"Thirteen Nocturnes is gothic in every sense of the word; from the writing style, the themes, to Oliver’s own influences. Without a doubt, this bountiful collection raises the bar for contemporary gothic poetry. It’s rare in this day and age to find poetry written in such a sophisticated and profound manner. But here, Sheppard combines a down-to-earth modernism with older styles that make for a fanciful and unique experience for the reader."
—Sar Blackthorn, CVLT Nation
"Reading Sheppard's poetry is a little like listening to a conversation between Nietzsche and William Blake during a showing of Peckinpah's Cross of Iron. Using a wide range of forms and cultural references, Sheppard illustrates the human condition in ways that take as much account of its absence as its presence... Given the chance, Sheppard will lead you down dark and unfamiliar paths, to moments of weird beauty."
—from the foreword to Thirteen Nocturnes by John Foster.