By The Fire Edpisode 141: Challenge 5: Horror Romance poems

Hey Horror addicts, we just had our fourth challenge in the horroraddicts.net Next Great Horror Writer Challenge. The challenge for this episode was to write a 650 to 700-word horror poem. The poem could be rhyming or free form. Writers needed to know how to convey a romantic situation and will be judged on sexiness, style and creating a horror romance theme.

Combining romance and horror in a poem can be even harder than writing on one topic or the other, but if you think about it romance and horror are topics that go hand in hand. For instance, if someone loves someone and that person doesn’t love them back it could be considered horror. Also, the idea of losing someone you love to death is a topic that scares everyone. One good example of a horror romance poem that I can think of is a song by Alice Cooper called This House Is Haunted. This song reads like a poem and it’s about a man living in a house haunted by his dead lover. Though if you look at the lyrics they could be interpreted as something different in someone else’s eyes and that’s what makes poetry complicated.

The Next Great  Writer Challenge is really putting the participants to the test. The whole point of this competition is to get writers to flex their literary muscles and this challenge does just that. In my opinion writing, poetry can be harder than writing a short story or even a novel. Poems are all about emotion and expressing emotion isn’t always easy. I think it’s hard to get your message across in a poem and then there is a whole other aspect to it which is getting your audience to understand what you’re trying to say.

A reader can interpret a poem that you wrote in lots of different ways. You may have written it but the reader might not get your message and instead get a completely different idea from what your work. You have to have a certain mindset to write poetry and a certain mindset to understand it. I have to admit that I usually have a hard time understanding poetry but there are some out there that I enjoy.

My favorite poem is Death by Emily Dickenson. This is a short poem but there is so much meaning here and so much is being said that to me it comes across as brilliant. I always thought the main idea she was trying to get across was her fear of death and how she wishes she was immortal. Though if you could talk to her about it, she might say that she had something completely different in mind. Emily Dickenson may not have been considered a horror poet but to me, that one is pretty scary.

When most people think of horror poets they think of Edgar Allen Poe or Lord Byron, but there is a lot more out there if you are willing to look. Do you have a favorite horror romance poem or just a favorite poem in general? Have you written some poetry that you want to share? Let us know in the comments and while you’re at it, let us know what you thought of the poems in episode 141.

#NGHW – Guest Judge : Sirens Call Publications Nina & Julianne

This week, we welcome guest judges, Julianne and Nina from Sirens Call Publications

 

 Juilanne Snow

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Julianne Snow is the author of the Days with the Undead series and Glimpses of the Undead. She is the founder of Zombieholics Anonymous and the Co-Owner and Publicist at Sirens Call Publications. Writing in the realms of speculative fiction, Julianne has roots that go deep into horror and is a member of the Horror Writers Association. With pieces of short fiction in various publications, Julianne always has a few surprises up her sleeves.

 Nina D’Arcangela

nina_darcangelaNina D’Arcangela is a horror devotee who likes to write soul rending snippets of despair, insanity, and pain. She reads anything from splatter matter to dark matter. She’s an UrbEx adventurer and professional photographer whose wanderlust takes her to abandoned locations, decrepit buildings, purportedly haunted places, and old graveyards. Nina is the co-owners of Sirens Call Publications, a co-founding member of the horror writer’s group PenoftheDamned.com, and the owner and resident anarchist of Dark Angel Photography.

#NGHW – Guest Judge : Tim Reynolds

This week, we welcome guest judge, Tim Reynolds. Tim will be helping us judge the commercial spoofs!

 Tim Reynolds

timrTim Reynolds isn’t just a fan of Jaime Lee Curtis, she went to his high school…or at least she did for her Prom Night, and Reynolds was there in the cafeteria to watch as a killer stalked her to the beat of bad disco music. The villain of his first novel, The Broken Shield, is Lucifer himself, while the heroine of his latest novel, Waking Anastasia, is a ghost. He’s worked in haunted hotels, reenacted the breakfast scene from ALIEN using real flesh, bone, and blood, and spent two years living a horror he still needs therapy for some thirty years later — teaching Third Grade.

#NGHW – Guest Judge : The Count

This week, we welcome guest judge, The Count. The Count will be helping us judge the 500-word horror blog posts and be featuring the winner on his show Cemetery Confessions!!

The Count

fb_img_1485196171412The Count is the owner of The Belfry Network, as well as the host of Cemetery Confessions and The Requiem podcast. He is a science enthusiast and avid reader, he also spends his free time as a DJ and blogger.

