Souls Adrift Richard H. Fay


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Post June 04, 2011, 01:41:43 PM

Souls Adrift Richard H. Fay

Haunting.

Yet it is not horror, nor religious.

Perceived faintly is a good place to start. How faintly depends on the peson's decisions. What of a Hermit? What of a media superstar?
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Post June 05, 2011, 10:43:42 PM

Re: Souls Adrift Richard H. Fay

Faintly perceived as a slight draught, a static tingle, a feeble touch. Faintly perceived as a soft footstep, a barely perceptible rustle, a nearly inaudible murmur. Faintly perceived as a swift shadow on the edge of vision, as a darting orb streaming out of sight, as a pallid shape slipping through the mist.

This poem was intended to be paranormal/supernatural in nature. Such things may be lumped into the horror category, although the emotion I tried to evoke isn't so much horror or terror as it is haunted sadness, cold loneliness, and sombre wretchedness.

Perhaps, by the definition given in the HWA's article about "What is Horror?":
http://www.horror.org/horror-is.htm
this poem is indeed not horror, because it elicits the wrong emotions to be true horror. If that is the case, I'll call it "dark speculative" instead.

No, the poem isn't necessarily religious, but it is spiritual, in the sense that it's about spirits, specifically spirits adrift in the material plane (or something like that).

By the way, this is a fun one to read at readings, if read in an appropriately-spooky voice. It even elicited a "wow" one time I read it at an open mic.
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Post June 09, 2011, 03:42:34 AM

Re: Souls Adrift Richard H. Fay

RHFay wrote:
By the way, this is a fun one to read at readings, if read in an appropriately-spooky voice.


MAy I offer the following then?

http://taophoenix.babblehost.com/Souls% ... 0Edit1.mp3
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Post June 10, 2011, 10:34:12 PM

Re: Souls Adrift Richard H. Fay

Yeah, that works!
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