There's a Hallowen circus in town. Behind the Gothic gates are wonders, and monsters, beyond comprehension. My poem, "An Empty Seat," is about a clown riding one of the rides, something you don't usually see.
Horror Poetry for the weekend before Halloween
It rainy and cool in Florida, this weekend before Halloween. The cypress needles are turning a rusty brown. Strange birds are calling in the swamp, traveling south away from places where Autumn is stripping the trees. It's the perfect time to read poetry that chills the blood and breaks your heart.
Beware! Dark Seas Ahead
My poem, Kraken, is featured this month in the Beware! Dark Seas Author & Artist Showcase. Each year, Jolene Haley features dark stories and creations for the month of October. Come walk along the dark shore and meet the watery denizens that lurk there.
Upcoming – Spooky Empire Creators Track
I will be appearing as part of the Creators Track at Spooky Empire in Orlando, Florida, USA, on October 26-28, 2018. Spooky Empire Ultimate Horror Weekend is one of the largest horror conventions in the nation, and this year's convention has a huge line up of celebrity guests, horror creators, a film festival, live performances, … Continue reading Upcoming – Spooky Empire Creators Track
The Rooms the Guests Never See – 13 Days until Halloween
Jolene Haley is hosting a horror writer and illustrator showcase on her website to celebrate the spookiest of months. My story, "Food and Drink Man" is featured today. The Thornewood Hotel has seven stories and 666 rooms. Sometimes it has grand elevators and a ballroom. The staff mostly keep out of site, but they are watching. … Continue reading The Rooms the Guests Never See – 13 Days until Halloween
Spooky Empire Refugees – 20 Days until Halloween
If you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen my posts about #SpookyEmpireRefugees. It was heart-breaking, then heart-warming, and overall an incredible event for Central Florida's horror community. I had spooky plans for the first weekend in October. Somehow, The Addams Family musical, Halloween Horror Nights, and Spooky Empire all came together at the … Continue reading Spooky Empire Refugees – 20 Days until Halloween
#HurricaneHorrorNights – 21 Days until Halloween
We've weathered Hurricane Matthew, and the past weekend was more and less spooky than planned before the storms rolled through Florida. I have stories and photos to share. If you want to help out, there are many, many people within the United States and the Caribbean who were devastated by Hurricane Matthew. The American Red … Continue reading #HurricaneHorrorNights – 21 Days until Halloween
Orange and Black and Decay – 24 Days until Halloween
There is Halloween in the woods. Limbs and leaves fall. Decomposers invade. The trees take on a different beauty in death, with fungi threading through its tissue, splitting its bark open. Beautiful rot, as it becomes part of the forest floor. Orange fungi. Black muck.
Halloween at Work – 25 Days until Halloween
A taxidermied Bufo marinus that’s been made into a change purse is a permanent resident of my office at my day job. Animals skulls and insects preserved in jars keep it company. My coworkers have different bones and dead things at their desks. So it is with field biologists: we love critters so much, we bring them back … Continue reading Halloween at Work – 25 Days until Halloween
Addams Family Night Out – 27 Days until Halloween
October is my birthday month, and my family celebrates it with me by filling the month with spooky goodies. We started the month off by going to The Addams Family musical. I've loved The Addams Family since watching re-runs of the television show as a kid and discovering the cartoons by Charles Addams as a teen. The … Continue reading Addams Family Night Out – 27 Days until Halloween