In which it’s bonus day

Most of my books include a bit of poetry, and THE DEAD TRAVEL FAST is no exception. Of course, the poetry in this book is far creepier than what I usually weave in, but it served the story very well. If you haven’t read Baudelaire’s FLEURS DE MAL (FLOWERS OF EVIL), this is the perfect time of year. They are full of creeping horrors, twisted love, and the darker side of the mirror. There are numerous translations, but I’m including here a single poem from the 1954 version.

Le Revenant

The Ghost

Like angels with wild beast’s eyes
I shall return to your bedroom
And silently glide toward you
With the shadows of the night;

And, dark beauty, I shall give you
Kisses cold as the moon
And the caresses of a snake
That crawls around a grave.

When the livid morning comes,
You’ll find my place empty,
And it will be cold there till night.

I wish to hold sway over
Your life and youth by fear,
As others do by tenderness.

— William Aggeler, The Flowers of Evil (Fresno, CA: Academy Library Guild, 1954)

2 thoughts on “In which it’s bonus day”

  1. Jaye says:

    You did some back story for one of the other books. I hope you give us a little from this book. It is definitely mysterious and one I need to read again. Please? Thanks! 😉

  2. Betty Strohecker says:

    Beautiful, intriguing poem. I love the poetry you include in your books and always look forward to seeing the revelation in the storyline. I am a closet poetryholic – not a word, I know; poetry afficionado?


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