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  • Kayleigh Willis

Halloween Blog

Updated: Nov 1, 2021

'Little Red Riding Hood' by Daniel Schulz

Kiss me big bad wolf.

Bite me to death!

Let a meadow full of flowers be our bed,

the place where birds

watch us like torture porn

singing pop songs of urban crime.

Take a scalpel. Cut me open.

Don’t be worried.

I’ve got insurance.

And we have a crowd

to please.

You see:

It doesn’t matter

what you do to me.

What matters most

is a Happy End,

the essence

of this fairy tale.

Copyright. Daniel Schulz.

'Not Blood but Beer These Days' by Shane Blades

Halloween spreads its dismal dreaming over me

As I wander alone, lonely now

And am surely seduced

By the early hours of silence

That the evening darkly claims

As old Hessle’s streets shuffle

Into a narrowing now

Finding a finality of dead endings

Each miserable and colder than the last

Shrouded into the mists of the aeons

In a bleakness too long forgotten

And certainly not despaired of

Yet still emptied of any humanity

Where no person dare walk alone

On this moonless, airless, sinful night

But hey, where are all the spooks?

And their accompanying spookettes

Where are the longer undead

Unshriven and ungraved

Where is dead Harlequin and Columbine?

Where do these phantoms tryst?

On this eve before all hallowing

Where are the cool ghouls?

The ghost hostess with the moistest

Or the designer daemons?

Doesn’t every town have a resident ghost

Merely awaiting those dark opportunities

That a gradual nightfall will provide


Merely waiting

But no, it seems these darkened alleyways

While dismal, still stand idle

Even the shadows are hiding

Instead of playing to my fears

What kind of Halloween is this?

Where the twilight world remains unseen

And only public houses beckon

Unwelcomingly lit and bright

Welcoming hell’s denizens

On this darkest of all evenings

It is with disappointment that I peer inside

The nearest one, The Cross Keys

To see the phantoms in there

Roistering now and boisterous

Around a blazing wood burned fire

I shudder but no longer from the fear

Rather a cold despondency

An unquieting certainty

That they are sipping on draught ales

Instead of crimson, virgin blood.

And love bites are still given

But come from former victims now

I walk away disgusted

Is nothing truly sacred

In this unholy place?

Corpses must be rising up

To shake skeletal fists

In a heavy borne disgrace

Are all the new age vampyrs

Simply beer drinkers now?

“Chief demon to hell central, failure of all systems. Suggest abort project. Repeat abort project.”

Copyright. Shane Blades.

'THERAMOAN' by Mark Laing

Cut my teeth,

On chainsaw technique,

Dark magic circles ‘neath,

Eyes so weak,

From straining at the leash.

Bind my books,

With broken spines,

Marshall dead armies,

Ranks filed from spliced pines,

Sleeve slashed scripts,

In scalped skin and bloody bits!

My machete is my bond,

Down and dirty deep woods wand,

Render you immortal,

As local legend grows,

Newspaper clipping victim,

Snipped by slightly awkward apprentice psychos,

Soon tyre iron out,

Those little kinks,

Fix that twisted ankle stare,

So, it never blinks!

Old fashioned cure for kids having them conniption fits,

Weapon of masked destruction trimming troubled teen waiting lists,

Subtle connect between sex and death easily found,

When your counsellors getting laid whilst I was left to drown!

So, I wait in weed wreathed waters,

To ensnare and make you share pain without borders,

Like going mouth to maw with man o war,

Stinging nettle surgery pumping every pore.

In your final agony,

You might just see,

The god called upon,

That fateful first Friday.

Listen is that the wind?

Plucking in panic pizzicato violins,

As I rise to reprise resurrection from demise,

Salvation assured by never-ending fear franchise!

Copyright. Mark Laing.

'Stay in the Foxhole' by William Sells

This is crazy, Sarge, they're everywhere, and it's so dark. Let's get outta here.

Stay in the foxhole.

But they've overrun 'A' and 'B' Squads.

Stay in the foxhole.

I can't sit here any longer, I'm going mad, I tell you.

Stay in the foxhole.

Why, Sarge, why? I just, I mean, okay. I'll stay.

Stay in the foxhole.

I'm staying, Sarge, I'm staying.


And you found him like this?

He saved my life...

Yeah, talking to his dead Sarge.

Talking to him? The Sarge's body is here and his head is over there.

Said it was dark.


Copyright. William Sells

'Hallowe’en’s been, and left' by Philip Burton

witches in ditches to sleep off the gig –

Gran dozing gently with frogs in her wig –

Dracula back in his coffin, underneath the weather –

bats scattered: gnomes gone home –

genie once more in the bottle – ghost risen to the loft –

and look! The butter has gone soft –

tooth-marks in the apples – eye holes in the pears –

pointy hat squashed very flat – streamers on the stairs –

half-chewed bonfire toffee, sticky, cold and fluffy –

and those little bits of sausage adhering to the wall

where Uncle Jack exploded over nothing much at all.

Copyright. Philip Burton.

'I Am Dead' by David Dumouriez

I am dead.

Now I am alive.

That sojourn done, the

microscopics join and pale;

the solid blocks of life gain frames.

Fear is gone; loss no longer loss.

Discrimination, once a set of

thrusts and wades, becomes

the product of an instant.

Transact with time,

locate this place.

And laugh.

Copyright. David Dumouriez.

'The Uninvited' by Lizzy Barmak

I saw him even though he was hiding,

the wallpaper distorted his luminous lime form,

I pulled the bedcover over my head as if I’d died.

Six fingers, spindly as an Aye-Ayes picker, stripped me

of my cotton shield and forced me up

as if to Tango. But I was no gothic beauty, he no charming vampire;