Carpe Noctem

Carpe Noctem-"seize the night," in modern mundane parlance-is the latest collection of speculative horror poetry from Robert Borski, the Blood Wallah of weird verse. Death may be, in his words, "the ultimate expression of starless skies" ? but Death's skeletal manifestation also includes a plethora of funny bones, "waving more arms than are really there," as amply demonstrated here. Drawing on an impressively ecletic body of experience from a lifetime's interests, Borski retools classics spanning from Frankenstein to Nightmare on Elm Street, the miracles and deficiencies of modern science and medicine as well as science fiction tropes into sleek, finely tuned monstrous engines of fascination.