Black Petals Issue #97, Autumn, 2021

The Fall of Vampire Hunters
Editor's Page
BP Artist's Page
BP Guidelines
Mars-News, Views and Commentary
A World of Sensations-Fiction by Michael Dority
Goddess Deva-Fiction by David Starobin
Hunting Ground-Fiction by N. G. Leonetti
Love Letters-Fiction by S. J. Townend
No Content Available-Fiction by Richard Brown
Phantom Smell-Fiction by Daniel G. Snethen
Predatory Peepers-Fiction by Cindy Rosmus
The Visit-Fiction by B. E. Nugent
The Working Man-Fiction by Christopher Hivner
The Extermination-Fiction By Dominique K. Pierce
Win-A-Burger-Fiction by Glenn Dungan
Counting Time-Flash Fiction by Ramon F. Irizarri
Terry and the Techo-Frog-Flash Fiction by Hillary Lyon
The Epistolean-Flash Fiction by Harris Coverly
Labelled Rocks-Flash Fiction by Holden Zuras
Along Side of the Road-Poem by Kenneth Vincent Walker
Beneath the Weeping Willow-Poem by Kenneth Vincent Walker
Half-Life-Poem by Kenneth Vincent Walker
Liquid Darkness-Poem by Kenneth Vincent Walker
Lost-Poem by Carl E. Reed
Succubus Seductress-Poem by Carl E. Reed
The Crime of Frankenstein-Poem by Carl E. Reed
Brother's Keeper-Poem by Cassandra O'Sullivan Sachar
Razor Beak-Poem by Jessica Heron
The Fall of Vampire Hunters-Poem by Matthew Wilson

The Fall of Vampire Hunters

Matthew Wilson



I can’t stand the scent of popcorn

I was a child when it happened

When daddy took me to the circus

To watch the vampire fight the hunter.


Of course the fellow was no Van Helsing

He was a bum who missed his bill

And to make back their money

Management put an old cloak on him.


For a round or two the vampire danced

Whipping the crowd up into a fever

Making their own bets of the winner

Before he leapt and fed on the fellow.


So now I cannot stand the smell of popcorn

And sometimes this old man can sleep

But there is always the possibility of bad dreams

Of hearing a crowd roar when the match begins anew.

Matthew Wilson has been published repeatedly in Star*Line, Night to dawn Magazine, Zimbell House Publishing and many more. He is currently editing his first novel and can be found on twitter @matthew94544267

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