February is Women in Horror Recognition Month, a movement that was founded to support and assist female genre artists in gaining opportunities, exposure and networking. In honour of the event, Sirens Call Publications devotes its February issue of The Sirens Call to supporting the cause and featuring the excellent talent displayed by ladies writing horror.
First up today is a poem by Emerian Rich titled ‘Slice’ which appears on page 85…
The word makes my soul ache.
Not from fear or dread,
But from sheer delight.
The slice makes my tongue tingle,
Anticipating the bitter taste of blood.
And as I look at you,
I feel the jittery jolt of an addict.
I am, I suppose.
A slave to the body sliced in such a way.
A sharp blade against tight skin…”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR – Emerian Rich is the author of the vampire book series, Night’s Knights. Her creepy horror shorts can be found in anthologies by Dragon Moon Press, Hidden Thoughts Press, and Hazardous Press. She’s also the horror hostess of the internationally acclaimed podcast, HorrorAddicts.net.
Next up is Alesha Aris’ poem ‘Deadbeat’ on page 86…
“Twas the night before Valentines and I toiled through the night
Wrapping a present to suit your sight.
The lamp’s gentle fiery glow
Warmed my crimson satin’s flow
Boxed and sealed taped and bowed
As last night’s memories like a rose
once again began to unfold…”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR – Alesha Aris a young woman hailing from the heart of Jamaica found herself indulging in the art of tailoring words to a lyrical artistry. She aspires to and adores evoking emotions from her audience so that by the virtue of rhythm, rhyme and imagery her words may linger in their minds just as they did in hers.
And to round out this grouping we have a poem titled ‘Mummy’s Boy’ by Caylee Slansen on page 87…
Well look, she awakes, from her slumber so sweet.
How are you feeling? How did you sleep?
Oh Mummy, dear Mummy, why do you cry?
Is it because of this knife? This one in your side?
Does it hurt when I twist it? When I move it slow?
How about when I force it as deep as it’ll go?
Now, now, be still. Please try not to scream
Or those stitches will tear and your lips will bleed…”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR – Caylee Slansen is a 24 year old poet from the Yorkshire Dales, England. With a love for horror from a young age, her passion can be clearly seen in her writing, although she does like to brighten the mood with a bit of comedy every now and again!”
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