Horror Writers Association



Trigger Warning: This piece addresses mental health

The HWA is pleased to launch its Mental Health Initiative, a coordinated roll-out of events, resources, and activities intended to promote positive mental health, foster the concept of hope, and challenge the stigma of mental illness in the horror genre. The initiative, run by the organization’s Wellness Committee, launches in June, and includes the following blog posts from Of Horror and Hope, a downloadable anthology of poems, flash fiction, and personal reflections on mental health by HWA members.


Ai Jiang

Their fingers, long, lack
like untied laced weaved
into her ears, over the whites,
the irises, before digging
into the pupils, intertwining
with her brain. The shift
of control was swift.
For what else could you control
without your thinking minds?
Nothing? No, not nothing.
Even as you bleed nails
and loosened joints through ears
uncovered by immobile hands,
you have awareness
of the way their darkness veins
you lips, forces them to move,
exposing your dark thoughts,
violent thoughts, inhuman
thoughts not meant to be heard
by those you love, even if they
too are thinking much the same.
These fingers, these hands,
forcing your eyes blind,
mouth to dribble evil,
they belong to your loved ones.
You stare into another’s black
streamer crossed eyes and lean
and continue to lean, to fall,
to collide, to merge
until you cannot tell yourselves
apart. And you ask, were you ever
apart or just a part?

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