I knew we were forever on that late January night when you carved our initials into the stained bark, in the dark at the base of the Hangin’ Tree. It sealed a pact and a promise that I gave freely as you came to me dressed in the flesh of the one I adored, at the time. An... Continue Reading →


they said watch the horizon

up and down … up and down … up the swells make my head explode my heart aches in sympathy for my stomach and my ears look for the horizon there is no shore out there only water, and the - burning alive, want water but there is none to be had surrounded by it... Continue Reading →

I am so pleased and proud to share this! Coming this Spring to Fear Front Publishing Rolling the Beautiful Bones Visit fearfrontpublishing.com to see the amazing works available now and soon by the authors at Fear Front!!

*from the upcoming book,  Stories from the Slaughterhouse, coming soon to digital and paperback* The thunk of the gun on the table in front of me holds such a finality that I am stunned into stammering.   Had I truly come to a point in my life where all my troubles could be bought away... Continue Reading →

Read  S N A P S H O T August 13, 2015 Outside of Kelford 30 miles NE of Skull Creek It’s all Al Kennedy can think about. Three weeks’ vacation to spend seven days of it driving while Angie slept and the kids fussed and fought endlessly in the back seat. Then she would... Continue Reading →


I am dying.  I know it as well as I know the new lines around my eyes and the finer ones around the corners of my mouth.  I know it like the spectre that dogs me every step I take for the past six months, that shadow that won’t go away no matter how bright... Continue Reading →

Matt Farnsworth – In My Eyes

Enroute Phoenix AZ 5 pm Final Destination - Los Angeles CA I am on the way to the sunshine state, and looking forward to the warmth after the chilly climes of my rocky mountain home.  On my iPad, I'm watching Iowa, and find myself giggling at Esper Harte waving his gun around.  My seat mates... Continue Reading →

3:21 AM Los Angeles time. My eyes fly open as someone, something,  twists the handle of my hotel room door, seeking entry as I lay awake, my heart banging in my chest. A mostly sleepless night has turned my mind to a more macabre place to be than normal. What could be lurking outside my... Continue Reading →

You say, come, beauty Holding your hand out with a smile A reassuring gesture meant to placate, calm Yet behind your eyes a gleam Of misadventure, madness That glitters like a lecherous jewel Intent on stealing my heart, that frozen wasteland ♥ Not much grows there I reply to your quizzical stare As you pull... Continue Reading →

I do what I usually do at this time of day. It's early, or late if you're a night owl like me. I sit on the roof of this grand old place, an odd mix of antebellum meets Modern Art. It's weird, but it's home. And it suits us, because, to them we are weird.... Continue Reading →

Read Death Maiden and Raven - Lessons  Visit Maleficent Blood Damsel It had been weeks since I had last been out into the world and I was becoming restless. Death Maiden was sleeping, resting up from her last outing, so I decided to go out.  It began as an innocent stroll through the woods that... Continue Reading →

Twist Turn Feel the burn Fingers aching to dance Set to play Wasting daylight Just to say Nothing Sun Rises Sun Sets Brilliant colours Singe the eyes No words to sing Feel everything All too big to articulate Leave me to sigh Slumber draws nigh Showing my Path With a shudder Nearly deserted I am... Continue Reading →

I won't ask for your hand It's not how I'm made To ask for anything Even as I hold the Reliquary I ask not for even your hand A turn of the clocks arms an eternity they chase each other Never to be in the other's embrace To request such rarely crosses my lips for... Continue Reading →

Love is such a mundane word You might was well say The sky is dark And leave out the lush velvet Sparking with diamonds Their sparkle the reflection From your eyes   How could I say Love Should it fall from my lips? As the gentle waters flow Constant and true As the song of... Continue Reading →

Allow me to introduce myself.  I am First Governess of Rivers of Grue, Death of The Four Horsemen, Member of the Court of Madness, and Death Maiden. My Sisters, Vanity, Avarice, Wrath, Gluttony, Sloth, Envy and Lust, have each a talent in their own right and now are part of this esteemed grouping. Enter here,... Continue Reading →

Please Read Consortium of Fear-Second Entry--THE BIRD SANCTUARY Read the Consortium of Fear - Third Entry - Family Ties by Shelly Philemon I don't know what time it is. Its dark out. The barred windows allow just enough light through to show that dawn is dressing herself up to make an entrance. This makes 3... Continue Reading →

What Love Is To Me: Love is never having to use a mirror to fix your hair or tone down your racoon eyes after a long day, because you are beautiful in someone's eyes just exactly as you are. Love is seeing the Darkness in another, choosing to pull it closer, rather than douse it in conventionality.... Continue Reading →

Close Never closer The distance never greater Further apart than ever Reaching out leaves me cold Wondering why I try at all There's no one there A dead connection that rings With lost hopes Turn off the thoughts Shut off the Light Sit in the dark Stop wondering, move on There's nothing there No one... Continue Reading →

This is where he died Right here Where I stand Where his soul screams For release from his bonds Where he will never leave From where does this Knowledge come: From my hand I killed him But that's not all I did. I feel him still Warm against me skin to skin Mind to Mind... Continue Reading →

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