Now OUT of PRINT


Out of Print

008  Precession: A Circle of Poems from Africa by Joshua Alan Sturgill

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New Articles, Upcoming Book

Darkly Bright Press is a small, independent book publisher with a focus on Uncommon Literature & Liturgical Christianity. Inspired by Welsh writer Arthur Machen’s emphasis on ecstasy in literature, our mission is to curate and spotlight such works by past voices and provide a platform for new authors, poets and artists.


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MACHEN STUDIES:

Preface to The Ghost Ship – Writing scores of prefaces and forewords for other writers, Machen created an eccentric body of work both entertaining and insightful. We offer one of his best examples.

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We also present the title story to the above collection by Richard Middleton, a delightful tale of rural England and its otherworldly visitants.


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009  Ordinary Time by Phillip Neal Tippin


Phillip Tippin’s incarnational vision bursts into life through robust language, formal precision and vivid imagery. With luminous density, Ordinary Time contemplates how the natural world mirrors liturgical life through close attention to common grace. Echoing elements of Hopkins and Guite—but with a voice wholly his own—Tippin traces the thin line between heaven and earth.

—Heidi White, M.A.
Author and Managing Editor of FORMA Journal

Available for purchase August 2020. For a glimpse into Tippin’s poetic vision, visit his author page.

Cover Illustration:
Rio Colorado. Oil on Canvas. 16” x 20”
© 2020 by Jeffery Sparks. All rights reserved.
www.jefferysparks.com

Upcoming Publication

Darkly Bright Press is a small, independent book publisher with a focus on Uncommon Literature & Liturgical Christianity. Inspired by Welsh writer Arthur Machen’s emphasis on ecstasy in literature, our mission is to curate and spotlight such works by past voices and provide a platform for new authors, poets and artists.


Ordinary-Time-Cover.jpg

009  Ordinary Time by Phillip Neal Tippin


Phillip Tippin’s incarnational vision bursts into life through robust language, formal precision and vivid imagery. With luminous density, Ordinary Time contemplates how the natural world mirrors liturgical life through close attention to common grace. Echoing elements of Hopkins and Guite—but with a voice wholly his own—Tippin traces the thin line between heaven and earth.

—Heidi White, M.A.
Author and Managing Editor of FORMA Journal

Available for purchase August 2020. For a glimpse into Tippin’s poetic vision, visit his author page.

Cover Illustration:
Rio Colorado. Oil on Canvas. 16” x 20”
© 2020 by Jeffery Sparks. All rights reserved.
www.jefferysparks.com

Silent Water, Spoken Light

Darkly Bright Press is a small, independent book publisher with a focus on Uncommon Literature & Liturgical Christianity. Inspired by Welsh writer Arthur Machen’s emphasis on ecstasy in literature, our mission is to curate and spotlight such works by past voices and provide a platform for new authors, poets and artists.


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MACHEN STUDIES:

Text Comparison: The Iron Maid 1890 vs 1895Using this early short story, reminiscent of Poe, we compare two versions of the text to discover Machen maturing as a weaver of wonder and dread.  


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The Ancient Modern by Joshua Alan Sturgill:

Of particular interest, we recommend his latest poem Silent Water, Spoken Light.

Other recent works include:
Le Pays de l’Amour-Propre
Haunted by Virtue
Christopher
To Write A Poem Like Baudelaire
Terms of Venery for Solitary Birds
The Rabbit Creation Myth
Old Tom Has Some Work To Do

Also, now is the perfect time to catch up Sturgill’s epic Fairy Tale: Awake the World of Dreams, Part 1-5. The Conclusion draws nigh.


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Bensonia:

As a spiritual counterpoint to the “farrago of fraud and fancy” known Spiritualism, we offer Consolatrix Afflictorum, a short tale by R. H. Benson which explores a heavenly visitation.