Dreams of Fear: Poetry of Terror and the Supernatural









  • Edited by S. T. Joshi and Steven J. Mariconda
  • March 2013
  • ISBN: 978-1-61498-027-8
  • Paperback
  • 348 pages



The tradition of weird poetry is one that stretches back for millennia, to the earliest literary expression of the human race. In this new volume—the first comprehensive historical anthology of weird, horrific, and supernatural poetry in more than 50 years—the editors have rightly begun their survey of weirdness in verse with Homer’s Odyssey, proceeding through Greek, Latin, and medieval verse to such towering poets of English and American literature as Coleridge, Shelley, Poe, Tennyson, and Longfellow. With the dawn of the 20th century, such leaders of horrific prose as H. P. Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, Donald Wandrei, and Robert E. Howard came to the fore. Our own day has seen a remarkable resurgence in weird poetry, and such poets as Richard L. Tierney, Bruce Boston, W. H. Pugmire, and Ann K. Schwader have added to a legacy that stretches back to the dawn of time.


The editors have added brief biographical notes on all the poets included, along with bibliographical information on the poems. This volume will become the standard edition of weird poetry for decades to come.


S. T. Joshi is the author of Unutterable Horror: A History of Supernatural Fiction (2012) and many other works of criticism and scholarship. Steven J. Mariconda is the author of many essays on H. P. Lovecraft, Ramsey Campbell, and other writers of weird fiction.





I. The Ancient World

Homer (c. 750 B.C.E.)

            From the Odyssey

Euripides (485?–406 B.C.E.)  22

            From Medea

Catullus (84?–54 B.C.E.)


Horace (65–8 B.C.E.)

            Epode 5


II. From the Middle Ages to the  Eighteenth Century

Dante Alighieri (1265–1321)

            From Inferno

Christopher Marlowe (1564–1593)

            From Dr. Faustus

William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

            From Hamlet

            From Macbeth

John Donne (1572–1631)

            The Apparition

John Milton (1608–1674)      

            From Paradise Lost     

John Gay (1685–1732)          

            A True Story of an Apparition  

David Mallet (1705?–1765)   

            William and Margaret  

William Collins (1721–1759) 

            Ode to Fear    


III. The Gothics and Romantics       

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832)  

            The Erl-King   

            The Bride of Corinth    

            The Dance of Death     

Mary Robinson (1757–1800) 

            The Haunted Beach     

William Blake (1757–1827)   

            Fair Elenor      

Robert Burns (1759–1796)

            Tam o’ Shanter

Friedrich von Schiller (1759–1805)   

            A Funeral Fantasie       

Nathan Drake (1766–1836)   

            Ode to Superstition      

James Hogg (1770–1835)      

            The Witch of the Gray Thorn   

Sir Walter Scott (1771–1832)

            William and Helen        

            The Wild Huntsman     

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834)          

            The Rime of the Ancient Mariner          

            Kubla Khan     

Robert Southey (1774–1843) 

            To Horror       

Matthew Gregory Lewis (1775–1818)           

            Alonzo the Brave and Fair Imogene     

Thomas Moore (1779–1852) 

            The Lake of the Dismal Swamp           

George Gordon, Lord Byron (1788–1824)    


Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822)    

            Sister Rosa: A Ballad   

John Clare (1793–1864)        

            The Nightmare 

John Keats (1795–1821)        

            La Belle Dame sans Merci: A Ballad    

Heinrich Heine (1797–1856)  

            The Lorelei      

Thomas Hood (1799–1845)   

            The Demon-Ship         


IV. The Later Nineteenth Century  

Victor Hugo (1802–1885)      

            The Vanished City       

Thomas Lovell Beddoes (1803–1849)

            The Ghosts’ Moonshine           

            The Boding Dreams


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1822)  

            Haunted Houses          

            The Haunted Chamber 

Edgar Allan Poe (1809–1849)           

            The City in the Sea      

            The Haunted Palace     

            The Conqueror Worm 



Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892)  

            The Kraken     

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809–1894) 

            The Broomstick Train; or, The Return of the Witches   

Robert Browning (1812–1889)          

            Chillde Roland to the Dark Tower Came          

James Russell Lowell (1819–1891)    

            The Ghost-Seer           

Charles Baudelaire (1821–1867)       

            The Phantom   

            The Irremediable         

William Allingham (1824–1889)        

            A Dream         

George MacDonald (1824–1905)      

            The Homeless Ghost    

George Meredith (1828–1909)          


Thomas Bailey Aldrich (1836–1907) 


The Lorelei      


Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837–1909)   

            The Witch-Mother       

Thomas Hardy (1840–1928)  

            The Dead Man Walking           

Ambrose Bierce (1842–1914?)

