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Art by Daniel Valentin © 2019

The Berserker Train

 

by Christopher Hivner

 

 

Jump off the tracks,

here comes the Berserker Train.

Listen to that whistle blow

with the screams

of the dying,

thrill at the sight

of the box cars

decorated with the bodies of the dead,

mouths propped open

in a never-ending

moan of pain.

The whistle blows again

as the train roars down the track

at a speed that smokes the wheels,

the conductor sitting in the engine

dark hood over his face,

his deep, rumbling laugh

rolling into the hillside,

thin white fingers at the controls

while small children

shovel the bones of their parents

into the stove.

At the other end

the caboose teeters

on the edge of derailment

filled with 100 clowns,

tongues torn from infants

braided into their hair,

machetes between their teeth,

they foam at the mouth

waiting for the train to stop

for another meat hunt.

The Berserker Train

is coming to your town

on rails covered in blood.

Listen for the screams

and then run.

They love the chase.

 

 

Christopher Hivner writes from a small town in Pennsylvania surrounded by books and the echoes of music. He has recently been published in Grievous Angel, Blood Moon Rising and Weird Reader. A collection of short stories, The Spaces Between Your Screams, was published by eTreasures Publishing. website: www.chrishivner.com, Facebook: Christopher Hivner - Author, Twitter: @Your_screams


Daniel Valentin is a young artist born in the Bronx, but raised in Jersey City. He has been in a number of musical theater productions throughout his academic career, from the 5th grade all the way up to college. Daniel has been in a few choirs and has even competed in the World Choir Olympics. He currently sings with Saint Peter's University Schola, the Saint Peter's University Choir. Having been a founding member of the choir, he has since been in 2 albums that are available on both Spotify and iTunes. At Saint Peter's University he received a Bachelors Degree in Biology. Daniel has been interested in the arts since very young, and particularly became interested in drawing, painting, and sculpting since having taken classes at Saint Peter's Preparatory School. He considers photography as a hobby, but hopes to one day get more involved with the art.

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