A curated collection of creepy poems and scary quotes. Good for Halloween or anytime you are in need of a fright.
Creepy Poems and Scary Quotes
- "I cannot think of the deep sea without shuddering at the nameless things that may at this very moment be crawling and floundering on its slimy bed, worshipping their ancient stone idols and carving their own detestable likenesses on submarine obelisks of water-soaked granite." - Great Tales of Terror - H.P. Lovecraft
- "The world had teeth and it could bite you with them anytime it wanted." - The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon. - Stephen King
- "Full fathom five thy father lies; Of his bones are coral made; Those are pearls that were his eyes:" - The Tempest - William Shakespeare
- "The terror, which would not end for another twenty-eight years - if it ever did end - began, so far as I know or can tell, with a boat made from a sheet of newspaper floating down a gutter swollen with rain." - It - Stephen King
- "From time to time, I do consider that I might be mad. Like any self-respecting lunatic, however, I am always quick to dismiss any doubts about my sanity." - Odd Thomas - Dean Koontz
- "The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown." - Supernatural Horror in Literature - H.P. Lovecraft
- "Trolls simply detest the sight of dwarves (uncooked)." - The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien
- "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Coleridge's famous poem contains the lines: "Water, water, everywhere, And all the boards did shrink; Water, water, everywhere, Nor any drop to drink."
- "I felt a Funeral, in my Brain" by Emily Dickinson
Emily Dickinson's creepy poem contains the lines:
"And then I heard them lift a Box
And creak across my Soul
With those same Boots of Lead, again,"
- "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe
Poe's classic horrror poem begins, "Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary."
- "La Belle Dame sans Merci" by John Keats
Keat's ballad contains the lines: "She took me to her Elfin grot, And there she wept and sighed full sore, And there I shut her wild wild eyes "
- "Her Strong Enchantments Failing" by A.E. Housman
Housman's poem begins with: "Her strong enchantments failing, Her towers of fear in wreck, Her limbecks dried of poison And the knife at her back,"
- "Goblin Market" by Christina Rossetti
The poem contains the lines: "Chuckling, clapping, crowing, Clucking and gobbling, Mopping and mowing,"
- "The King of Owls" by Louise Erdrich
Erdrich's poem starts with the lines: "They say I am excitable! How could I not scream? The Swiss monk’s tonsure spun till it blurred yet his eyes were still."
- "Antigonish" by Hughes Mearns
Means' poems begins:
"Yesterday, upon the stair,
I met a man who wasn’t there
He wasn't there again today
I wish, I wish he’d go away.."
- "The Highwayman" by Alfred Noyes
Noyes' narrative poem includes the lines: "And dark in the dark old inn-yard a stable-wicket creaked Where Tim the ostler listened; his face was white and peaked; His eyes were hollows of madness, his hair like mouldy hay,"
- "The Darkness" by Lord Byron
The frightening poem contains the lines: "Of famine fed upon all entrails—men Died, and their bones were tombless as their flesh; The meagre by the meagre were devour'd, "
- "Haunted Houses" by Henry Wadsworth Longfello
Longfellow's scary poem includes the lines: "The stranger at my fireside cannot see The forms I see, nor hear the sounds I hear;"
- "Ulalume" by Edgar Allan Poe
Poe's poem contains the lines: "And I said—"What is written, sweet sister, On the door of this legended tomb?" She replied—"Ulalume—Ulalume—"
- "Adventures Of Isabel" by Ogden Nash
Nash's poem contains the lines:
"Isabel met a hideous giant,
Isabel continued self reliant.
The giant was hairy, the giant was horrid,
He had one eye in the middle of his forhead"