KERRY'S October Challenge  October 8, 2011 - November 1, 2011

Contest Completed


IT - [writing deleted]
THE SHINING - her name doesn't mean truth
THE DARK TOWER - [writing deleted]
FIRESTARTER - Stitch And Patch~
THE DEAD ZONE - `Dead Things`


It's been a while, and I have been scarce these last few months, but one of the things I have missed the most is the challenge, so I got to thinking...
Soon the Halloween spirit will be upon the cafe and I'd like to set a contest which gets a few minds thinking in that direction.

Let me say from the very beginning that I am not a Stephen King fan (in novel form, though I think the movies are exceptional) but a friend gave me a copy of 'Duma Key', and I’m not one to ignore a book that finds its way onto my bedside table ... so I filed it under ‘Holiday Reading’. I have to admit that King has a way of creating remarkable characters, and prose which is poetic when the need arises. In the spirit of the spooky season, I thought we could take our cue from his brand of the macabre and grotesque, and do it with poetic precision. No pumpkins, bats or witches... let’s make this more about psychological terrors... though a touch of the super-natural would not be misplaced.

For inspiration, you may like to peruse things Stephen King has said on the Goodreads website. Once you get there, it would be best to refine your search by typing ‘Stephen King, and add the title of a novel’.

The poem must be written during the period of the contest (8 Oct - 28 Oct). Any 'last year' poems will be ejected with alarming alacrity.


A chance to cuddle up to Stephen King


Kerry O'Connor
Kerry O'Connor
South Africa


10 Contestants
10 Submissions
Created Oct 8, 2011