Warning: Zombies Ahead

Guurrgh….uuurgh…brrraiiins…. sllluurp.

Translation: Angela is in Idaho, amassing a zombie horde for world domination vacationing with her family. Normal Thesaurus posts will be suspended until her return August 16th.

Lucky for you, she’s left a few of her favorite lieutenant zombies in charge, and our first official act is to announce a little contest. We think you’ll like it.

First Annual Zombie Haiku Contest

Oh yes–you read correctly. Sure, Zombies eat brains. But don’t we also have an inner soul, a burning desire to unleash pent up emotions in the form of, erm…poetry?

Let’s face it–Zombies? Poetry? Someone needed to go there. Angela is that person. The question is, are you up to the challenge? Can you get in touch of your inner Zombie and make Angela tear up or better yet, laugh out loud? We hope so, because you could win an in depth first chapter critique.

This is quite possibly the most awesome contest on the web. In fact, we wouldn’t be surprised at all if the talent rolling in is so gut-spittingly awesome that more than one critique will have to be awarded.

So for the Haiku challenged, the format is scary simple: 5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables. Like so:

Hungry moans outside
Fingers scrabble at the door
Time to get the axe

Look, the ice cream man
Only has one flavor left
What’s Head Cheese Surprise?

My silent boyfriend
We hold hands in the moonlight
Likes me for my brain

Is there a Zombie Epic inside you, longing to burst out? Set it free and post your haiku in your comment section! The contest will run until Angela returns, dead or alive. Followers can enter as many zombie haikus as they like.

For extra chances to win, post a link to this contest on your blog and let me know in the comments section where you spread the word. Each time you post a link to this contest you’ll earn an additional chance to win a bonus critique!

So, what are you waiting for? Let’s see some poetry, people!

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Angela is a writing coach, international speaker, and bestselling author who loves to travel, teach, empower writers, and pay-it-forward. She also is a founder of One Stop For Writers, a portal to powerful, innovative tools to help writers elevate their storytelling.
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6 years ago

[…] ← Warning: Zombies Ahead Zombie Haiku Winners! → […]

11 years ago

Body parts falling off.
How will I move without legs?
Can I borrow yours?

Dripping flesh is gross.
Rotting skin. Maggots. Vomit.
The stench is awful.

11 years ago

Dreaming. Zombies eat.
All my fingers are missing.
Will this nightmare end?

Gross zombies eat brains
Why do they pass my brother?
It sucks to be smart.

Linking to my blog: http://www.lchardesty.blogspot.com
Thanks! 🙂

11 years ago


Please let me help you.
Can I give you a hand? Oops.
Still got my left one!

11 years ago

(I entered before, but took it down to submit it to a ‘zine. Sorry.)

When Zombies sleep do
They count brains instead of sheep?
Midnight snack is… me?!?!

11 years ago

Saw this on the Blue Board and couldn’t resist popping over to read. Here’s mine:

The Undead Gastronome’s Lament

Brains are nice, but in
time they do get old. I ask,
why not quiche tonight?

11 years ago

Munch. Crunch. Tasty braiiinzzz.
Buffet needed? Head to school.
Enlarged brainzzzz abound.

Azomb B


11 years ago

Seriously, I am overwhelmed at your Zombie awesomeness! How will I ever choose winners?

These are all FANTABULOUS!!!

Lori Degman
11 years ago

It’s all-you-can-eat
At the graveyard smorgasbord
Just one more helping

Thanks – this was fun!

11 years ago


11 years ago

His melting arm knocks.
Her grave lifts and he groans, “Date?”
She devours him.

The last time I wrote a haiku was about three years ago. Lots of goodies on this site – I love it.

11 years ago

I love these!! Here’s mine:

My Zombie House at Dinner Time

What you want dinner?
Dunno. What you want dinner?
Delivery man!

Hello? Pizza House?
Send pizza. And pizza guy.
Ding dong. Nom nom. Burp.

That delicious, but
me need little something sweet.
Neighbors for dessert?

And I’ll link to your contest Saturday over in Jacqui’s Room.

11 years ago

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11 years ago

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11 years ago

Cool, I’ve never tried writing a haiku before.

Digs a shallow grave,
All that’s buried must arise.
In cold hands, house keys.

Christina Farley
11 years ago

Oh my! I’m not sure I’m up to thinking anything other than unpacking these last few boxes but it’s sure fun reading everyone else’s responses!

Mary Witzl
11 years ago

(I live with blondes, so I figure I can get away with combining a zombie haiku and a joke.)

Sad zombie faces
Bellies won’t be filled tonight
In a house of blondes

11 years ago

What a topic but you’re never too old to try anything new..

Wake, wake up you dead
Walk this night, among headstones
Task to scare away

Wilting smelly skins
Go seek out fresh flesh alive
Suck away essence

11 years ago

I’m going to have to come back to this after lunch, lol

Gayle C. Krause
11 years ago

Thought I’d go with a multicultural Zombie. This was fun.

Caribbean ghost
sways to the Soca rhythms
in the Jumbie Dance.

I have linked your blog to mine.


C.R. Evers
11 years ago

LOL! :0)

I’m too tired now
for my own Zombie Hiaku.
Will write one later.

Oh snap! I crapped out a haiku! :0) I must be a natural.

11 years ago

I dunno if this is allowed, but I’m creating a longer poem composed of individual haiku:

Young girl in the dark
Face hidden by too-long hair
Skin just a tad pale

Eyes following her
A shadow slips from behind
Tongue draws across lips

Girl picks up her pace
Man laughs and begins the chase
They run in the dark

Streetlights left behind
Up the alleyway they go
No one else around

Suddenly she stops
He hesitates and steps back…
…He’s not the zombie

Slash! Smash! Rip and Tear!
Too bad he didn’t notice
Maggots in her hair

Writing away about my latest 3 week adventure through China at http://katacomb.blogspot.com

Teri K
11 years ago

On a non-related topic — How did you get the date slot to move above the post title? I’ve been asking for several days and no one seems to know. I’d like to know how you changed the color, too. Mine refuses to change.
If you could drop me a quick note when you have time, I’ll let you have first go the next time the zombies show up in my closet. (That’s why it’s such a mess, you know. They hang out in there when they have nothing better to do.)
Thanks very much.

Teri K
11 years ago

I don’t think I’m up to Zombies right now, but I may try one. I did put a link on my blog, and will mention it in today’s post. I have a daughter-in-law who is perfect for this. I heard about the contest from Putting Pen to Paper. Thanks for the fun idea.

Susan York Meyers
11 years ago

Blood all slurped and gone
Our brains mushed and eyeballs popped
Zombie dinner time

11 years ago

Into mounds of rotting phlegm
He still devours braaaainnns.

11 years ago

Oh you Zombie Fiend
With your disfunctional brain
Will nothing stop you?

Tricia J. O'Brien
11 years ago

I’m such a sucker! More zombie haiku spewing forth. I promise to stop after these.

Along the old road
Not a soul–only echoes
Of shuffling footsteps

Wrapping moist innards
In bamboo leaves, she pauses
To lick her fingers

11 years ago

LOL! There’s no zombie haikus in me but have fun! 🙂

MG Higgins
11 years ago

Please, the scrabbling cease!
Through my door you will not find
A brain omelet.