Horror Haiku Poetry
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Return of the Horror Haiku

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Hey there, horror fans.

A while ago, I posted a series of Horror Haikus which I wrote way back in 2017. I hinted that there were more in storage in the back of my brain (but mostly on old Apple note files, which I dread to organize), and I’ve finally dusted some of them off. Though I don’t write much horror haiku anymore (it was a ‘thing’ five years ago, trust me), I thought I’d let this batch see the light of day. After all, they’re not doing anyone any good, just moldering away, so I hope you enjoy them. Reading them again after all these years, I now realize they’re not as bad as I thought they were, and I’m even bizarrely proud of some of them. Maybe I should have shared them five years ago (they were intended for Instagram) but I hope, reading them all in one sitting like this, they won’t make you cringe too badly, dear readers.

I should note that most of these pieces are based on movies and properties I unashamedly love, and have consistently loved since childhood, so a saccharine nostalgia might seep through the spaces between the words. For that, you’ll just have to forgive me.

So, for better or worse, here they are. The Longbox of Darkness’s “Brief Obsession With Horror Haiku Part II!”

This was my second ever horror film, right after seeing David Cronenberg’s The Brood. It instantly became one of the best things ever, in my mind. I still watch it frequently and it chills me every time. Bless you, Richard Donner.

One of the first horror films I saw with a group of friends way back in 1983 or so on a Betamax cassette. Experiencing their reactions was a revelatory experience for me. Horror is so much more fun with friends! Also, you don’t have to walk home alone at night.

The greatest sci-fi horror film of all time. I couldn’t NOT write a haiku about it.

My favorite Stephen King novel and the TV movie adaptation is one of my favorite films too. An eerie dread oozes from every pore of this story. I never, ever tire of it.

Marty was one of my favorite characters as a kid, and this movie was a go-to watch for my sister and me whenever we stayed up late at night. I still watch it at least once a year, and it still holds up.

My personal favorite horror film. This movie transformed my mind like it physically transformed Seth into Brundlefly. It never fails to disturb me. Thank you for 30-odd years of nightmares, Cronenberg.

Not strictly horror, but David Lynch’s DUNE certainly horrified ME as a kid. I bought the books (and the action figures) soon after seeing the movie in 1985, and have loved the franchise ever since.

A second attempt at a Dune haiku, since I wasn’t quite satisfied with the previous piece. This one is only slightly better.

The greatest film of all time. I kid you not. It is the Citizen Kane of the fantasy set. A masterpiece. A MASTERPIECE!

The ultimate 80s feel-good film that you can watch with your friends from yesteryear. Trust me, you’ll feel like a kid again. Also, it featured drive-in movie theaters, secret tree fort clubhouses, and old-world monsters. What’s not to love?

I must have rented this film a hundred times as a kid. Not only were the characters and story compelling, but it also had a kickass boardwalk with a massive video store and the greatest comic book shop ever filmed. Plus, as a twelve-year-old, I fell hopelessly in love with Star (Jami Gertz). Swoon.

This movie haunts my dreams. What a beautiful masterpiece by Guillermo Del Toro. Immortality is not all it’s cracked up to be, is it?

Finally, here’s a Sin City Haiku, which is actually the first Haiku I ever wrote. Since this post represents the final haikus that I have in my ledger (there are no more unless I miraculously reinvigorate my urge to write some) I thought it would be fitting to end with it. Here it is:

You’ll only get this haiku if you’ve seen the film or read the comic, and if you haven’t yet, then I ask you WHY THE HELL NOT??

Just kidding. Sincerely, thanks for reading, horror lovers. I hope you got some enjoyment from these brain snippets, paltry though they may be.

*If you would like to leave a comment, please do so, even if it is to criticize my sordid attempts at verse. Remember to subscribe to the blog for future posts, and if you’ve ever dabbled in horror haiku or poetry in general, share some of your own! With your permission, I’d love to feature them on the blog.

Pleasant screams, readers.


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On my fifth birthday a relative gifted me a black box filled with old horror, war, and superhero comics. On that day, my journey through the Weird began, and The Longbox of Darkness was born. Four decades of voracious reading later, and here we are.