#STITCHEDSATURDAY- James Matthew Byers, the Darque Bard

The Necromancer's Fancy Upon the edge of HalloweenWith midnight closing in,I marveled at what I had seenAs much to my chagrinAnother corpse refusing lifeIn limbo flatly lay.Incisions marked by blade of knifeConfounded disarray.A coroner, my trade by day,By night, a maddened fool,For many years, I lived this way.I steadied up each tool.Intent to be as … Continue reading #STITCHEDSATURDAY- James Matthew Byers, the Darque Bard

Beowulf: The Midgard Horror Part 6

Flash Fiction Saturday is upon us! Welcome back to Midgard ... The remnants of Cain's vast descent Examined her with their knees bent. As Alva Dagmar came to be, The offspring of a deity Inbred with such a demonic flare. The child of Angrboda's dare; Her father Loki's lavished glee, And thus she shared her … Continue reading Beowulf: The Midgard Horror Part 6

The night before Christmas, and in the truck bed A body or two and a dismembered head A hand flailing outward to hold up each light An axe for the grinding should anyone bite The zombies had plagued us with what's in the curse But I'm not a zombie, no I'm something worse And no, … Continue reading

Flash Fiction Saturday: Sweet Revenge

Unfortunately, Beowulf: The Midgard Horrors will have to wait one more week. We all have the flu in the Byers household. Here's a little revenge piece to end your Saturday with ... Soumya painted on the bed. The thousandth time her canvas, red, Exploded in the splotchy scene- A dying man bereft a spleen. Eternity, … Continue reading Flash Fiction Saturday: Sweet Revenge

Jacksonville State University

Greetings! It's been an exciting week. I had the privilege and honor of speaking at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama. As an alumnus, it felt great to come back to where I received my undergraduate degree and my Master's. A former English professor, Dr. Joanne Gates, invited me. I was able to speak to … Continue reading Jacksonville State University

Ode to a Mortuary Stench

Ok- things have been insane. Sick kids, sick wife, sick self ... I've also been super swamped with wonderful responsibilities in the fields of art and poetry. Beowulf: The Midgard Horrors is being worked on. I'm sorry this is late, but I wanted to share something on Flash Fiction Saturday. It's brief and humorous. Until … Continue reading Ode to a Mortuary Stench

Vampyre: A Flash Fiction Saturday Short

Greetings! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season! I'm working on Beowulf: The Midgard Horrors right now. You can rest assured the tale will continue next Saturday, Grendel's honor. For now, here's an adventure off of my well worn path. I decided to give free style a try. In honor of the release of … Continue reading Vampyre: A Flash Fiction Saturday Short