A Glimpse Beyond...

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A Glimpse Beyond... is an introduction to my work and more specifically to my anthology of dark poetry, Beyond the Mask. By its very nature poetry is a subjective medium and as such one person's taste is no guarantee of another's. Therefore this short collection is presented as a representative sample to allow the reader to form their own opinion rather than rely on the views of others.
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About Phil Gibson

Born and raised in Devon, Phil has been an avid reader from a young age, developing an early taste for the writing of Edgar Alan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, Stephen King, John Wyndham and Tolkien. Began to dream of becoming a writer and first attempted to write a book at the age of 10.
After a 'satisfactory' but uneventful school career left him with no clear sense of direction Phil retreated into self-imposed exile at the southern tip of Cornwall where he spent a number of years living in the attic of an isolated bungalow. It was here that he first began to write poetry, inspired by political upheavals and environmental concerns.
A few years later Phil attempted to re-enter mainstream society, moving back to the city and starting a family. A decade later, after raising 2 awesome kids as a single father, he returned to education, studying Earth Sciences at Plymouth University.

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Review by: Mark Butkus on Oct. 25, 2011 :
UK poet Phil Gibson can make you squirm and fear the dark while you are standing in broad daylight. The author of Apocalyptic Visions has a new - free - ebook available through Smashwords - A Glimpse Beyond.

A Poe for the 21st century, Gibson's tell-tale heart is mankind's destruction of the planet that we call home. The horror of Phil's poetry is amplified by the brutal honesty of the crimes we commit against the environment and each other.

From the opening lines of A Glimmer of Light through to the closing lines of the Alice Cooper induced nightmares of The Treatment Phil Gibson's EP of poems (there are but a mere five selections in A Glimpse Beyond) will have you reaching for the bedside lamp tonight...not just for light but as a weapon to ward off the demons that are sure to invade your thoughts and dreams.

If it is a nightmare that you are looking for this Halloween or an excuse to alarm others put down "The Raven" and pick up Phil Gibson's e-chapbook A Glimpse Beyond.

Phil's Prosperity Calls from Apocalyptic Visions exemplifies his concerns for the environment and was featured on The Bar None Group website in the summer of 2011.

(This review first appeared on the Bar None Group website on October 25, 2011.)
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