We celebrate on October 7 because Edgar Allan Poe, one of the darkest of all poets, died a mysterious and tragic death this day in 1849. That’s pretty dark.
So today, let your morbid impulses run free and wild across your keyboard. Let your nightmares drink ink and vomit it back up on your paper. Free your monsters and make them sing poems. Today is the day for tragic verse to honor one of our finest. He put the Poe in poetry.
Share your darkness! Please use #nationaldarkpoetryday for any posts on any social media sites. If you also tag HWA on Twitter (@HorrorWriters), the HWA will share your posts to the best of their ability.
To purchase a commemorative t-shirt (or tote bag!) with the official National Dark Poetry Day artwork (by the fabulous Cat Scully), please go here: http://catscullyart.com/…/28477562-national-dark-poetry-day…
And, since I wouldn’t be celebrating properly without posting my own dark poem, here is Moloch Dreams, originally published in the HWA Poetry Showcase Vol. 5 (2018).