Every dreadful poem we’ve ever published.

Palliative Dehiscence

Jason P. Burnham January 26, 2022

Don’t scratch now.
We’re so close.

Digital Ghouls

Justin Permenter December 17, 2021

Ciphers flicker and spin like firemoths in the lambent glow // Bending and twisting in cyclone contortions // Trembling at the touch of my haptic caress


Belicia Rhea December 3, 2021

You float through our house to the sky // black with your skeleton storms.

King’s Suit

Colleen Anderson November 19, 2021

You need fine clothes to make the man.

But You Mustn’t Look Back

Rhonda Parrish and Beth Cato October 1, 2021

you know what it means
but you mustn’t look back


Perry-Ruh April 8, 2021

An apocalyptic poem.

Feast Your Eyes

Avra Margariti March 23, 2021

Two sacrificial lambs.


Gourab Hazra January 14, 2021

The poem depicts the plight of Medieval villagers who have fallen prey to witches. They visited the hamlet guised as damsels and allured them into consuming the mangoes they had brought as an offering. The rural settlers were unaware of the fact that while they were enjoying this new delicacy, their beating hearts were growing as crops in the witches’ lair.

Are You A Vessel?

Sloane December 15, 2020

A threatening email written by a hypnotic sender.

Honey Bear

Avra Margariti October 31, 2020

“Come outside, dearest mine.
Come taste the spring honey
drip-drip-dripping from every hive.” Read this dark poem by Avra Margariti.

Darkroom Liaisons

Avra Margariti October 29, 2020

The poltergeists leave the darkroom the way they came: faceless. Read this beautiful poem by Avra Margariti, only on The Dread Machine.

The Brides of Dracula Ponder the Manson Murders

Avra Margariti October 29, 2020

(What are humans but an amalgamation
of meat and electricity?) Read this unsettling poem by Avra Margariti.

Annie’s Alibi

Jordan Hirsch October 20, 2020

These women and priests just don’t get it at all.

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