This picture pretty much sums up having children. You just don’t know what is going to be lurking around the corner — a Elsa-dressed Hulk or a hairy banana peel for example.
Writing about monsters, goblins, death, etc. helps to pin fear to the page. Then you can watch it wriggle for a while, until, eventually, it will free itself and you’ll have to write it to the page all over again.
This is one of the reasons I’m so excited for Mood Tide Press’s Horror Anthology Dark Ink, which you can order using this link: https://www.moontidepress.com/single-post/2018/08/10/How-to-Pre-Order-DARK-INK-A-POETRY-ANTHOLOGY-INSPIRED-BY-HORROR-Today-Enjoy-Free-Shipping
This full collection of horror-inspired poems is sure keep fear pinned down for a good amount of time, and I’m convinced it will be “killer.” Not ordering it would be a grave mistake!
Most of the time when I go to turn the lights off in my children’s rooms, they are peacefully sleeping, but sometimes there is a surprise… like the time my daughter fell asleep wrapped tightly in her sheet after we had seen the Mummies of the World exhibit… or the other time she fell asleep with a pair of those plastic fangs in her mouth.
Of course, I wrote about both those nights, and my poem, “Fangs,” appears in the latest edition of Mothers Always Write. You can read the poem here https://mothersalwayswrite.com/fangs/