Volcanic dense, though lava cooled, Carved Phoenix rising to the sky, To penetrate a pale, blue pool, A morning call to Night’s demise. Shine forth, ye peaked, ebony jewel, Reveal within the sun’s first rays, A standing power’s highest view And witness to a million days. An ancient tower, black on blue, Erected byContinue reading “Obsidian”

The Storm

The Storm by R. Saint Claire Sheets of ocean pierced by Titans Channeled on Leviathan’s back, Swells and lolls, crests and heightens, Mounting Sky’s sulphuric crack. In black, the mad widow divining From the shore, among the wrack, A golden sphere from her hand is shining, Sparkling remnants of the heart she gave. Tonight–at lastContinue reading “The Storm”

Today’s Twisted Short Story

JANUS  by R. Saint Claire I’m not what anyone would call a sensitive guy as the many girls who’ve slapped my face have told me (in so many words); But if I had known when I woke up this morning that by the end of the day I’d be fleeing for my life through aContinue reading “Today’s Twisted Short Story”

Dracula Sonnet

Peasants fear the mention of his name, Grown men tremble at the setting sun, O’er the Carpathian mountain range Along the forest where wild wolves run. An elegant Count who charms everyone, Whose soul’s as foul as dirt where he lays, Garlic and mirrored reflections he shuns, Symbols of Christ, the sun’s golden rays. ForContinue reading “Dracula Sonnet”

Dracula by Bram Stoker

Victorian Brain Fever As part of my personal Gothic literature reading challenge, I start with Dracula by Bram Stoker. Here’s a book that I pretended to read in the past (I’d started it several times) but in truth I’d only seen the movies from Murnau’s silent Nosferatu to Coppola’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula , which IContinue reading “Dracula by Bram Stoker”

The Kingdom of Shadows

Eyes Wide Shut and the Ninth Gate Much has been written about the esoteric messages in Stanley Kubrick’s swan song Eyes Wide Shut, some silly, some quite illuminating. That some of us are still watching and analyzing it seventeen years later (and probably many more to come) illustrates that the great director knew what heContinue reading “The Kingdom of Shadows”