Scariest Sight

The power’s out
and chill sets in
as darkness fights,
sure to win.
A scream fills air,
once silent and still,
as your heart skips,
secretly loving the thrill.
Monsters aren’t real,
at least not seen,
but monsters exist
in more than just dreams.
A full moon may warn
but still you won’t see
the ghost of yesterday
that never should be.
The scariest sight
is one you know well;
look deep within
at your own deserved hell.

© Autumn Siders 2017

Halloween: The Musical

It is truly the most wonderful time of year! As a horror fanatic, there is no greater time to enjoy the ghouls, goblins, witches, vampires, zombies, and ghosts than in the fantastic month of October. It just so happens that this season is named after me too!

While my family has always decorated for the fantastic holiday known as Halloween, we have started a new tradition of filling our yard with creepy people. In fact, they have all become a part of the family. I filmed a quick video last year to send to my friend in Antarctica (hi, Aaaaamy!) since it was my daily goal when we were in college to scare her in any way imaginable. I decided to go with the theme of Christmas carols since it was the most wonderful time of the year. While I don’t know if she was quaking in her boots due to the cold or my video, I decided this year I should up the game.

This year we focus on musicals since what is life, or death, without music?

So, without further ado, here is said video for your viewing pleasure.

Horror Story

I am haunted by

the ghost of my past

who thought this was real

who thought this would last

but like so much in the world,

the illusion was strong

and the feelings were fake

and the moment was wrong

and now I must live with

the demons I’ve spawned

pretending that I’ll make it

after the morning has dawned.

© Autumn Siders 2016

Howlloween

Drip, Drip, Drip…

The sound filled Xavier’s head as he slowly woke to find himself on the ground in his backyard. The closer he came back into reality, the more his body filled with dread. He opened his eyes and instantly his head ached like nothing he had ever felt before. He shut his eyes quickly and welcomed the darkness yet again. He dared not move knowing that if just opening his eyes hurt that badly, he most likely wouldn’t want to try anything drastic like standing.

The dripping, more ominous than just a leaky faucet, served a constant reminder that whatever terrible thing had put Xavier in this situation was nearby and yet just out his mental reach. Struggling to bring any memories to the forefront, Xavier squeezed his eyes tighter and hoped that a glimmer of hope would find its way through. The harder he tried, the blurrier the memories got.

He remembered running out to the store to get his pregnant wife a pint of Ben & Jerry’s©. He remembered buying three different flavors at the convenience store. He remembered driving like a maniac with the AC blasting to get back to his house in order to prevent the ice cream from melting in the sweltering heat. He remembered seeing the front door of his house ajar when he returned. OH, GOD!

Xavier bolted up causing his head to spin and as he took a few steps towards the house and under the willow tree he stumbled and then slid landing hard on his elbow. He heard a pop and then the pain in his head seemed to disappear as a whole new level of pain seared through his right arm. He attempted to push himself up with his left arm but the second he placed his hand on the ground he felt it slip away in a warm liquid. With the full moon, it was not dark enough to conceal the fact that he had landed in a pool of blood.

Grimacing, Xavier crawled onto a dry part of the grass and struggled to his feet. They only thing that mattered now was finding Molly. He ran into the house,

“MOLLY? MOLLY?” There was no answer. He began tearing the house apart and running from room to room. Nothing looked out of place, but Molly was nowhere to be found. It seemed impossible to panic any more than he had been, but he was definitely reaching his limit. His head hurt, his arm hurt, and his chest hurt. He tried to think of why his chest hurt when he saw the ice cream sitting on the counter. He had to have been in the house already. “MOLLY? WHERE ARE YOU?” Still no answer and his chest began to throb. He pulled his shirt down and saw four deep claw marks. “What the fuck?” This was most definitely his limit.

Xavier ran out the back door looking for some clue as to how he ended up back there and where Molly was. He stepped onto the patio and looked up at the willow tree to see the most terrifying sight he had ever seen. His neighbor was hanging from the tree with his entrails weeping out of him. He doubled over and threw up. Just as he wiped his mouth with the back of his left hand he heard someone behind him. He straightened up and looked at the face of his wife. She smiled and showed a mouthful of fangs and said,

“Hey, Babe. Dinner’s ready.”

© Autumn Siders 2015

 

#tbt

Beware of things that go bump in the night,

the knocks on your door that give you a fright.

Witches and goblins are on the prowl

and you can hear the werewolves howl.

Vampires, bats, and pumpkins too

they are only coming to visit you.

The knock on your door is them you see,

a much better visit than one from me.

© Autumn Siders circa 2000

It’s Not Easy Being Supernatural

With my favorite holiday around the corner, I decided to take some time to think about the scary beings we associate with the holiday. I always try to see the good and bad of any situation, so here are some pros and cons in case you ever find yourself bitten by one of these individuals.

Zombie

Pros Cons
People fear you! You smell like death
You have an excuse for clumsiness People are always trying to shoot you
You know how to carry on even when falling apart It’s really slow getting around

Vampire

Pros Cons
You can’t die You are dead
You are better qualified for the night shift (which pays better!) Probably should avoid the beach on a sunny day
You get fangs You will most likely bite yourself with said fangs while adjusting

Werewolf

Pros Cons
You can smell really well You can smell really well
Shaving is pointless Every bone in your body breaks once a month
You can howl at the moon You can hear when people talk about you behind your back