SMM 2017 Halloween Writing Contest: The Girl on the Stairs

Written By L.T. Garvin

Madness neatly folded

into softly bundled mayhem

pressed firmly underneath

that staircase.

Those stairs

pulled me upward

in my formative years.

The little girl

at the top of the steps


in her eyes

a preternatural glow

“I'll bet you can't make it so fast...


she said slowly

her teeth, sharp and gleaming

every word forming

a slight hiss.

I ran in breathless,

horrible fantasy.

Dancing eyes,

her head slowly turning

I wasn't questioning

pretending life was

a normal curve.

Then one day older,

she appeared


teeth now brandishing

razor sharp fangs

“I'll bet your life you can't make

these stairs!”

that voice

now gravelly and deep.

I looked


at her metamorphosis

into demon

daughter of

a discontent house.

Written By

L.T. Garvin


SMM 2017 Halloween Writing Contest Entry


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10 Comments on SMM 2017 Halloween Writing Contest: The Girl on the Stairs

  1. An awesome poem, no way known am I taking on those stairs !!

    Liked by 4 people

  2. Adnama72Blog // October 26, 2017 at 7:30 pm // Reply

    I agree. Brilliant, poem, made me shiver it feels so Real!!. 💖 it.

    Liked by 3 people

  3. Deep and meaningful, very well done.

    Liked by 3 people

  4. Very great poem! I thought it was about hypnotizing vampire at first. That’s exactly how the scariest things work – they make you come to them and you can resist!

    Liked by 4 people

  5. Thanks so much to everyone for the lovely comments, and thanks so much for publishing!

    Liked by 3 people

  6. Reblogged this on L.T. Garvin and commented:
    Is Halloween over? I’m running late, but I invite everyone to read my poem and the other frightfully neat stories and poems on Slasher Monster Magazine.

    Liked by 3 people

  7. A thrilling poem, written with brilliance! Truly a fantastic classical horror poetry worthy of first place. ❤️


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