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Guest Poet - John Grey

Dark Fiction Factory welcomes guest poet, John Grey.


Her love has come

to deliver her.

He’s climbing

the outside wall

like a spider.

His head is large

and his legs are many.

Her anticipation

crawls across her skin.



Dark made small work of the last of the light, then focused attention

on whoever was sleeping.

I was suddenly

a man helpless on a bed

as bony hands

gripped tight to the pillow

pushed into my face.

Ah, nightmares.

Like finding roaches in a candy jar,

a grinning skull in the mirror,

weevils and worms

in a lover’s kiss.

They drop in on me uninvited.

They depart come morning,

leave portents in their wake.


666 There really is such a thing as hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia— fear of 666, the number of the beast— some people refuse to stay in a hotel room with that number or will quickly thumb past the equivalent page in a book — and every time someone says "666," they cross themselves - and, of course, if I see someone cross themselves, I always whisper "666."


Poetry by John Grey.

John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident, recently published in Sheepshead Review, Stand, Poetry Salzburg Review and Hollins Critic. Latest books, “Leaves On Pages” “Memory Outside The Head” and “Guest Of Myself” are available through Amazon. Work upcoming in Ellipsis, Blueline and International Poetry Review.

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