Aphelion Issue 268, Volume 25
December 2021
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Darkest Possession

by Alexis Child

Ghouls and ghosts fill us with fright
As we sit alone
Under skeletal trees
Where winds scream defeat
Into dismal night
Here are the horrors
That haunt our past

In the air is a chill
That stirs the blood
A strong shadow approaches
Bending the weak light
Of night around

In the temper of the monster's mind
I am defenseless as I totter to the ground
Breath like steely knives pierces my neck
I struggle to resist his dangerous grip
But in deepest dying I feel the vampire's kiss

Darkness shoots across the sky
And once or twice we hear him cry
What shape has come to us
With a mouth so sweet and poisonous
And tortured hands so pale
Eyes so red and blind?

Yet the strong heart loves me so
As the wind grows chill and cold
He comforts me with his love
And spellbound I hold my breath
With frozen lips in this living death

"His eyes have feasted on the dead
And dark and sinister his mouth," they said
"As blood in moonlight is."
With whisperings and wails of pain
Silence falls again and again

© 2021 Alexis Child. All rites reserved until the worms crawl in…

Alexis Child hails from Toronto, Canada; home to dreams and nightmares. She worked at a Call Crisis Center befriending demons of the mind that roam freely amongst her writings. Alexis once lived with a Calico-cat child sleuthing all that went bump in the night and is haunted by the memory of her cat. She has had a small measure of underground success with her gothic rock and darkwave bands in the past. Alexis is currently working on her second poetry collection and starving in the garret with her muse. A starving child is a frightful sight. A starving vampire is even worse. Please donate non-perishable food items and B-negative blood (and make it a double!).

Her fiction has been featured in Danse Macabre, Schlock, Screams of Terror, and U.K.’s Dark of Night Magazine. Her poetry has been featured in numerous online and print publications, including Aphelion, Black Petals, Blood Moon Rising Magazine, Grotesque, The Horror Zine, The Sirens Call and elsewhere. Alexis' first collection of poetry, a dark and sinister slice of the macabre, Devil In The Clock, is now available on Amazon.

Visit her website: http://www.angelfire.com/poetry/alexischild/ and her YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCg6S5u4yX73kA1ZWGnKaEBA/videos

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