Dark Poetry Horror fiction


An ekphrastic poem is a poem inspired or stimulated by a work of art. As I love both art and poetry, in the coming weeks, I will be writing my own horror/Gothic poetry in response to images with a dark theme. I’ll share these on my blog, and TikTok @louiseworthingtonauthor 

I’d love to receive your ideas, your images and thoughts. I’ll share my poem next week under ‘Dark Poetry’ and on TikTok.

Here’s the first image.


Anne’s Sexton’s confessional poetry “Starry Night” explored her lifelong battle with depression (she took her own life in 1974 at the age of 45), in response to one of Vincent Van Gogh’s most famous paintings.
The town does not exist
except where one black-haired tree slips
up like a drowned woman into the hot sky.
The town is silent. The night boils with eleven stars.   
Oh starry starry night! This is how
I want to die.

“In the Musée des Beaux Arts” by WH Auden describes Pieter Brueghel’s painting Landscape With the Fall of Icarus, in which a man falls from the sky. It’s about the nature of man’s suffering.

About suffering they were never wrong, 
The old Masters: how well they understood
Its human position: how it takes place
While someone else is eating or opening a window or just walking dully along;

If you’re looking for ekphrastic writing challenges, you could start by looking at this competition:


But be quick! The deadline is 24th June. Good luck!