Welcome back to another Horror Haikuesday! For the last few weeks we’ve had some guest artists on the blog and next up we have a guest poet! Say hello to Benjamin Blake. Ben is joining us from New Zealand with some longer form poetry exploring the haunted repercussions of building on sacred grounds.

Benjamin Blake was born in the July of 1985, and grew up in the small town of Eltham, New Zealand. He is the author of the novel, The Devil’s Children, and the poetry and prose collections Southpaw Nights, and Standing on the Threshold of Madnessas well as the forthcoming split All the Feral Dogs of Los Angeles. Find more of his writing (and photography) at www.benjaminblake.com.

To Inspire You:

Artwork created by me 🙂 (Jeanette Andromeda).

indian burial groundIndian Burial Grounds

Written by Benjamin Blake

A black house stands
Over an endless hedge-maze
Take the wrong twists and turns
And you’ll find yourself at the edge of a cliff
The ocean throwing itself upon the darkened rocks below
And maybe you will too

There are places where time wears thin
In a circle of surrounding firs
Or at the feet of a crumbling statuette
Rosebushes that reach with thorny arms
Begging to embrace

Once the front doors gape wide
Then swallow you whole
You will find yourself
In corridors that don’t seem to stay the same
Rooms that stink of past suicides
The elevator rattles straight down
To the burning coals of the boiler room

Visions of a shotgun wedding
Painting walls a new crimson
Severing conjugal ties
And ripe jugulars
Carpets can be replaced
The remnants of past lives
Will remain

Created by You:

Last week we had “Horizon” by Alex Murd to spark our imaginations. Here’s what you guys created:






Learn More About Today’s Guest Poet:

Read more for free on his website: www.benjaminblake.com
Share your poetry with him on Twitter: www.twitter.com/benjaminblake
And, if your a podcast-a-holic like me, you should go listen to his new podcast called “Fall Children” over here: https://soundcloud.com/fallchildren

Praise for Standing on the Threshold of Madness and Benjamin Blake 

“I was most impressed with Standing on the Threshold of Madness. These dark, brooding vignettes do far more than send a shudder up one’s spine (although they do that again and again, with elegance and panache). Benjamin Blake has found a way to infuse into his horrific lyrics a keen sensitivity to human emotions, an understanding of the fragility of life, and a bleak portrayal of the evanescence of all existence. This is a volume that aficionados of weird poetry will want to read over and over.”–S. T. Joshi

“Benjamin Blake relishes funereal lyricism with a spice of surrealism.” – Ramsey Campbell

“Language and imagery rule in this collection of dark visions. Blake has a distinctive voice, rich in surrealism, and he uses it to considerable effect.” – Bruce Boston, SFPA Grandmaster Poet

“A plethora of dark and haunting poems that could be likened to a bone chilling symphony overall!  Mood enhancing language that will curdle the blood, and excellent, original imagery!” – Marge Simon, Bram Stoker Award winning poet

Thank you all so much for playing along and sharing all the creative horror love! See you next week!

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