Yellow Bat Press | Poetry Chapbooks

No Signs of Letting Up is a mini-collection of 7 poems by one of America's most remarkable poets, Lyn Lifshin. The collection was originally published by Yellow Bat Press in the summer of 2004 as part of the now-closed Yellow Bat Review Online section of the web site.

Poems included: "Red Sky in the Morning," "After the House of Ghosts," "After the News," "After She Saw the Children Hacked Before Her," "I Don't Want to Remember This," "Someone Will Rake Up the Roses" and "Hiroshima." Cover Art from

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Yellow Bat Press has also published the following print collections of free verse:

Letting in the Dark by Denise Dumars (2003), 28 pp., $3 (ISBN 0-9718215-5-0)

Don't miss this superb new collection by one of the outstanding figures in genre poetry. All previously unpublished work. Denise Dumars stands waiting for you at the doorway to you dare to join her? Front and back cover art by Matthew Snead. AVAILABLE NOW

"When Denise Dumars brings the dark, greedily throw open the doors to her inky cataract of virgin blood, lecherous loa, and decaying worlds. As sure as death taints the flesh over a lifetime, Dumars exposes the darkness you thought was safely hidden in the pocket closest to your heart." —Maria Alexander, coauthor of Biting Midnight

The Body's Last Days by John Grey (2003), 32 pp., $3 (ISBN 0-9718215-1-8)

This book is a collection of reprints from one of the darkest shadows in contemporary horror poetry. It includes classic poems from numerous small press magazines, such as Edgar, frisson, Dreams and Nightmares, Star*Line and our own Yellow Bat Review. Front and back cover art by Matthew Snead. AVAILABLE NOW

"One of the few writers of poetry that I would call a 'master' of horror...I've been reading this poet for years and this collection really strikes me as his least subtle, most horrifying, body of work..." —Michael A. Arnzen, The Goreletter

The Spiderweb Tree by Mark McLaughlin (2003), 31 pp., $3 (ISBN 0-9718215-6-9)

Mark McLaughlin transforms into the Brother Grim for this dark and satirical spin on traditional fables and legends. All previously unpublished material. Front and back cover art by the author. AVAILABLE NOW

"THE SPIDERWEB TREE is by turns hilarious, surreal, and poignant. Mark McLaughlin's take on a handful of classic fairy tales is, to my mind, one of the best things he's written to date... I loved this chapbook from cover to cover, and I recommend it highly..." —Matt Cardin, author of Divinations of the Deep

Your Handy Office Guide to Corporate Monsters by Mark McLaughlin (2002), 12 pp., $2 (ISBN 0-9718215-0-X)

Join horror naturalist Mark McLaughlin on a surfin' safari into the untamed wilds of corporate America. Each poem in this small collection describes an individual office monster, from the tricky enthusiraptor to the squawking caterwauler. Front and back cover art by the author. AVAILABLE NOW

"Corporate Monsters is a book written in the tradition of the 'grotesque' -- a catalogue of character studies that accurately captures the way a specific setting influences its occupants...I really mean it when I say you're going to love this little book." —Michael Arnzen, Strange Horizons

Dancing in the Haunted Woodlands by Wendy Rathbone (2003), 28 pp., $3 (ISBN 0-9718215-3-4)

Wendy Rathbone is well-known throughout the small press for her dark and hauntingly beautiful verse. This, her eighth collection, includes poems from such magazines as Asimov's SF, Dreams and Nightmares, frisson and Penny Dreadful. Front and back cover art by Matthew Snead. AVAILABLE NOW

"Experiencing these poems is like leafing through the private journals of a dark and lucid dreamer.  Using the shattered language of dream logic--the Pointillist technique of juxtaposing many tiny, brilliant images to achieve a larger result--Rathbone has developed a personal mythology which rewards rereading.

     'Here the five elements are:
     skin, blood, lightning
     last breath and

she declares in 'Grief,' a brief poem of pure atmosphere.  Yes.  This is another expedition to the poet's well-established world of always-October, a wondrously haunted dark fairy tale.  Here classical naiads and dryads mingle with philosophical vampyres and fairy kings.  Windows and doors exist only as barriers to be breached by wanderers from Outside.  These are poems of encounter, discovery, and altered vision, told with first-person intimacy in a sure, compelling voice." —Ann K. Schwader, author of Architectures of Night