Vernal Equinox 2003






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Bruce Boston

Bruce 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


JHEN 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,
                Ancient shadow shapes with bloodstained claws,
                Bestial apparitions 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,
                Demons, fiends and revenants ... devils' kin!



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