Quotable Poe Week Three-Donna Mathews

I was never kinder to the old man than during the whole week before I killed him. His voice is raspy and weak as he pulls me in close. “My darling girl. My beautiful, darling girl. Why?” Rebellious tears roll down my cheeks. I want to be strong and stoic but I’m not. The wooden stake…

Skeleton Parade-Mela Blust

I am your night deep darkness your rem sleep harpy the dreams you take pills to avoid I am your restless breath catching in your throat ankle-break ouch break-neck speed and honey-drip sweetness I bat my lashes before I bite I am service with a smile I come at dusk, in fog, on waves of…

Call for Submissions: ‘Dear Juliet’

Christine is collecting pieces of poetry and prose for a new writing series she is calling ‘Dear Juliet.’ The idea is to put a modern and feminist spin on letters to whichever female character from Shakespeare you’d like. If you are interested in participating, email your submissions and a brief biography to Christine at her.red.pen.wordsmithing@gmail.com with ‘Dear…

The Wolf Inside-Sarah Doughty

“It was only a dream, but I still knew the soul behind your eyes wasn’t yours. Like a wolf in sheep’s clothing.” It was only a dream, but I still knew the soul behind your eyes wasn’t yours. Like a wolf in sheep’s clothing, you watched me with a predator’s eyes. I was enthralled and…

Listening to the Dark-John Biscello

an excerpt from “No Man’s Brooklyn”   Remember when we were kids and we’d sometimes have sleepovers and listen to the dark together? That’s what you called it, Anya, listening to the dark. Sometimes we’d pretend to be camping. We’d set up a tent and eat candy and look up at the glow-in-the-dark stars on…

What It Means To Be A Core Member of Heretics, Lovers, and Madmen

The editors of Heretics, Lovers, and Madmen are thrilled about the launch of the site and the quality of the writing that has already been published.  Many have asked us what it means to become a Core Member of the HL&M family. Core members are expected to submit one previously unpublished piece by email every…

Core Membership If you are interested in being a core member of Heretics, Lovers, and Madmen, please send us an email at (heretics.lovers.madmen@gmail.com) with a sample of three (3) pieces of your writing (poem, prose, essay, script, short fiction, spoken word) so we can get a feel for the fit.  Your sample pieces can be previously published….

When The Soul Is Lost – Jack Neece

I am a small thing now I am a thing you won’t even notice at first I am whisper as a passerby brushes up against you and doesn’t say a word I am the twitch in your hand as your fist balls instinctively I burn small fires in your subconscious I am the wind that…