The Ladies of Horror
Picture-Prompt Writing Challenge!
by Marge Simon
Spilled drinks, broken glass
O god what he did to her face!
a stream of bloodied tears
He did it with his penknife,
gauging out her eye,
carved his name upon her breasts,
puncturing her lungs when he was done,
(he hadn’t meant to go that far).
To him, she seems so freshly dead;
everywhere he goes, she’s there,
no doors can keep her out.
Her image dances in his lens,
drives him fair insane.
He selects a grapefruit spoon,
(the one with roses in relief,
one of a set, a wedding gift),
to ruin his own two eyes,
fainting from the pain.
Blind, he stands trial,
claiming he sees her still,
right up to when they pull the switch,
he swears she’s sitting in his lap,
all smiles, waiting for the end.
Fiction © Copyright Marge Simon
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More from Marge Simon:
The title of this collection sets you up for the surprise of lyrical stories of victimizations with unexpected endings for the villains. Be ready to have your heart opened and cheer for perceived victims, human (made and unmade) and other life forms, victorious in the hands of these two award-winning poets. —Linda D. Addison, award-winning author, HWA Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and SFPA Grand Master.
Across histories and cultures and from Auschwitz to Babylon this book leaves you questioning who are the victims, and regardless of your conclusion you’re likely to get throat-punched. This is horror where everyone has a knife, and is ready to deliver this message: “Remember, you are always guilty. —Herb Kauderer, author of Fragments from the Book of the After-Dead.
Simon and Turzillo have only gone and startled me again. What a collection! Brutal. Beautiful. This quiver of poems strikes with the unflinching truth of persecution and oppression as seen through the lens of feminism. Prepare to come away bruised and yet strangely bolstered by Victims, a symphony of sadness orchestrated by two masters of dark poetry. —Lee Murray, Bram Stoker and Shirley Jackson Award-winner.
This is one of the braver dark poetry collections I’ve seen in a while. Horror poets generally employ victims in their work, but the focus is generally on the Evil. Turning the camera the other way is unusual, unsettling, emotionally risky, and surprisingly effective. From their stark opening take on Pygmalion, to the ending poem about the wasted life of Stateira of Persia, this powerful collection teases apart an impressive number of the threads of victimhood. Some are the usual cases, but quite a few are surprises, or reversals, or cases with unexpected layers. There is nothing repetitive about this collection. —Timons Esaias, winner of the Asimov’s Readers’ Award and the Winter Anthology Contest