“The Listeners” by Walter de la Mare

A haunting poem about those you can’t see but are always listening. No, not the Feds. Find the Haunt on Facebook and Twitter at @HalloweenHaunt . More poetry can be found at TheHalloweenHaunt.com.

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“Remains from the Past” by Grigor Iliev (from Soundclick.com)

“A New Morning” by Persona (from MacJams.com)

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Ambrose Bierce’s “A Cold Greeting”

Friendship can be a strange thing. What happens when it seems that a friendship…dies? You can be my friend, especially on the social media, like Twitter at @HalloweenHaunt and on Facebook, where I confess I only have a page you can like, not “friend” me. But we can pretend, right? Hear more gothic fiction from Ambrose Bierce and more at TheHalloweenHaunt.com.

Read along at Legends of America.


“Remains from the Past” by Grigor Iliev (from Soundclick.com)

“The Dance of Halloween” by Sam Haynes from “Something Wicked–Halloween and Horror Music for Halloween 2016”

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“Haunted” and “The Raven’s Tomb” by Walter de la Mare

Our first poems from Walter de la Mare are clearly spooky, just look at the titles. Much more poetry, stories and other Halloween frightfulness at TheHalloweenHaunt.com. That’s also where you can help keep the Halloween Haunt online. Find other angles of the Haunt on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt and on our Facebook page.

Read along if you’d like, “The Haunted” and “The Raven’s Tomb”. Much more poetry can be found at Public-Domain-Poetry.com.


Nocturne by Ekho

“Quinn’s Song: A New Man” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

“The Pyre” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

Music by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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“Because I Could Not Stop for Death” by Emily Dickinson

It’s hard to believe, but I have never featured this great poet in the Haunt. I remedy this with a lovely ditty about heading into the afterlife. See you on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt, on Facebook, and Google+. Tell me what poems and stories you want to hear at TheHalloweenHaunt.com.

Read along and find more poetry at Poets.org.


“Nervous” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

“Two Souls in the Darkness” by Tony Longworth from “Dead In Love original soundtrack”
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“The City in the Sea” by Edgar Allan Poe

It’s not the land of Aquaman or Sub-Mariner. This city in the sea is decidedly morbid. Enjoy. Tell us your favorite Poe, and possibly find it at HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com. Make sure you circle our Google+ page, like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt.

Read the classic for yourself at EAPoe.org.


“Nervous” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

“Relent” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

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“The Oviparous Tailor” by Thomas Lovell Beddoes

Oviparous means laying eggs, more or less. I’ll let you look up tailor. The mind of Mr. Beddoes was always on overdrive–before overdrive existed.  Somebody should write a movie based on this poem. Find more gothic poetry, fiction and history on HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com. You can also find the Haunt on Facebook.  Google+. and Twitter @HalloweenHaunt.

Read along on Phantom Wooer: The Thomas Lovell Beddoes Website.


Classic Horror 1” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

“Scarecrows” by Sam Haynes from the album “Welcome to the Horror Show”
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“Staley Fleming’s Hallucination” by Ambrose Bierce

Our friend Ambrose Bierce has another tale of the weird. Pass along your thoughts and favorite authors/pieces at  HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com. Don’t forget our Twitter feed @HalloweenHaunt and our Facebook page.

Read the story yourself here.


“Lasting Hope” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

“The Mad Scientist” by David Chochoi (from Soundclick.com)

“Pale Rider” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

“65. Piano Darkation” by tschai (from Soundclick.com)

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Two from Thomas Lovell Beddoes

We again descend into the dark mind of Mr. Beddoes with two poems: “To Night” and “Voices in the Air.” Share your favorite at Twitter @HalloweenHaunt, on Facebook, and on HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com.

Read “To Night” or “Voices in the Air” yourself.

Learn about, and perhaps join, the Thomas Lovell Beddoes Society.

Background music:

“Femme” by the Tempest Brothers

“Wounded” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

“Serpentine Trek” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

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“What the Moon Brings” by H. P. Lovecraft

We delve into the fantastically frightening, with a dreadfully influential author of odd, H. P. Lovecraft. What’s your favorite Lovecraft story? Let us know on Facebook, on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt, and at HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com.

If you want to read the story for yourself, Wikisource has you covered.


“Parle Moi” by Day OFF (from Garageband.com)

“Zona de Truenos” by Hollywood Haunts from “Halloween – El DÃ�a Del Muerto!” (INTROSOUND)
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“Alchemist’s Tower” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

“The Hive” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

“Ghostpocalypse – 7” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

“Final Count” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

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“The Vampiress” by Lord Lytton

We begin this season with a chilling poem by Lord Lytton, an exceedingly popular British author and poet. Tell us what your favorite poem or story is at HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com, on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt, and on Facebook.

If you would like to read “The Vampiress,” you can. Be careful, though, there is a picture of a vampiress that resembles Vampirella.

Learn more about Lord Lytton from Wikipedia.com.

Background Music:

“Wounded” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

“Death by Guillotine” by DJ Daddio

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“The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe

Presented in its entirety, this is the longest episode so far from the Halloween Haunt. Thank you for pushing me to do it, Natalie. Let us know what you think on Facebook, Twitter @HalloweenHaunt and HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com.

For your own reading, you can turn to The Poe Museum, which is in Richmond, VA.

Mr. Poe was finally given a proper funeral, 16o years after his death. I meant to do an episode on it. I may, still, next year.

Music includes:

“Remains from the Past” by Grigor Iliev (from Soundclick.com)

“Prayers for the Dying” by Chamber of Sorrows (from Soundclick.com)

“Gagool” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

“Depression” by Twilight Productions

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“The Haunted Beach” by Mary Darby Robinson

There were so many great women Gothic writers, that it is about time that we present a piece from one: Mary Darby Robinson. This one will work in summer, too, when you need a little dreariness. Please share your favorite poems and stories at our Facebook page or Twitter @HalloweenHaunt and of course, HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com.

The University of Pennsylvania provided the text and has a nice biography of Ms. Robinson.


Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” by classicala (from Soundclick.com)

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Thomas Lovell Beddoes’ Poem, “The Phantom-Wooer”

The moon is making me feel romantic, so I present a poem by Thomas Lovell Beddoes entitled, “The Phantom-Wooer.” Full shownotes at HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com, and please let us know if this made you feel romantic.

To find out more about the sad life of Mr. Beddoes, please check the Literary Gothic.

I found this poem in this book.


Gargoyle” by Sean Timms (from GarageBand.com)

Tempest” by the Brothers Femme

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Thomas Lovell Beddoes’ “Dream of Dying”

More poetry, this time from the dark and twisted mind of Thomas Lovell Beddoes, a favorite gothic poet. It makes us feel simply horrible. Please tell us how this poem affects you at HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com.

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