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Saturday, October 2, 2010

Horror Haiku Challenge

Pretty soon here on Book Rat we're going to have a lovely little interview with Ryan Mecum, author of the Horror Haiku books Zombie Haiku, Vampire Haiku and Werewolf Haiku.  So I thought it would be fun to have a little Horror Haiku Challenge.

A haiku is a poem with three lines, the first with five syllables, the second line with seven syllables and the third line with five syllables.  Of course there's more to it than that, but for our purposes, that's all you need to know.  That, and it needs to reflect the Helluva Halloween spirit.  It can be from a monster point of view, it can be a retelling of your favorite scary story, it can just be creepy and gross -- whatever inspires you.

For example, Ryan Mecum gives these delicious little tidbits in Zombie Haiku:

I keep saying "brains."
I remember other words,
but I just need one

Little old ladies
speed away in their wheelchairs,
frightened meals on wheels.

Everything I thought
tasted a lot like chicken
really tastes like man.

Simple, right?  Pretty cool, too.

Even cooler?  Every haiku you submit gets you an entry for my Helluva Halloween Grab Bag, which is filled to bursting with delightful and creeptacular Halloween goodies!

So put your Haiku Hats on and get monstering, my lovelies!!


  1. My haiku is entitled...The Situation

    The scariest thing
    That can go bump in the night
    Is from Jersey Shore

  2. It's the midnight hour
    Something wakes me from slumber
    Fangs pierce my white throat

  3. This is my first ever haiku, so here goes:

    Putrid rotting flesh
    Longing for your tasty brains
    Join me in undeath

  4. Mine is inspired by the book The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle.

    Bloody glinting teeth
    Please tell me I was dreaming
    I ate the monster

  5. Inspired by Thomas Fahy's YA novel Sleepless:

    the scariest dream
    is one that you can never
    escape, never wake.

  6. I've never made one before so i hope i made this right.

    You call me stupid.
    Shadowy vampire stirs
    Sparkling vampire dies.

  7. Mine is sort of lame but it's my first try, so hopefully I'll get better in the future... It's titled "Hungry":

    Brains are yummy stuff
    I wanna eat a whole bag
    and not gain a pound

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  9. I love Mrs De Raps's haiku! Giada's too.

  10. Hahahahaha, it took me a while to figure out what Vampires and Tofu meant with her first haiku... Geez, those guys are scary for sure, and I only watched a bit of the first episode.

  11. I absolutely loved Zombie Haiku. Er, and zombies. And Halloween. Life is ghoul in October!

  12. Brains are yummy food
    mouth-watering, sweetly true.
    Grey matter tastes good.

    This one sort of rhymes, he he he :D

  13. A creak on the stairs
    The sound of eerie laughter
    I need to hide now

  14. thump thump goes my heart
    thud thud thud it approaches
    make ready fi-re

  15. His metal claws screech
    His face is horribly scarred
    Freddy comes for you

    Inspired by Nightmare on Elm Street!

  16. It is the birthday
    Of feared and unwanted things
    Hidden in the mind

    Hope you like it.

  17. Ghosts are frightening
    And monsters even more so
    but you are the worst

    jlynettes @ hotmail . com

  18. My Name is, Paula James from Canada, i turn to a vampire any time i want to, I become a real vampire because of how people treat me, This world is a wicked world and not fair to any body. At the snack of my finger things are made happened. Am now a powerful vampire and no one step on me without an apology goes free. I turn to human being also at any time i want to. And am one of the most dreaded and respected person in my country. i am now also very famous and rich with the help of the VAMPIRES EMPIRE. i get what ever a want. i become a vampire through the help of my friend who introduce me into a vampire Kingdom by given me their email: jamessuccessfultemple45@gmail.com, if you want to become a powerful and a real vampire kindly contact the vampire kingdom on their email: jamessuccessfultemple45@gmail.com for help. it is real. Contact them today. jamessuccessfultemple45@gmail.com


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