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A Summoning Verse

By Brin J.Published 5 months ago β€’ Updated 5 months ago β€’ 1 min read

If you ever hear whispers of the undead,

whatever you do, don't leave your bed.

Don't run, don't hide, don't try to be bold,

just heed the warnings and do as you're told.

These cautions aren't to lead you astray.

The dead of night is when they hunt their prey.

They look for those who lie awake,

so close your eyes, your soul's at stake.

Hush now, be still, don't make a sound,

not even a gasp or you'll be found.

They'll come for you, and when you scream,

no one will dare to intervene.

What are they, you ask? What else can they be?

They're shadows in every corner you see.

They're darkness, they're vile. They're the end.

They're the restless spirits of those condemned.

So if you feel a presence lurking above,

don't look, it's the thing that nightmares are made of.

And if, by chance, you get a glimpse of one,

just know, you'll be haunted 'til your days are done.

There is one way to keep the monsters at long,

but you'll have to sing the Proverbial Song;

"Snatchers, Snatchers leave me be,

or the Tenebrous One will come for thee."

Except once you do just be aware,

... an even greater fiend will soon be there.




Hi everyone! Thanks for reading! Scared? Yeah, well it's meant to be. This poem is from the preface of my book, Proverbial Song. The mood of the story is dark, the theme is corruption, and the world-building is as deep as the ocean. I've been working on it for a while, but I'm still not even halfway through. But I'm very dedicated to finishing it! I've never read any book like it, and I think its intensity is going to be a huge draw for those who enjoy complex universes and magic systems. Not to mention it takes place in an academy, and the reader gets to learn about all the different occult groups and monsters alongside the protagonist. Anyway, I hope you enjoy this little snippet! Please leave a comment and a review to help me improve anything that I could improve on!


About the Creator

Brin J.

I never believed the sky is the limit, therefore my passions are expansive. My interest in writing stemmed from poetry but my heart lead me to Sci-Fi Fantasy. Consequently, my stories are plot-driven with splashes of evocative elements.

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  • Jazzy 5 months ago

    How amazing! This was a scary snippet from your book, however I’m intrigued πŸ˜­πŸ˜–

  • Test5 months ago

    Well done. Really enjoyed this πŸ’™Anneliese

  • Nice 😱

  • Ian Read5 months ago

    I am totally not reading this during a bout of insomnia at 3:30 am, that would be ridiculous. πŸ˜€ That aside, this was amazing! A perfect mid of world-building and suspense.

  • Loved this! πŸ‘βœοΈπŸ‘

  • Wow, those opening lines resonated a lot πŸ™βœ¨ this is dark and brilliant πŸ‘Œβœ¨

  • Kendall Defoe 5 months ago

    Okay, that was quite dark. And I want to read your book!

  • Quite an interesting & compelling introduction--or shall I say lure--into this universe you're creating. Shades of "Candyman" & the legends of Molly Brown, but with another layer.

  • Dylan 5 months ago

    I can't wait to read the whole book! You had me hooked with the first chapter! Amazing storytelling!

  • I love it! Well done, Brin! I will not be singing that song!

  • Alex H Mittelman 5 months ago

    Very eldritch! Good work!

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