We have cats. We also have animals skulls, mink skins, a preserved alligator head and piranha, and vials of insects. I have a coin purse made out of a Bufo marinus, complete with head, front legs and googly eyes, but she's at work. Now that it's Halloween time, there are all sorts of additional creatures … Continue reading Creatures In The House – 21 Days Until Halloween
I listened to Sounds To Make You Shiver over and over as a kid. Blowing wind and hooting owls made me imagine empty places. Frankenstein's monster breaking loose was the very sound of havoc. But, goodness, look at that album cover! So. Many. Monsters. They are tumbling out of that castle! Frankenstein's monster is stomping towards … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – 23 Days Until Halloween
My parents passed away last year, and my family and I are getting things cleaned up to sell their home. There have been lots of creepy surprises along the way. The jack-o-lantern door mat and classic horror movie DVD's were warm reminders of my dad and his love of spooky stuff. The bags of bones were probably from … Continue reading The Haunted Shed – 24 Days Until Halloween
Alligator by Victoria Nations Thunder rolling. Drive the cart faster, hurry past. Dead gator. Entrails.
Time to pull out the Halloween decorations!
Do you remember the first time you stopped at a shop window, drawn to the oddities arranged there? Some of them were vaguely ornate, gleaming and reminiscent of the other side of the world. Dolls with piercing blue eyes may have looked out at you, their red mouths open to show small, white teeth. The mechanical toys were … Continue reading Wolf’s Museum Of Mystery – 28 Days Until Halloween
Horse by Victoria Nations Smooth planes of muscle and bone grown over with layers of detritus, lichen and grime caught in the corners spreading until they touch one another crusting the surface beneath which lies smooth planes of muscle and bone and skin shiny with sweat wetting the living things who drink and cover the … Continue reading Horse – A Poem Poised To Run
CAPTAIN G by Victoria Nations Rough seas at bedtime, the faithful crew of stuffies rush around, pulling ropes and sails. My glass scans the horizon, but riding the surf is too thrilling to turn into that calm port ahead. A huge island rises above the waves, and we cry: It’s a gum ball! I love … Continue reading Captain G – A Love Poem For May 20
CHICKEN PURSE by Victoria Nations I need a new purse and I want to find one that looks like a chicken. It will be life-sized and feathery, and have little horny feet that stick out of the bottom because truly elegant purses have feet. The head will have a pink, rubbery comb and bright plastic … Continue reading Chicken Purse – A Poem
ANYWAY by Victoria Nations She has no red hair, and no gray, and only a few freckles peppered across her putty nose, and splattered down her back. She's the tall one, the strong one who owns a tool belt, but leaves the dead opossums to me, along with the lizards and big bugs. She's a … Continue reading Anyway – A Love Poem