This poem was inspired by Halloween, in the sense that we trust a dangerous unchecked world with our children. I wanted to create a character that was mostly unseen and quiet but frighteningly lethal to encounter. A character that embodied all the known fears from childhood.

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According to widely circulated reports, in the 1940’s, multiple ships traversing the straits of Malacca picked up an SOS distress signal from the Dutch freighter, SS Ourang Medan. The ship’s message was simple and disturbing: “All officers including captain are dead, lying in chartroom and bridge. Possibly whole crew dead.” This communication was followed by […]

fear (noun) An unpleasant emotion caused by the threat of danger, pain, or harm. There are two powerful aspects to fear: The more scared you feel, the scarier things will seem. Fear dictates the actions you take. Entire countries have been thrown into war because of fear. Most people are primed to fear something. So […]