Horror Writer Association (HWA), Short Stories & Poetry

HWA: “Of Horror and Hope” Mental Health Initiative Anthology (& My Poem)

My poem, “Patiently Awaiting the Door”, was recently accepted for the Horror Writer’s Association (HWA) “Of Horror and Hope” Anthology for their Mental Health Initiative. My poem was featured in a June 3rd blog article as part of their thirty days of promotion on the HWA website and can be found here.

I wanted to thank HWA for hosting this event and promoting such an important topic. If you’d like to read the full anthology (for free), the direct link can be found here.

Thank you and happy writing everyone.

Contest Entries

Author: Halloween Poetry Contest Entry

Here’s my entry. Join in on the fun here. The instructions and rules can be found via the link. Good writing and good luck! 🎃


Halloween Halls

There is a being, you see, upon this evening’s brow;
two stories up, where the night’s extinguished candle was used to enshroud.
Over the flame she turned, over their breath she heard, their pensive dishes of gruel and meat,
their spoons clashing, bread ripping, as they spoke of things without understanding;
without understanding at all.

Notes of music spilt onto the wooden floors; clanging mouths and spit soon sealed every door.
A rush away, chains soon met.
Truth was heard whispering nevermore;
it was beckoned back through the Hall’s front doors.

Now with violence ripped and pages fell,
Darkened calendars and lighted gold,
the lady of the manor haunts her lonely, ever darkened but discreet,
Halloween Halls.

Inspiring Quotes

Author: “Why Does the Caged Bird…” Quote

“I know why the caged bird sings, ah me, when his wing is bruised and his bosom sore; when he beats his bars and he would be free, it is not a carol of joy or glee, but a prayer that he sends from his heart’s deep core.”

Paul Laurence Dunbar