A horror poem by John Grey, escorted by Kiki Ren’s creepy AI creations.

Written by John Grey
Art by Kiki Ren


Her eyelids remain closed,

as her teeth

chomp down on her thumb.

She’s adorned in a yellowed

crumbling wedding dress.

Something crawls across

her ratty gray hair.

The air inside her house

is like a tropical greenhouse,

thick and steamy,

basted with the cloying smell

of orchards in bud.

And the light is soiled green

like it was filtered through

an abandoned aquarium tank.

Beside the ancient couch

on which she lolls,

a plant

with leaves like rancid meat

reaches out

to pat her rouged-up cheek.

Her dead husband sits beside her,

head on her shoulder.

His face is a sluggish mask

that’s slowly peeling away.

About the Author

John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident, recently published in Stand, Washington Square Review and Floyd County Moonshine. Latest books, “Covert” “Memory Outside The Head” and “Guest Of Myself” are available through Amazon. Work upcoming in the McNeese Review, Santa Fe Literary Review and Open Ceilings

About the Artist

Kiki is best described as 45% Elvira, 45% Dolly Parton, and 10% Danny Devito. Though she’s always been a lover of all forms of art, technology has always been her forte. She studied computer science for four years before dropping out and coasting through life in various retail management positions. That’s until she found her true calling: being an embarrassment to her family online. When she’s not whipping up websites or blessing the world with memes and generative art she’s hunting for oddities at thrift stores or reading the most disturbing pieces of experimental fiction she can find.

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