#NGHW – Guest Judge : Mark Eller

This week, we welcome guest judge, Mark Eller. Mark will be helping us judge the 300-word Monster stories and reading the winner’s story!

Mark Eller

markMark Eller spent twenty years happily writing stories and then throwing them away. Then he met his future wife. She got mad about him throwing things away so he then happily began writing books, publishing his shorts, and creating audio-fiction podcasts, including The Hell Hole Tavern, Mercy Bend, and Traitor book one of the Turner Chronicles. He can be found most days sitting in his man cave with his fingers busy typing because new stories are constantly running through his head.

#NGHW – JUDGES

The Next Great Horror Writer Contest  judging panel is made up of these Judges +
1-2 Guest Judges on each episode.

Emerian Rich

emzpicPublisher, HorrorAddicts.net
Emerian Rich created HorrorAddicts.net as a place for horror addicts, by horror addicts, glorifying every aspect of the horror lifestyle. Emerian is the author of Night’s Knights Vampire SeriesArtistic License, and has been involved in dozens of podcast and story projects. She was the editor of the horror ‘zine DarkLives for ten years starting in the mid-nineties. To find out more about Emerian, visit her site at: emzbox.com

Dan Shaurette

danportraitHead of Publishing, HorrorAddicts.net
Dan is a goth-geek, born in Phoenix, AZ. He’s been a fan of horror and especially vampires ever since seeing Bela Lugosi’s Dracula as a young child. He is the author of the vampire novel, Lilith’s Love. He is a fan of most sub-genres but prefers those that have a dark tale to tell versus pure shock-schlock. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. You can find him online at DanShaurette.com.

H.E. Roulo


Author, HorrorAddicts.net
Heather Roulo is a Seattle author. Her short stories appear in several dozen publications, including Nature and Fantasy’s special Women Destroy Fantasy issue. Plague Master: Sanctuary Dome is the first book in her Plague Masters Series.
To hear the audio drama of the short story that inspired Plague Master: Sanctuary Dome, visit The Omega Road Chronicles Audio Drama online.
Find out more at heroulo.com.

GUEST JUDGES

Annette Curtis Klause

photo1Annette was born in Bristol, England and moved to the United States when she was a teenager.  She daydreamed constantly while growing up, and she turned some of those fantasies into stories and poems. Her first novel The Silver Kiss was inspired by vampire poems she wrote when she was fifteen years old.  Annette’s other novels are Alien Secrets, Blood and Chocolate, and Freaks: Alive, on the Inside!  Blood and Chocolate was turned into a movie by MGM. Her most recent short story, “Elf Blood” appears in Welcome to Bordertown, edited by Ellen Kushner and Holly Black. Annette, a retired children’s librarian, currently lives in the Maryland suburbs with her husband and five cats.

Joe Mynhardt

joe-cheetah-originalA two time Bram Stoker Award nominated South African publisher, non-fiction editor, and online business mentor. Joe is the owner and CEO of Crystal Lake Publishing, which he founded in August, 2012. Since then he’s published and edited short stories, novellas, interviews and essays by the likes of Neil Gaiman, Clive Barker, Ramsey Campbell, Jack Ketchum, Graham Masterton, Adam Nevill, Lisa Morton, Elizabeth Massie, Joe McKinney, Edward Lee, Paul Tremblay, Wes Craven, John Carpenter, George A. Romero, Mick Garris, and hundreds more.

Just like Crystal Lake Publishing, Joe believes in reaching out to all authors, new and experienced, and being a beacon of friendship and guidance in the Dark Fiction field. Joe’s influences stretch from Poe, Doyle and Lovecraft to King, Connolly and Gaiman. You can read more about Joe and Crystal Lake Publishing at www.crystallakepub.com or find him on Facebook.

 Dario Ciriello, Editor

DarioDario Ciriello is a professional author and the founder of Panverse Publishing.
His first novel, Sutherland’s Rules, a crime thriller with a shimmer of the fantastic, was published in 2013. Free Verse and Other Stories, a collection of Dario’s Science Fiction shorts, was released in June 2014.
Dario’s latest novel, a horror/suspense novel titled Black Easter, pits love against black magic and demonic possession on a remote, idyllic Greek island. He is currently at work on a new thriller set in 2018 Los Angeles. Dario’s nonfiction book, Aegean Dream, the bittersweet memoir of a year spent on the small Greek island of Skópelos (the real Mamma Mia! island), was a UK travel bestseller in 2012. In addition to writing, Dario, who lives in the Los Angeles Area, offers professional editing, copyediting, and coaching services to indie authors. Look him up on Facebook, Amazon, or on his blog at http://www.dariospeaks.wordpress.com.