            A Vision of Doom       

Julian Hawthorne (1846–1934)         


W. E. Henley (1849–1903)     


Guy de Maupassant (1850–1893)      


Edwin Markham (1852–1940)           

            Wail of the Wandering Dead    

            The Wharf of Dreams  

Emile Verhaeren (1855–1916)           

            The Miller        

A. E. Housman (1859–1936) 

            Hell Gate

Katharine Tynan (1861–1931)          

            The Witch       

Madison Cawein (1865–1914)           

            The Forest of Shadows

            The Wood Water        

            The Night-Wind          


W. B. Yeats (1865–1939)        

            The Phantom Ship       

Dora Sigerson Shorter (1866–1918)  

            The Skeleton in the Cupboard  

            The Fetch        

AE (George William Russell) (1867–1935)    

            A Vision of Beauty      


V. The Twentieth Century    

George Sterling (1869–1926)

            A Dream of Fear         

            A Wine of Wizardry    

            The Thirst of Satan

Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869–1935)       

            The Dead Village         

            The Dark House          

Christopher Brennan (1870–1932)    


Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872–1906) 

            The Haunted Oak        

Walter de la Mare (1873–1956)         


            The Listeners   


Robert W. Service (1874–1958)         

            The Cremation of Sam McGee

Robert Frost (1874–1963)     

            Ghost House   

            The Demiurge’s Laugh 

William Hope Hodgson (1877–1918) 


Park Barnitz (1878–1901)     

            Mad Sonnet    


Edward Thomas (1878–1917)           

            Out in the Dark

Herman George Scheffauer (1878–1927)     


            Lilith of Eld      

            The Shadow o’er the City        

Lord Dunsany (1878–1957)   

            Songs from an Evil Wood        

            The Watchers  

Wilfrid Wilson Gibson (1878–1962)  

            The Whisperers           

            The Lodging House     

John Masefield (1878–1967) 

            The Haunted    

John G. Neihardt (1881–1973)          

            The Voice of Nemesis 

Siegfried Sassoon (1886–1967)         


            Goblin Revel    

Vincent Starrett (1886–1974)

            Villon Strolls at Midnight          

Georg Heym (1887–1912)     

            The Demons of the Cities         

Rupert Brooke (1887–1915)

            Dead Men’s Love       

Samuel Loveman (1887–1976)          

            Ship of Dreams

Conrad Aiken (1889–1973)   

            La Belle Morte

H. P. Lovecraft (1890–1937) 


            To a Dreamere

            The Wood

            From Fungi from Yuggoth        

Harold Vinal (1891–1965)     


            Ghostly Reaper

Clark Ashton Smith (1893–1961)      

            Ode to the Abyss        

            The Eldritch Dark        

            The Medusa of Despair           

            The Tears of Lilith        

            A Vision of Lucifer      

Robert Graves (1895–1985)

            The Haunted House     

Frank Belknap Long (1901–1994)    

            The Goblin Tower       

            The Abominable Snow Men    

Robert E. Howard (1906–1936)        

            Dead Man’s Hate        


Donald Wandrei (1908–1987)           


            From Sonnets of the Midnight Hours    

Joseph Payne Brennan (1918–1990) 

            The Scythe of Dreams 

Stanley McNail (1918–1995) 

            The House on Maple Hill         

Donald Sidney-Fryer (b. 1930)          

            Midnight Visitant          

Richard L. Tierney (b. 1936)  

            The Evil House

            To the Hydrogen Bomb           

Bruce Boston (b. 1943)          

            The Nightmare Collector          

            Ghost Blood    

Brett Rutherford (b. 1947)     


G. Sutton Breiding (b. 1950)  

            The Worm of Midnight

            Black Leather Vampyre           

W. H. Pugmire (b. 1951)        

            The Outsider’s Song    

Gary William Crawford (b. 1953)     

            The Formicary 

Keith Allen Daniels (1956–2001)       


Leigh Blackmore (b. 1959)    

            Terror Australis           

Ann K. Schwader (b. 1960)

            The Coming of Chaos  

Index of Poets           




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