By Mike Allen
The resin encased our heads
after the steel bars bound us
temple-to-temple. Every twitch
wrenched our neighbors’ necks.
Ankle-deep in concrete, we became
a ring of pillars, living dolmens.
We couldn’t see the worshipers
who shuddered between us, but their
shriveled souls brushed our skin,
like dried leaves. Like moth wings.
Mike Allen wears many creative hats, and at least one of them, tailor–made by his wife and partner–in–crime Anita, features a large bejeweled spider. Together they run Mythic Delirium Books, an imprint that’s home to the Clockwork Phoenix anthology series and acclaimed fiction books by C.S.E. Cooney, Theodora Goss and Nicole Kornher-Stace. A World Fantasy, Shirley Jackson and Nebula Award finalist, Mike has written several poetry collections; a novel, The Black Fire Concerto; and short story collections Unseaming, The Spider Tapestries and Aftermath of an Industrial Accident (forthcoming 2020). Follow his publishing exploits at mythicdelirium.com, writing adventures at descentintolight.com, and all of the above at @mythicdelirium on Twitter.