A SHADOW IN THE WIND

The castle sits in the woods.

Memories fill its walls.

Echoes of laughter

vibrate the still air.

Whisps of smoke float 

between the trees.

A transparent shadow

settles beside me,

with a tap on my shoulder,

a sigh in my ear.

With a wistful smile, I say,

Goodbye, my love.

We’ll be together again soon.

A PERFECT SUMMER DAY

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Portovenere, Italy ~ Luca Libralato

Brushstrokes of blue and gray

to outline the puffy clouds.

Broad swipes of teal and aquamarine

to meet the neverending horizon.

Swells of purest white

will rise from the blue depths.

As my fingers reach for the canvas,

my gaze travels to the brushes,

and I shake my head.

No painting is needed

to capture the perfect day.

I stare around me

at nature’s perfect handiwork.

SHADOWS FILL MY ROOM

Shadows fill my room.

I’m going to swoon.

It looks like a woman.

But not at all human.

The town is scary.

It’s getting hairy.

Florida isn’t all fun.

Not a walk in the hot sun.

THE DEAD GAME

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HEAR THEM ROAR

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Prey Art Print By Daniel Taylor

Tigers pace in their cages,

Waiting to be set free.

Animals fill the basement,

An awful sight to see.

Leashes jangle against bars.

Metal against metal rings loud.

As the gates slowly lift open,

Pointy teeth glisten without sound.

This cannot be happening.

This cannot be so.

No way are there tigers

In the basement below.

THE DEAD GAME

PARTY HEARTY

Vampires know how to party

until the wee morning hours.

Once the bright light of day appears,

it’s time to listen to your fears.

THE DEAD AT HEART

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THE DEAD AT HEART

Embroiled in the vamps’ evil games,

Shana travels to Quebec

for the vampire summit.

Amid murder and betrayal,

she must help her friends

find a way to save humanity.

THE DEAD AT HEART

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A CREATURE OF THE NIGHT

A creature of the night

who walks in the moonlight.

Don’t play his game.

Don’t be fooled

by his perfect shell.

For inside he’s empty,

without a soul.

THE DEAD GAME

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PASSIONS BURN HOT

Passions burn hot in Florida
as sizzling as a summer day
beneath the scorching sun.

PREY FOR THE DEAD

by Susanne Leist