To celebrate the Halloween season, here’s a blast from the past, a wistful look back on a little thing I wrote for Wildclaw Theatre’s late lamented Deathscribe Horror Radio Play Competition. This live performance was at Lincoln Hall in Chicago, IL, December of 2016, and features actors Darren Hill, Lee Brophy, and David Fink, Foley Team Ele Matelan and Kevin Alves, and was directed by Aileen McGroddy.
Also, If you’d like to see it (or, rather, listen to it) audio-only, like a proper radio show, you can do so here.
The mighty mighty Monstrous Books is coming out with another exciting short story collection, “Shakespeare Unleashed” – all horror stories based on Shakespeare plays! I submitted a sonnet to them, a nasty little piece based on Richard III. While they didn’t choose it for their collection, I thought I might post it here for your enjoyment.
The sonnet tells the fates of Richard’s young nephews – whom he arranged to be murdered so as to clear his path to the throne. Told from the point of view of the younger prince, the sonnet’s closing couplet reveals the boys’ ghosts tormenting Richard on the eve of the battle at Bosworth Field.
I hope you dig it! I had a lot of fun writing it, and it might spawn more Shakespeare Horror stories or sonnets that I post here – watch this space!
So, here’s a little bit of chilling verse for you called…
To Worry Lambs and Lap Their Gentle Blood
by Timothy Griffin
My brother Edward’s twelve; I, only nine; Yet no more years shall either of us gain; White, wriggling worms anon on us shall dine. Our killers’ tears imply ‘twill be some pain.
“Condemn us not; we two are merely pawns,” Implores the villain pinning Edward down. “We must deprive thee both of further dawns, For thou standst ‘twixt thine Uncle and the crown.”
Then Edward lieth still, in murdered sleep. My knave doth blench, beseeches me for grace, Then blubbers sobs; he hath the gall to weep As he doth press the pillow to my face.
Now shades, we stare with bleak, transparent eyes. At ‘G’ we glare, and shriek – “DESPAIR AND DIE!”
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the March 30th production of Deathscribe has been cancelled. I wish you all health and safety. –TimmyG
I’m thrilled to announce that one of my stories has been chosen as a finalist in DEATHSCRIBE, Wildclaw Theater’s annual Horror Radio play competition – for the FOURTH time! (see info about my previous Deathscribe finalist shows here, here, and here.)
Here, Have a Nightmare will be performed live at DEATHSCRIBE XII (that’s twelve) on Monday, March 30, 2020, at the Den Theater, 1333 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, at 8 o’clock in the P.M. Tickety info can be found at Wildclaw’s website.
Update 02/03/2020: you can hear the performance of “Subject #9” here.
My play, “Subject #9,” has been chosen for this year’s Deathscribe plays festival.
Directed by Elizabeth Lovelady and featuring Moira Begale, Elisabeth Del Toro, Dave Skvarla, and Joseff Stevenson, it’s in contention for the Bloody Axe award. I’m thrilled to be part of this annual Chicago theatre tradition once again.
I recently played the title role in Shakespeare’s Richard III at Oakton Community College. I also choreographed the fights for the show. I’ve posted new photos from the production in the Theatre Gallery, and a video of the final Richard v. Richmond fight is up on vimeo.