For Halloween We Present The Gothic Horror Lord Bonyfoote’s Dance

For Halloween we present for your terror, delectation and amusement, Lord Bonyfoote’s Dance, a poem in the classic Gothic tradition of Edgar Allan Poe and the young Conrad Aiken, a chiller by our very own C S Hughes.

The author tells us “Bonyfoote” can be pronounced either “bony” as in bones, or “bonnie” as in the Scottish term meaning handsome or jolly; as the ghast at the centre of our tale displays both a bony aspect and at times a bonnie demeanour .

The poem originally appeared in C S Hughes’s collection Cars Crashed In Charcoal Cities, which, if you click the link on the title, is available as an eBook on Amazon Kindle.

The picture is adapted from a Harry Clarke illustration from the classic early 20th century edition of Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales Of Mystery and Imagination.


About The Author

Olga Hughes is currently pre-occupied with fairy tales, fantasy, misanthropy, medieval history and the long eighteenth century. She has a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Victorian College of the Arts and is currently majoring in Literature and History at Deakin. She has contributed to websites such as History behind Game of Thrones, The Anne Boleyn Files and The Tudor Society.