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Horror à la the Bard

Hey Gang,

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!”

© Timothy Griffin 2022

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Here, Have a Nightmare – Deathscribe XII


EDIT 03/22/2020:

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.


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“Subject #9” – Updated 02/03/2020

Update 02/03/2020: you can hear the performance of “Subject #9” here.

Martian landscape with the highway to the mountains

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.


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Deathscribe 2015 – Updated 02/03/2020

Update 02/03/2020: You can hear the performance of “Imaginary Fiend” here.



I’m thrilled to announce that my short play, “Imaginary Fiend” has been selected as part of Wildclaw Theatre’s annual horror plays festival, “Deathscribe.”

The event is on Monday, Dec. 7, 2015 at 7pm, at the Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse in Chicago.

See you there!