Frank H. Woodward

fhw-photoFrank H. Woodward is an award-winning producer, director, writer and documentary filmmaker with over 25 years experience in film and television production. His feature documentaries are fueled by a deep love of sci-fi, horror and fantasy. His first documentary was the award winning Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown. His other documentary work includes the critically acclaimed Men In Suits, a look at the art of creature suits and the actors that bring those characters to life. As a screenwriter, Frank wrote the sequel Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort for Fox and the SyFy Original Movie Black Forest. He was also an executive producer on the SyFy International film Firequake. In 2015, Frank completed the short films Balloon and Quint In ’58 (co-directed with Jack Bennett) while writing three of the Elements of Disaster TV film series. A “film entrepreneur”, Frank is thrilled to explore new frontiers for independent filmmakers beyond the Hollywood system.

Mark Eller

markMark Eller spent twenty years happily writing stories and then throwing them away. Then he met his future wife. She got mad about him throwing things away so he then happily began writing books, publishing his shorts, and creating audio-fiction podcasts, including The Hell Hole Tavern, Mercy Bend, and Traitor book one of the Turner Chronicles. He can be found most days sitting in his man cave with his fingers busy typing because new stories are constantly running through his head.

The Count

fb_img_1485196171412The Count is the owner of The Belfry Network, as well as the host of Cemetery Confessions and The Requiem podcast. He is a science enthusiast and avid reader, he also spends his free time as a DJ and blogger.

 Tim Reynolds

timrTim Reynolds isn’t just a fan of Jaime Lee Curtis, she went to his high school…or at least she did for her Prom Night, and Reynolds was there in the cafeteria to watch as a killer stalked her to the beat of bad disco music. The villain of his first novel, The Broken Shield, is Lucifer himself, while the heroine of his latest novel, Waking Anastasia, is a ghost. He’s worked in haunted hotels, reenacted the breakfast scene from ALIEN using real flesh, bone, and blood, and spent two years living a horror he still needs therapy for some thirty years later — teaching Third Grade.

 Juilanne Snow

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Julianne Snow is the author of the Days with the Undead series and Glimpses of the Undead. She is the founder of Zombieholics Anonymous and the Co-Owner and Publicist at Sirens Call Publications. Writing in the realms of speculative fiction, Julianne has roots that go deep into horror and is a member of the Horror Writers Association. With pieces of short fiction in various publications, Julianne always has a few surprises up her sleeves.

 Nina D’Arcangela

nina_darcangelaNina D’Arcangela is a horror devotee who likes to write soul rending snippets of despair, insanity, and pain. She reads anything from splatter matter to dark matter. She’s an UrbEx adventurer and professional photographer whose wanderlust takes her to abandoned locations, decrepit buildings, purportedly haunted places, and old graveyards. Nina is the co-owners of Sirens Call Publications, a co-founding member of the horror writer’s group PenoftheDamned.com, and the owner and resident anarchist of Dark Angel Photography.

Nicole Kurtz

nkurtz2016Nicole Givens Kurtz is the author of the cyberpunk mystery series, CYBIL LEWIS, and the publisher of Mocha Memoirs Press. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines.  Follow her to Other Worlds by visiting her website, Other Worlds Pulp at http://www.nicolegivenskurtz.com

Stacy Rich

stacyBlog Editor, HorrorAddicts.net
Stacy’s love for all things horror started at a young age with her mother’s interest in ghosts, scary things that go bump in the night and of course an awesome 19th century haunted house. From her teen years to now, Stacy grew her interests to true crime, strange horrors, weird or edgy side. When she isn’t enjoying horror, she’s living the true horror of working a full time job – with the norms.

David Watson

daveDavid was born in the Quad Cities on the Illinois/Iowa border in 1971. He graduated from Western Illinois University with a degree in Communications. Now he lives in Milwaukee Wisconsin with his wife and kids. His interests include reading (all genres, especially horror), music, power yoga, bike riding, baseball, hiking, and Broadway musicals. He also has an unhealthy addiction to surfing the net, listening to podcasts, and diet soda. Find David’s reviews at: David Watson

Jeremiah Donaldson

me4-26-16Jeremiah Donaldson is a SF/horror writer, editor, game designer, artist, free thinker, corporate slave, and overly blunt asshole from Kentucky.