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Gregory E. Lucas: Take a Look

Art by Ann Marie Rhiel 2022

Take a Look

 by Gregory E. Lucas



Take a look—a ruined rural house:

alone, at twilight, way up on a hill,

paint-chipped shutters askew.

Night after night, its doors swing open 

on rusted hinges and bang closed.

Cats prowl the weedy yard and

gnarled oaks host owls and crows.


Abandoned a century ago,

strange shadows crawl up its

crumbling walls, and witches

glide through broken windowpanes.   


Listen, and you’ll hear screams.


Horned imps and winged wolves

arrive and step inside, but a few

linger on the warped porch

while dead men rise by the side

of the house, their torn flesh

ghastly hues in the moonbeams.


Spiders and rats

crawl on the attic’s rafters,

while shouts of agony mix with echoes

of insane laughter.


From its cracked ceiling,

a cobwebbed chandelier creaks

as it swings above dozens of ghosts

that dance and shriek.


Bats circle a wrecked chimney

amid swirls of clattering leaves.


Never mind the towering skeleton

that aims a spear at the half-human

creature on the floor, buzzing, glowing.

Why not step closer?

Why not enter?

A red-eyed zombie beckons while it staggers. 

Gregory E. Lucas lives on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina where he writes fiction and poetry. His short stories and poems have appeared in past issues of Yellow Mama and in many other magazines such as The Horror Zine, Dark Dossier, and The Literary Hatchet.

Ann Marie Rhiel is the Assistant Art Director for Yellow Mama Webzine. She was born and raised in Bronx, New York, presently living in New Jersey. She reconnected with her passion for art in 2016 and has had her work exhibited in art galleries around northern New Jersey ever since. She is a commissioned painting artist, who also enjoys photography. Her work has also appeared in Black Petals and Megazine Official.

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2022