Black Widow



Her hand stretches out to me

With grace but without motion

As I stumble into nothingness

She offers me her potion


I could not see her face

But I knew I knew her well

“Drink from me,” she whispered

“I promise not to tell…”


Casting a shadow of liquid light

That filtered through the day

I inherit her philosophies

And silently obey


While I recited childhood lullabies

Low and languidly

I tasted her thick poison

But first it tasted me


In a deadly poetic coma

Into numbness I was anchored

And with barely the strength to whisper

I smiled and I thanked her


© Alistair Cross

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Sinister. Sexy. Soon…

It’s sinister. It’s sexy. It’s coming soon…

After just one night at Ravencrest Manor, the new governess, Belinda Moorland, begins to suspect her beautiful new home has a dark side. By day, the house and grounds are sublime, but the night is alive with dark shadows and phantom footsteps in empty corridors. Eyes – and hands – are upon her, and not all of them belong to the living.

The Ghosts of Ravencrest. Cross the threshold…


We’re Hee-eere…


Tamara Thorne and I are taking our horror show live on the Internet Highway. Come read about it on our new collaborative blog!

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Cue the music… Release the bats… Grab a horror writer… It’s showtime!

Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! will debut on Authors on the Air Global Radio Network on Thursday, November 6th, at 9:00 Eastern. With two million listeners in 44 countries, we are proud and excited to be a part of this network, and now, you can give us a like on Facebook at our own Haunted Nights LIVE! page.

At Haunted Nights LIVE! we will be talking about all things horror with the biggest names in the business. From fiction writers and paranormal investigators to haunted spots and true ghost stories supplied by our listeners, Haunted Nights LIVE! will feature fact, fiction, and that indiscernible gray area in between.

Our guest list so far includes New York Times Bestselling author Douglas Clegg, International Horror Guild Award winner Glen Hirshberg, children’s author extraordinaire Q.L. Pearce, bestselling

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Dark Hotel

dark hotel


At the top of the winding road

Only evident through moonlight

Stood the hotel’s silhouette…

Tall and black against the night


I’m not sure where we are coming from

I’m not sure where we are going

But as we near the looming structure

I feel a nearly-eerie knowing


On a level deeper than instinct

And deeper than intellect

I know that I’ve been here before

Though I can’t quite recollect…


I don’t recall the lobby

Any stairs or any halls

But our room had scarlet carpet

And famous paintings on the walls


The hotel was bathed in silence

Yet I was somehow made aware

That you and I were not

The only creatures dwelling there


I approach an open window

Where red curtains billow inward

And I gaze on blackened trees

And hear the haunted songs of night birds


And you touch me on the shoulder

And whisper something in my ear…

Some command I can’t remember

Or a rumor I wasn’t meant to hear


But those shapeless words sedate me

Like poison in warm milk

And as the clock strikes some late hour

We slip into sheets of wintered silk


…And the dream is a forewarning

Or so, at least, it seems

As I wake at breakneck speed

Just to wonder what it means


© Alistair Cross

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Frightful Fun with the Demonic Duo

For the debut of our Thorne & Cross blog, Frightful Fun with the Demonic Duo, we have decided our inaugural post shall be Five Nights in a Haunted Cabin! It’s been almost a year since we met up and stayed in the creepy little cottage in California’s Gold Country to investigate the alleged hauntings at the owner’s request. So what better way to kick off the Halloween season than with a true ghost story! Give us a look, give us a subscribe!


We’re Spilling the Secrets of Horror…

Our new show, Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights Live!, is all about horror. We’ll be interviewing your favorite authors, discussing books, movies, and your ghost stories, among other things. Our first guests include Douglas Clegg, Glen Hirshberg, and Michael Aronovitz! The show premiers November 6th on the Authors on the Air station at Blog Talk Radio. URL coming soon!


My Lover’s Face



I never get tired

Of watching her face

It’s prettier now

Than it was in the first place


With my hands I explore

Every valley and peak

Of that beautiful face

Each night before sleep


And as for my deed

It had to be done

If ever I was

To be her only one


At first she was kind

But now she’s so cold

For, I love her to death…

She will never get old


And maybe it’s strange

Or so some would say

But at least they will never

Take her away


So, every night

To the icebox I traipse

Because that’s where I keep

My lover’s face


© Alistair Cross

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