Featured Works: Week of Oct 26 (Halloween)

By on Oct 30, 2020 in Issue Archives

Alyce Wilson as a fortune teller for Halloween

Alyce Wilson as a fortune teller for Halloween

In honor of Halloween, this week’s contributors provide some scares and a little fun, as well.

Carol Hamilton’s poem, “Eighth Century Horse on Leaf of Handscroll,” responds to a work of art that depicts the essence of animal fear.

In “Traitor” by Stephanie A. Hunter, a young girl in a restrictive society befriends an outsider against her own judgment.

A Case for Wrongful Death” by Nancy Bourne addresses the horrors a family experiences in the 1940s because of an illegal abortion.

Sometimes, the Messenger Needs Killing,” a poem by David Thornbrugh, takes a wry look at anger and the compulsion to seek vengeance.



Alyce Wilson is the editor of Wild Violet and in her copious spare time writes humor, non-fiction, fiction and poetry and infrequently keeps an online journal. Her first chapbook, Picturebook of the Martyrs; her e-book/pamphlet, Stay Out of the Bin! An Editor's Tips on Getting Published in Lit Mags ; her book of essays and columns, The Art of Life; her humorous nonfiction ebook, Dedicated Idiocy: How Monty Python Fandom Changed My Life, and her newest poetry collection, Owning the Ghosts, can all be ordered from her Web site, AlyceWilson.com. In late 2019, she published a volume of poetry by her third great-grandfather, Reading's Physician Poet: Poems by Dr. James Meredith Mathews, which also contains genealogical information about the Mathews family. She lives with her husband and son in the Philadelphia area and takes far too many photos of her handsome, creative son, nicknamed Kung Fu Panda.