Horror Haiku Competition Winner

Image by Shane Gorski (copied from Flickr)
Image by Shane Gorski (copied from Flickr)

A few weeks ago we asked you to scare us with your best horror haiku – and now the results are in.

We had plenty of entries on Twitter, ranging from the spooky to the gore-splattered. The winner was chosen by Marc Pastor, author of our current Book Club read, Barcelona Shadows. Marc said that he “absolutely loved” the entries we’d received, but that this haiku by @SimonGKearns stood out:

If the screaming stops
It means they’ve finished with him
And I’m next in line.

In Marc’s words, “It’s the winner because of the final twist, that changes the POV and makes it more scary. Bravo. That really surprised me.”

@SimonGKearns wins a signed copy of Barcelona Shadows with an original sketch/cartoon of Enriqueta Marti by Marc Pastor, a goody bag of titles from our wonderful friends at Pushkin Press, and a year’s Membership to Litro Magazine. We’ll be in touch to set up your prizes.

In addition, Marc highly commended this haiku by @imnottyler, making it our official runner-up:

fingernails and toes
fall into the taco meat
have to grind it twice

Thanks to everyone who sent in their horror haiku – you had us spooked here at Litro!

Remember that you can see Marc Pastor at our Book Club get-together in London on Thursday 16 October. You can find full details, and RSVP for entry, here.

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