13 Horror Poems You Can Read Online Right Now

Halloween is upon us, which means it's time to pull out our favorite tricks and treats and terrifying reads. Along with jack-o-lanterns and fun-sized candy, Halloween just wouldn't be complete without reading a scary horror poem or two. After all, is anyone more tuned in to the dark secrets of the universe than poets?

On Halloween, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead becomes blurred. As the veil is lifted, our world becomes one with supernatural realm. It's a time in which the spirit world comes out to play, haunting us and taunting us in the most of wicked of ways. Which obviously makes for some fantastic poetry.

Do you hear that creak of the floorboards? Do you feel that chill in the air? Do you get that feeling in the pit of your stomach that something is just...not right? Maybe there's something out there, watching you. Maybe there's something lurking in the house. Maybe, it's right behind you.

Gather in a circle, turn out the lights, and read these poems aloud with a flashlight tucked under your chin. Or simply light a candle and read them to yourself, if you dare. Each of these pieces can be read in minutes, but they're sure to haunt you for days to come.

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"The Raven" by Edgar Allen Poe


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"Omens" by Cecelia Llompart

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"The Owner of the Night" by Mark Doty

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"All Hallows’ Eve" by Dorothea Tanning

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"Because I Could Not Stop For Death" by Emily Dickenson


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"All Hallows" by Louise Glück


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"Windigo" by Louise Erdrich

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"Song of the Witches" from 'Macbeth' by William Shakespeare


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"Goblin Market" by Christina Rossetti

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"Samhain" by Annie Finch


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"Field of Skulls" by Mary Karr

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"Black Cat" by Rainer Maria Rilke


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"To Live in The Zombie Apocalypse" by Burlee Vang


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