Archive for September, 2017

Dissections 4

Posted: September 26, 2017 in Uncategorized


A free collection of dark poems by Joseph Pinto​ is available to read at Pen of the Damned blog.

Pen of the Damned




he lived to see another day
that poor prick’s heart
still beating within his chest
he’d stolen it with dull blade
a disloyal hand
devoured it;
consumed joyously all his own.

the last remnants not
the crimson dripping from chin
as some would have you believe
but the jackhammer thud
of stolen essence
screaming bloody murder
from between his ribs.


empty, still you try

my bones gleam
my eyes ache
as your unwavering light
searches across my pores.

you curse my resolve
while you continue your
when will you learn my veins dried
a long time ago.


mercy killing

do you remember that day you shushed me?
silk finger on my lips stilling
my pulse
clouds fell and you
caught them, dabbed
tears from my eyes, stole the
sun’s rays, stabbed them
through my heart.
mercy killing, so was whispered
still i,
i could not talk…

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Damned Words 23

Posted: September 6, 2017 in Uncategorized


Here’s a free collection of flash horror fiction from authors Lee A. Forman​, Mark Steinwachs​, Christopher A Liccardi​, Veronica Magenta Nero​, John Potts​, Jon Olson​, Joseph Pinto​, Anita Stewart​, Nina D’Arcangela​, and myself on Pen of the Damned​.

Pen of the Damned

Ghosts of Judgement Bridge
Brian Moreland

Every October we relive the nightmare. The townsfolk march my three sisters and I to Judgment Bridge. Our hands bound behind our backs, we stand facing the fates of sinners. The angry mob chants, “Suffer the wicked!” Jabbing pitchforks force us to climb onto the rusted railing. Looking down, my sisters and I teeter over roaring river rapids. The hangman places nooses around our necks. Before he reaches Charlotte, she jumps and plunges into the rushing waters. Beside me, Gwen and Sylvie cry. We hold hands as we leap. The ropes snap our necks. We hang forever beside our parents.

Departing Obstruction
Lee A. Forman

Legends spoken in elder tongues told of the barrier. The forbidden land existed beyond. Kell desired secrets, discoveries, things unknown. To touch, feel, see…he’d return a hero. They’d sing of his journey for ages. Knowledge of the world gone…

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