Sunday, October 30, 2016

On This Halloween

Another Halloween poem, this time one I've been sharing around this time every year since 2009:

On This Halloween

By Richard H. Fay

Knock, knock, knock
Sounds upon front door
Clad in frightful garb,
While quickening gloom
Darkens Autumn sky
And a dying breeze
Swirls crisp fallen leaves
On this Halloween.

Who could it be?
Heroes and villains,
Princesses and ghouls,
Witches and wizards,
Monsters and goblins,
Werewolves and robots,
All waiting for treats,
Stand upon my step
On this Halloween.

Knock, knock, knock
Sounds upon front door
Bathed in porch light's glow,
While dimming candle
Behind grinning face
Of grim hollowed gourd
Sputters and snuffs out
On this Halloween.

Who could it be?
Nothing but a chill
Carried on a breath
Blowing from nowhere
Stirs at the threshold.
Not a living soul,
No visible thing,
Treads upon my step
On this Halloween.

Knock, knock, knock
Sounds upon front door
Silvered by moonlight,
While night creatures call
And tattered grey ghosts
Scoot swiftly across
An eventide sky
On this Halloween.

Who could it be?
Unearthly black forms
Reeling to fell tune
Send scared heart racing
And steal frightened gasp.
Devilish sprites loosed
To play impish tricks
Dance upon my step
On this Halloween.

Copyright © 2009 Richard H. Fay

Spooks and Frights

It’s become something of a Halloween tradition for me to share this poem on or about October 31st every year, so here goes…

Spooks and Frights

By Richard H. Fay

Spectres take flight!
Phantoms and ghosts drift into sight.
Bogles and bogies,
Goblins and ghouls,
Join all strange things that go bump in the night.

Skeletons chuckle!
Graveyard moulds heave and buckle.
Creatures and critters,
Monsters and mutants,
Rise up slowly from the miry muckle.

Leaves fall and blow!
Corpse light candles flicker and glow.
Witches and warlocks,
Devils and demons,
Wing through the sky to frighten those below.

Zombies must roam!
Bats take off in the gloam.
Maniacs and madmen,
Frankensteins and fiends,
Dig dead bodies from the cemetery loam.

Something’s at the door!
Strange beings recite spooky lore.
Wraiths and wizards,
Bugbears and banshees,
Appear from the dark to scare you once more.

Copyright © 2007 Richard H. Fay

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Forest Park Cemetery, October 2016

Photos taken on the Brunswick Historical Society's tour of Forest Park Cemetery, October 23, 2016.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016


Seven of my poems now appear in Altered Reality Magazine:
"Last Thoughts of a Cosmic Fighter Pilot"
"Pixies in the Porridge"
"Silicon Searchers"
"The Brownie"
"Tipsy Rambler"
"Wondrous Gobbledygook"

All seven have been previously published. "Last Thoughts of a Cosmic Fighter Pilot" originally appeared in Aphelion, August 2011. "Pixies in the Porridge" originally appeared in Aoife's Kiss, Issue 43, December 2012. "Silicon Searchers" originally appeared in Tales of the Talisman, Volume 8, Issue 1, August 2012. "The Brownie" originally appeared in FrostFire Worlds, Issue 1, August 2013. "Tispy Rambler" originally appeared in Aphelion, Issue 182, Volume 18, March 2014. "Wondrous Gobbledygook" originally appeared in Aphelion, April 2011. "Woodwose" appeared in Aphelion, December/January Issue, December 2011.

"Father Ryan's Fright" Published in ALTERED REALITY MAGAZINE

My Irish fairy tale "Father Ryan's Fright" now appears in Altered Reality Magazine. Check it out:

This work originally appeared in Anotherealm, November 2013.

Gallery of Artworks on ALTERED REALITY MAGAZINE Site

A gallery featuring ten examples of my art now appears on the Altered Reality Magazine site. Check it out:

Also, keep watching that space. I'll probably be sending the editor more examples in the future.

Illustration Published in ALTERED REALITY MAGAZINE

My illustration “Tiger and Dragon” now appears alongside Vince Gotera’s “Menage à Tiger and Dragon”, a series of four poems, in Altered Reality Magazine. Check it out!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

"Shedroid on Tentacles" Tied for 2nd Runner Up

Over at Redbubble, my "Shedroid on Tentacles" tied for 2nd Runner Up in the Sci-Fi Group's “Robots/Androids/Cyborgs” challenge.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Horror Illustration: "It Wants to Come In"

“It Wants to Come In”
Originally published in Night to Dawn 27, April 2015 Issue, February 2015.
Copyright © 2015 Richard H. Fay

Monday, October 3, 2016

Today Over at Redbubble: 15% Off Everything

Today over at Redbubble:
Everything's on sale. For real. Like really real.
15% off everything. Art you love, printed just for you.
Use code YOURTHING15.
Expires October 3, 2016 at 11:59pm PT.