by Jeff Baker
It’s always nice to have a famous author living in your hometown. Bryan Dietrich lives here in Wichita and teaches at my alma Mater, Newman University. He’s published several books of poetry and has been nominated for a number of awards (including the Pulitzer!) He and Marge Simon have published “The Demeter Diaries,” a collection of poetry telling the story of Dracula and Mina Harker (from Bram Stoker’s novel) in their own words. Appropriately, the collection was a nominee for the Bram Stoker Award. I’ve met Bryan on a couple of occasions and he was kind enough to sign my copy (through the mail, not in person!) Marge Simon (who I have not met!) is likewise no slouch as a writer of prose and poetry; she has a Rhysling Award to her credit!
The book is a dark delight! I highly recommend its blend of romance and dread. (“Demeter,” by the way, is a reference to the ship in Stoker’s novel “Dracula,” a ship you would not want to book passage on as it has some very dark cargo and a very grim passenger.)
Here’s a link: https://www.amazon.com/DEMETER-DIARIES-Marge-Simon/dp/883195945X/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1ONQFKUM30Z6Z&dchild=1&keywords=the+demeter+diaries&qid=1600124735&s=books&sprefix=The+Demeter+Diaries%2Caps%2C190&sr=1-1