2009 Halloween Poetry Reading
edited by Liz Bennefeld

Jacks - Karen Romanko photo
Karen Romanko

Fungal Eyes - Rich Martens photoFungal Eyes
Rich Martens

Old Courthouse Way - Lyn C. A. Gardner photoOld Courthouse Way
Lyn C. A. Gardner

Alien Life - Liz Bennefeld photoAlien Life
Liz Bennefeld

Haunted House - Julia Rios photoHaunted House
Julia Rios

Shroom - David C. Kopaska-Merkel photoShroom
David C. Kopaska-Merkel

Winged Skull Stone - Julia Rios photoWinged Skull Stone
Julia Rios

Hanging Around - Liz Bennefeld photoHanging Around
Liz Bennefeld

Cemetery - Julia Rios photoCemetery
Julia Rios

Ophelia's Moon - Liz Bennefeld photoOphelia's Moon
Liz Bennefeld

Forest - Liz Bennefeld photoForest
Liz Bennefeld

Graveside Trees - Julia Rios photoGraveside Trees
Julia Rios

"Rildix Falls"
by Lyn C. A. Gardner
MP3 File (3 MB)

First published in Contemporary Rhyme 2.1, Winter 2005. Catalog librarian by day, Lyn coedits the quarterly journal Virginia Libraries. Visit gardnercastle.com.


"Ariadne's Thank-You Note"
by Gwynne Garfinkle
MP3 File (1 MB)

Originally published in Space and Time Magazine, Issue 107. Visit gwynnegarfinkle.com.


"The Golem of Red Bean Paste"
by Peg Duthie
MP3 File (2.1 MB)

Written for the 2009 SFPA Halloween Reading. Visit Peg at nashpanache.com and her blog.


"O. D."
by J. C. Runolfson
Warning: Adult Content
MP3 File (3.8 MB)

First published, in both text and audio format, in the Winter 2009 issue of Goblin Fruit. Visit her website at seajules.livejournal.com.


"Dr. Holt's House of Hormones"
by Karen A. Romanko
WAV File (1.3 MB)

First appeared in Aberrant Dreams, October 2008. Please visit Raven Electrick Ink for more information about Karen A. Romanko's projects.


"The Armadillos of Castle Dracula"
by David Lee Summers
MP3 File (2.8MB)

Written for the 2009 SFPA Halloween Poetry Reading. Learn more at davidleesummers.com.


"She's in the Ice"
by David C. Kopaska-Merkel
MP3 File (975KB)

Published originally in Strange Horizons 5/18/09. Visit the Dreams and Nightmares Magazine blog.


"Casual Friday"
by Marcie Lynn Tentchoff
MP3 File (1.4MB)

First published in the March/April 2009 issue of Star*Line.


"O is for October"
by Stephen M. Wilson
MP3 File (1.0MB)

First appeared in the anthology Wicked Karnival: Halloween Horror (2005) and was nominated for a Rhysling Award.


by Mary Turzillo
MP3 File (3.1MB)

Originally appeared in Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet and subsequently in Mary's Your Cat & Other Space Aliens (vanzenopress.com/author_turzillo.htm). For more information, see maryturzillo.com.


by Geoffrey A. Landis
MP3 File (1.8MB)

First published in Asimov's Science Fiction, Oct./Nov. 2009. For more information, visit geoffreylandis.com.


"Opening Scenes fo a Universal Horror Film"
by John S. Tumlin
MP3 File (1.8MB)

First appeared in the Sept./Oct. 2008 issue of Star*Line. John's poetry has also appeared in Aoife's Kiss, Illumen, and elsewhere.


"A Bloody Baker's Dozen"
by G. O. Clark
MP3 File (2.7MB)

Published in Gary's poetry collection, Mortician's Tea (Sam's Dot Publishing, 2009). For more, see Clark's website.


"Dead Air"
by Julia Rios
MP3 File (685 KB)

Written for the SFPA 2009 Halloween Reading. You may find Julia online at juliarios.com.


"Ophelia's Moon"
by Ann K. Schwader
MP3 File (1 MB)

First appeared in The Worms Remember (Hive Press, 2001). Visit Ann's website or her LiveJournal, Yaddith Times, for more information about her work and links to other poems published online.


"Halloween at the End of the Universe"
by Elizabeth W. Bennefeld
MP3 File (1.2MB)

Written for SFPA's 2009 Halloween Poetry Reading. Liz has coordinated SFPA's Halloween event since its inception in 2006. Please visit her website for more poetry and photos, or drop by her Quiet Spaces LJ.


"A Crisis of Forest"
by Sandra Lindow
MP3 File (2.1MB)

Originally published in the October/November issue of Asimov's. You are invited to visit her website.


by F.J. Bergmann
MP3 File (142KB)

In the Vampyr Verse anthology (Popcorn Press, Hallowe'en 2009). Information about F.J. Bergmann and her writing can be found at fibitz.com.

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