2018 Halloween Poetry Reading
curated by K. A. Opperman

K. A. Opperman photoK. A. Opperman is a poet of horror and dark fantasy from Southern California. When not writing Halloweenish poems, or collecting Halloween antiques, he can usually be found in his garden, tending to the pumpkin patch.

The Halloween Poetry Reading presents enjoyable speculative poetry to a broader audience, increases awareness of the Science Fiction Poetry Association, and promotes the individual poets who take part. All SFPA members are welcome to submit one audio file per person of themselves reading one of their spooky, haunting, ghoulish, or humorous Halloween poems. See the 2017 Halloween Poetry Reading for examples. If you are uncomfortable reading aloud or are unable to make the audio recording yourself, contact K. A. or ask someone else to read your poem for you and provide the name of the reader. We also want Halloween-themed artwork! See guidelines below. Most recent are at top of page.

Pumpkin - Cindy O’Quinn
Cindy O’Quinn
Saluting the Moon - John C. Mannone
Saluting the Moon
John C. Mannone
Previous Halloween Readings
“Sin-Eating Jack”
by Frank Coffman

Frank Coffman is a retired professor of college English, creative writing, and journalism. He has published speculative poetry and fiction in a variety of magazines, journals, and anthologies. Founder and moderator of the Weird Poets Society Facebook group, he is a member of the Horror Writers Association and the Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association. His chapbook This Ae Nighte, Every Nighte and Alle (July 2018) will be followed by a large collection of his poetry, The Coven's Hornbook & Other Poems (265 poems, 280+ pages) in early 2019.

“Perfect Seed”
by Cindy O’Quinn

Cindy O’Quinn's work has been published or is forthcoming in HWA Poetry Showcase Vol. V, Nothing's Sacred Vol. 4 (Lycan Valley Press), Star*Line, and others. She is the author of the dark poetry collection Return to Graveyard Dust.

“Saluting the Moon”
by John C. Mannone

John C. Mannone has work in Artemis Journal, Blue Fifth Review, Poetry South, Peacock Journal, Baltimore Review, Pedestal, Riddled with Arrows, Eye to the Telescope and others. He was awarded an HWA Scholarship (2017), won the Jean Ritchie Fellowship (2017) in Appalachian literature and served as celebrity judge for the National Federation of State Poetry Societies (2018). He has three poetry collections: Apocalypse won 3rd place in the Elgin Book Awards (2017); Disabled Monsters (2016) was featured at the Southern Festival of Books, and Flux Lines is forthcoming from Celtic Cat in 2018. He edits poetry for Abyss & Apex and others. jcmannone.wordpress.com

Though not anything like the Legend of Sleepy Hollow, this poem was inspired by that story. The mood and, to some extent, the setting, as well as the association with Halloween, are greater influences.

“All Hallows’ Awakening”
by Ashley Dioses

Ashley Dioses is a writer of dark poetry and fiction from southern California. Diary of a Sorceress, her debut collection of dark traditional poetry,was released in 2017 from Hippocampus Press. Her poetry has appeared in Weird Fiction Review, Skelos, Weirdbook, Black Wings VI: New Tales of Lovecraftian Horror, and others. She is an Active member in the HWA and a member of the SFPA.

“All Hallows’ Awakening” will be published later this year in The Anatomy of Hate: A Science Fiction & Fantasy Anthology by Alban Lake.


  • Submissions are open to current SFPA members only. (Not a member? It's quick, easy, and inexpensive to join.

  • Send a 100-word bio with a brief explanation of your submission, a 300-pixel-wide .jpeg or .png file of any accompanying artwork, and/or an mp3 of your poem to K. A. at kyle99opperman@sbcglobal.net.

    Members may submit more than one image for consideration. Preference will be given to artwork submitted by poets to complement their poem.

  • Reprints are allowed. Please provide the name of the publication and date of first appearance.

    Participation is voluntary and unpaid. The SFPA acquires one-time rights only for audio and images. (Please note that for the purposes of Rhysling Award nominations, posting on the SFPA poetry page counts as publication.)

  • DEADLINE: Please send all material by October 26th, 2017. Accepted work will be added throughout the month of October.

  • Please keep in mind when selecting a poem to record that Halloween is a popular children's holiday. If we feel that there is a problem with using a specific piece, either because of the content of the poem or the quality of the recording, the editor will contact the poet about it directly.

  • QUESTIONS? Send questions regarding submissions or the Halloween page to K. A. Opperman:

Thanks to the SFPA members who have contributed their poetry and art to this page. All recordings and images are copyrighted by their respective authors and used by permission.

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