SINS OF THE
Boston is the author of thirty-two books and chapbooks, including
the novel Stained Glass Rain and the best-of fiction collection,
Masque of Dreams. His stories and poems have appeared in
hundreds of publications, including Asimov's Science Fiction,
Amazing Stories, The Twilight Zone, Realms of Fantasy,
Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, and the Nebula Awards
Showcase. His awards include a Pushcart Prize for fiction and
the Grand Master Award of the Science Fiction Poetry Association.
For more information, including a bibliography and links to online
publications, please visit http://hometown.aol.com/bruboston.
I DARED TO sleep in my fathers' bed,
Fashioned from the depth of primeval needs,
Spirits of the night whirled through my head,
Evil things in
capes the unconscious breeds,
Spawned in darkness, raised to curry fright,
shapes with bloodstained claws,
who never know the light,
Silencing my screams
with suffocating paws;
And though I arose when day cleared the air,
A rictus from
the past enveloped my features.
On the city streets
the decent people stare,
For now I embody
these shadow bound creatures
From the raucous depths of Hell's unholy din,
and revenants ... devils' kin!
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