First place winner, Barry Huddleston.
I was a bit startled by the response when I first got it in my inbox as I was not expecting a poem as the fairy tale. But I couldn’t help but love this take on the fairy tale, and the inherent talent Mr. Huddleston obviously possesses. I also loved the idea that someone’s guilt, the fear, anticipation and possible sin of meeting her lover would cause hallucinations. Hey, we’ve all been there, ammiright?
Something twisted in the shadow of the trees as she made her way down the woodland path. She couldn’t quite put her finger on it, but she knew she was being watched. In the far distance, beyond the dusky silhouettes of trees she could see the inky blackness of a pond and beyond that, the castle lights. Suddenly, she felt something grab at her ankle. Stunned, she turned and saw…
A paw, a white paw, it was a rabbit and nothing more
or so she told herself as she dashed to her bedroom door.
A glimpse of white or was it the evening mist?
Was it the fear of a rabbit or the fear of her tryst?
Again she drew up her courage and sought out her rendezvous
in the cool misty forest where the apple trees grew.
Was that her lover among the greenwoods or a Pooka in disguise?
She couldn’t tell and discretion belongs to the wise.
Once again she dashed for the safety of her room.
Was she afraid of a rabbit, the forest, or the gloom?
Pooka was that you, are you testing or tormenting me?
Did you place fear in my heart and cause me to flee?
A whisper replied in the still of the night,
“don’t seek out love until you feel it is right.”
copyright Barry Huddleston, 2017. Re-publication requires express permission of the author.
Join me and the lovely hosts of Ghost Chronicles, Ron Kolek and Anne Kerrigan, as we gather round the radio-machine to discuss all manner of creatures real and imagined. Tune in live tonight, Wednesday, March 22nd at 7 p.m. EST to talk about my new book, Fairies, Pookas and Changelings: A Complete Guide to the Wild and Wicked Enchanted Realm.
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Kick off Halloween on this eve of All Hallow’s Eve with a little ramble down a shadowy path. Who knows what will scream, reach out or come looking for you while you are distracted listening to the radio? We cannot say, nor can we guarantee your safety. What we can be sure of is a wild romp through a world of bizarre creatures, freaky facts and all manner of vampires, banshees, werewolves and other strange things. So keep this freaky Halloween thing going and tune in to hear Dave Cruz of Beyond the Strange Radio Show talk with me about whatever frightening things come to mind. And if you listen carefully, you just might hear a story I’ve never told before on air. It’s quite fearsome, and haunts me to this day. If there’s time, we may take callers so get ready with your own terrifying tales.
Listen live here. Tonight, October 30 at 7 p.m. PST/9 p.m. EST.
Just click the website and the player will be going.
Later it will be archived into a podcast so you can relive all the scary stuff in the light of day. But you really should listen now. What else are you doing on a Sunday night, besides sewing your kid’s Halloween costume?
DAHLINK. I know you thought tonight is the night you’re finally going to get to bed at a reasonable hour but you were sadly mistaken. You can’t miss tonight’s Coast to Coast AM with George Noory. Why? BECAUSE I’LL BE THE GUEST.
Don’t worry, you’ll have plenty of time to eat your gruel and pour yourself a draught of ale before I’m on. I’m the second segment so that’s MIDNIGHT to 2PM PST.
TUNE IN HERE if you are a Coast Insider (you can also listen after-the-fact as a Coast Insider).
Click HERE to find your local station and tune-in live (and call in!)
We promise to keep you very, very awake.
Paratruth Radio Show, tonight at 8pm EST/5 pm PST. Me, a couple of freaky hosts, and a whole lot of banshees. And probably a vampire, a ghost, and a werewolf or two.
PARATRUTH RADIO LIVE NOW!!
T-minus 20 minutes or so.
Tune in, my prettys! THURSDAY, Jan. 16th to Citizens Awareness Vanguard radio for a strange creature chat with Chris & Mark. I’ll be on LIVE. Show starts at 9 PM EST/6 PST. Grab a glass of something strong and lock the front door. Creatures of the night are afoot!
Listen by clicking the following link:
CAV RADIO SHOW
Come spend a Late Nate in the Midlands with me–or an early evening if you’re on the West Coast. Host Michael Vara and I will be discussing all things freakish, ghoulish, odd, and bizarre. That includes Banshees, Werewolves, Vampires, and Other Creatures of the Night.
Tune in tonight via the link below, at 6:30 PST/9:30 EST. The second hour includes callers, so be sure and give a shout!
Late Night in the Midlands on Blogtalk Radio
Greetings you little elves and gnomes and hobgoblins, ye’ merry creatures of the night. Tune in tonight at 6 pm PST/9 PM EST for a delightful hour of the paranormal persuasion. I’ll be a guest on Paranormal Minds Radio.
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You never know where the conversation will lead, although I can guarantee you will probably want to double check your locks after.
Now that we’ve all (hopefully) recovered from Halloween and Dia de los Muertos celebrations, we can relax with a nice cuppa (whiskey!) and get cozy with some of those creatures we are all “pretty” sure we saw these last couple of dark-of-the-nights. Tune in tonight, November 3rd, from 8-9 PM EST (that’s 5pm West Coasters!) for a celebration of all things strange with the one and only Dr. Bob Hieronimus on 21st Century Radio.
I’ll be burning the midnight oil tonight with George Noory talking about Banshees, Werewolves, Vampires and Other Creatures of the Night, including ghosts, ghouls, and other bizarre entities! It’s always a great time with George. Join us!!
I will be on MIDNIGHT to 2am (that is 10pm to 12 am EST). This is the SECOND half of the show, but tune in early because the first half of the show sounds freaktacular too!
http://www.coasttocoastam.com/show/2013/10/29You can look on the Coast to Coast website to find what local station broadcasts, or listen live online.