This poem was originally featured in the speculative fiction and poetry print anthology Dreams and Screams, published by Liquid Imagination Magazine in mid 2010. I wrote it in December of 2009 around the same time I wrote a couple of other little spec-fic poems that will show up on this site soon. I had a great time with this one as the cadence came to me immediately and I knew that would add to the overall hook and help make it more memorable. Fun Fact: the printed and digital versions contain an un-proofed typo in line 22. Totally my gaffe to own.
“Dream a Little Scream of Me”
by Brandon L. Rucker
Dream a little dream of me
When you sleep
I will creep
On your fears and superstitions
While you pray
I will play
I’m the lurker in your closet
Yes I can
Make you fear what lay in shadows
I’m the ghoul beneath your bed
I breed fright
When there’s no light
Fill you up with dread and doubt
Am I a lie
I’m the monster in your nightmares
That give you chills
Just dream a big ol’ scream for me
Then face the fears
That you hold dear
Copyright © 2009 by Brandon L. Rucker
Two of my short stories have been accepted for featured publication in the bizarro anthology Like Frozen Statues of Flesh, edited by Joe Jablonski. The anthology will be published in a couple of weeks by the Static Movement imprint (for which I am also editing an anthology, the forthcoming Local Heroes).
“All In A Day’s Work” is an absurdist piece of fiction that I originally wrote back in 1997 as a hoot inspired by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman’s Good Omens. My story follows a grim reaper on his first day on the job. The version that will be published is updated in spots and has an all-new ending that’s different from the original that has languished on my various hard drives the past thirteen years or so.
“The Underneath” is newer, written in 2009 and is certainly a bizarre piece of fiction dealing with a fella who has discovered a strange blemish on his skin that was not ever there previously. What happens after that discovery results in perhaps the strangest story I’ve ever written in my 18 years of fiction writing.
Like Frozen Statues of Flesh is the perfect home for these two pieces that would no doubt have had hard times finding homes due to their unorthodox stylings.
More on this later.
Best Left Buried: A Cursed Anthology about cursed objects and those who wield them, was recently published and is now available. The antholoy was lovingly compiled and edited by Gregory Miller (author of The Uncanny Valley: Tales from a Lost Town and Scaring the Crows: 21 Tales from Noon to Midnight) is now available from Static Movement on Amazon.
The first story featured is a little cursed tale authored by me called “Finder Kept” about what happens when an otherworldly trinket falls into the wrong hands.
Here’s a brief excerpt from “Finder Kept”:
A few moments ago a man had come running through the alley. It seemed pretty obvious that he had been pursued by someone as he kept glancing behind him like someone being chased. The Running-Scared Man had tossed the satchel toward the heap of black trash bags mere inches from where The Bum had lay as he ran by. The satchel had nestled itself within the heap, perhaps to be retrieved at a later date by The Running-Scared Man. Yet The Bum had retrieved the curious package for himself. He had discovered the cash it contained immediately, but had paid no mind to the other object inside the small bag.
Sobering now, he considered the satchel and its strange markings, and wondered what was actually in the damned thing. It was weighty and felt somewhat metallic, maybe even mechanical.
The origins for this story go way back to 1999 and was nearly part of a huge collaborative story with a few other writers at the time. But as those kinds of projects often go, it never came to fruition, so I kept my portion of it all this time with hopes of revisiting it someday. Once Greg’s cursed anthology caught my attention I knew that with a few tweaks here and there to what I wrote all those years ago I had found a home for it, as well as great incentive to expand on what I already had and complete it as an actual story. I was so pleased to find someone who enjoyed it perhaps even more than I did. Thanks, Greg. I owe you one, buddy.
Got word last evening that my short story “Finder Kept” has been accepted for publication in Best Left Buried: A Cursed Anthology, a Static Movement anthology edited by Greg Miller, likely to be published in a few weeks. This is the first submission and acceptance of 2011 for me. In 2010, my “breakout from obscurity year”, I started off a lot stronger than this. Plenty of stories are in the hopper, though, so lets see if I can make up some lost ground in the coming weeks.
The Cover (back/front)
About the editor Greg Miller: He’s the writer of a little collection of stories called Scaring the Crows: 21 Tales For Noon or Midnight (2009) that I still need to pull off my bookshelf and read this year. He’s also the editor of Something Dark in the Doorway, a ghost-oriented anthology that I wanted to try for, but couldn’t even come close to the deadline.
Check’em out @ Amazon
And the just released anthology he edited, Shadows Within Shadows
Just got word back from blink-ink.com editor Lynn Alexander that my 50 word micro fiction story “The End” will be published on their website on or around Feb. 8, 2010.
Blink|ink publishes micro fiction 50 words or less. I worked two old pieces from 150 words down to 50-word snapshot. Unlike what I’ve seen in their archives, “The End” is almost all dialogue. I submitted two stories to them, but I haven’t heard back about the other one. Yet…
Available now from Liquid Imagination Publishing at Lulu.com, Static Movement Print Special No. 2, edited by the illustrious Chris Bartholomew, is an outstanding collection of short fiction, artwork and poetry. The stories are culled from her regular online publication, Static Movement, but the featured artwork and poetry are new, including two little dark poems by yours truly, “Succubus” (page 177) and “Mare of the Night” (page 141).
And the cover? Oh my! Have a look:
I am personally honored to be part of such an awesome and gorgeous publication that is chock full of work from talented scribes such as John “JAM” Arthur Miller, Deborah Walker, John C. Mannone, S. Copperstone, A.J. Brown, and Kevin Wallis. This book was put together by the coolest editorial team in independent publishing. Kudos to John Arthur Miller, Chris Bartholomew, Kevin Wallis, A.J. Brown and the rest of the gang.