Aphelion Issue 266, Volume 25
October 2021
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Jack the Reaper

by Gary W. Davis

Jack used to be a stingy trickster
who earned the Devil’s enmity.

He had only a lighted turnip
to tote for all eternity.

Then the Devil gave Jack a job,
to harvest souls for his nether place.

He swings his scythe to and fro,
while a hood enshrouds his hardened face.

Jack never knows a lazy day.
Where he goes there’s always Hell to pay!

2021 Gary W. Davis

Gary Davis likes all things classic horror and Halloween. He has published Halloween short stories in Aphelion, Frostfire Worlds and Spaceports & Spidersilk (2016-2020). He has published poetry in Aphelion, The Vampire’s Crypt, Tales of the Talisman, Bloodbond, Illumen, Scifaikuest, Star*Line, Tales from the Moonlit Path, and two Lester Smith Halloween anthologies (2000-2021).

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