Time Grows Thin By Lilith Lorraine. Book review

TIME GROWS THIN By Lilith Lorraine. Published by Hilltop Press, Price £7.50

Reviewed by Matt Johns

My first foray into sci-fi poetry is well chosen – Lilith Lorraine is an interesting character.  Born Mary Maud Dunn in 1894, she adopted her pen name in honour of the biblical Adam’s first (i.e. pre-Eve) wife Lilith.  She was not only a poet, but also a crime reporter and pulp writer – not to mention actively monitored by the FBI for her socialist and feminist views.

Given that her poetry was mainly written throughout the 1930’s and 1940’s, surprisingly it does not feel dated.

Her poems are not just limited to science fiction, they also cover the occult – “Familiar”, which talks of a demonic cat with “jade-green eyes aflame with demon-lore”, fantasy – “The Lie”, “Funeral of a Vampire” and many others.

My personal favourite is “Legend of the Hills”, which is about a mysterious preacher who comes to a town, leads them in worship for many years but then vanishes without a trace.  The sexton later finds an old grave that says he died in 1692.

Time Grows Thin is an interesting find containing surprising and easy to read poems, filled with vivid imagery and a nice variation of themes.