Poetry Friday: Five Creepy Poetry Collections

It’s Friday! And you know what that means: Poetry! Want to know more about Poetry Friday? Click this link right here. And be sure to check out Elizabeth Steinglass’s blog to see this week’s round up of wonderful poetry related posts, blogs and goodness. 


Hello and Happy Friday! I can’t believe that another month has come and gone. Are we already into the 5th month of the year? I’m still over here writing 2018 for the date!

I’ve kept quite busy over the past few weeks. I got to celebrate my sister-in-law’s beautiful marriage last week. She and her new husband are off to live in Brazil for the next few years as he finishes up his degree. Exciting times. I am a little bit jealous as I lived down there for a few years and I miss it terribly. I guess we’ll just have to go down and visit!

School is wrapping up both for my husband and for my daughter pretty soon. So that means that I am prepping to have them both home home 24/7. I love having everyone at home, but it usually takes me a little while to get accustomed to the total destruction–I mean changes–to my day-to-day schedule.

I plan on spending lots time outside at the beach, pool and park with the kiddos. This will save my sanity as well as give my husband a quiet house to get some major illustration gigs completed.

This week, I am sharing an article I wrote a few weeks ago for the Young Horror Blog of the Horror Writer’s Association. I wanted to celebrate some good creepy poetry for kids, and it was a lot of fun sharing with the horror writing community. You can check the post out here: Five Great Children’s Poetry Collections for National Poetry Month

I am always on the lookout for spooky poetry collections. Do you have any recommendations that weren’t on my list? I’d love to check them out, so let me know in the comments.

15 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: Five Creepy Poetry Collections

  1. These are all new to me, Rebecca, & I will note them. There are a few Halloween books of poetry for younger kids, but the only one I know & have that’s a bit spooky- words & illustrations is ee cummings’ “Hist Whist”, illustrated wonderfully by Deborah Kogan Ray. BTW – I adore “Something Wicked This Way Comes” too, love all things Bradbury.

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  2. Thanks for this list. My favourite spooky poems are Jack Prelutsky’s Nightmares: Poems to trouble your sleep and it’s sequel. I loved reading them aloud to my students around Halloween.

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    1. Yes, I agree! It’s why I’m so excited to be writing more for the Young Horror blog. There are some really great spooky books out there.

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  3. Total destruction–I mean changes! Haha! This is a great list. It’s always good to remember that there are all kinds of kids with all kinds of interests–even creepy!

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    1. Thanks, Liz. I loved creepy stuff as a kid so I am always excited to find spooky books for that age range. They can be hard to come by sometimes.

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  4. I knew some of the poets in your post, but not any of the books. That may be because spooky stories give me nightmares. Maybe I can enjoy some of these written for children if they aren’t too scary!

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    1. You’ll have to let me know what you think! I don’t think any of them are too scary. Most fall on the silly-spooky spectrum.

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  5. Hi, Rebecca. Calef Brown has some spooky poems in his poetry books (the series that begins with Polka Bats and Octopus Slacks) and there one called Halloweenie that may suit you!

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  6. Ooh, looky what arrived in my mailbox yesterday! Nothing’s Sacred, Vol 5, with my creepy poem “The winter my father passed”… 😀 😀 😀

    (with an extra copy so I can share it with somebody at the next convention!)

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