A Modern Horror Story …
The house was old and crumbling,
The rafters cracked and bowed.
The furniture would be antique
If it ever got to show.
Some said the house was haunted,
And you know how rumours spread.
The eerie house upon the hill
Filled with the ghosts of dead.
The old man hunkered on the floor,
Trapped in an upstairs room.
Not anybody’s prisoner,
But it pained him just to move.
The house was big but mostly dark.
The only light shone from this room
And through an upper window
To light the outside gloom.
A figure passing on the road
On this dark and stormy night
Stared up at the rundown house
And saw the window’s light.
He crept up to the carved wood door,
Rapped upon it with the knocker.
No answer was there from within…
.. what follows is a shocker!
The brass knob turned, it wasn’t locked,
The door, creaking, opened wide.
He whispered, “Anybody home?”
Then slowly stepped inside.
He shrugged his sodden jacket off
Then walked around the room,
As his eyes adjusted to the dark
And the atmosphere of doom.
The old man heard the creaking door,
He cried out, “Who goes there?”
But the only answer that he got –
Heavy footsteps on the stairs.
The bedroom door swung open,
The old man’s eyes grew wide.
In a wheezing voice, he croaked,
“What are you doing here?”
Then there was a wracking cough
And a fever-induced moan.
“It’s me, Papa,” soothed the younger man,
“You don’t have to die alone!”
The Horror of Our Times
Sometimes, real-life events can overshadow any attempt at fictional horror. That takes a lot because the mind is capable of conjuring up some pretty scary and freaky stuff. However, there has seldom been a time that so many countries and people have been as concerned and fearful of a situation as that we currently find ourselves in.
There have been some serious viruses and diseases that have attacked the world before e.g. The Spanish Flu, The Black Plague, Ebola, SARS etc. but, in my lifetime at least, there has been nothing to rival this current Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Countries closing their border, grounding flights and cruise ships, closing businesses, restricting gatherings to two people, and confining people to their homes just boggles the mind.
I just hope this real-life horror story has an ending where the “monster, demon, evil” is defeated.
John Hansen 2020
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