SHAWN M. KLIMEK is the author of more than 200 published poems and short stories in several genres. As of June 2021, he is featured in 25 BHP publications and accepted in 10 more. He is the author of the illustrated, dark fantasy tale “Hungry Thing”, consistently rated 5-stars on, and briefly, the number one best seller for poetry on Finally, he is the son of creative parents to seven creative siblings, a veteran, a godfather, a globetrotting, U.S. military spouse and butler to a Maltese named Noneko. His writing journey can be tracked on any of the sites below.

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Merry Crashed-Mass

by Shawn M. Klimek   Day 11: So cold. The smoking, skeletal remains of the crashed sleigh are poor shelter. Yet, to be more easily spotted by a search plane, I have resisted wandering. I am now convinced of sabotage. I wrack my brain for suspects, but fumes from the plastic toys burned for heat […]

Eldritch & Ether

Beautiful, heartfelt poetry from international poets

Satan’s Butterfly

by Shawn M. Klimek   Spanning the stems of a prickly cactus, a spiderweb glittered in the morning dew like a sequined doily. When a yellow hornet—actually, a demon—descended nearby, the web’s owner warily revealed itself. “What now?” demanded the spider (also a demon). “Just watch.” Pimples like blackberry drupelets erupted all over the hornet’s […]

Kill the Messenger

by Shawn M. Klimek   Kendra hurried back to the shelter to share the bad news. Dr. Armstrong’s serum had backfired. Despite early hopeful signs, all those treated had eventually regressed. Worse, the contagion seemed to have evolved a new vector. Armstrong had seemed about to explain when he tried to bite her instead. Was […]





A Savage Christmas

by Shawn M. Klimek   After two years imbedded with savage, aborigines, the missionary couple radioed that they had finally mastered the tribe’s primitive language.  It being December, the responding resupply package had included, besides the usual toiletries and fresh batteries, greeting cards signed by the church elders, a giftwrapped, gingerbread stable containing a chocolate […]


by Shawn M. Klimek   “It’s a parasitic twin,” Patty said. “It’s ugly, I know. Are you disgusted?” “It’s…” “You hate it, don’t you!” she bawled. “No, I’m just surprised.” “I just wanted there to be no secrets before our wedding,” she said, wiping a tear. “Do you still love me?” I smiled and squeezed […]

Riddle of the Sphinx

Riddle of the Sphinx

by Shawn M. Klimek   “Domesticated dogs came into being after generations of cavemen cross-bred wolves willing to be petted,” Keller lectured. “Two millennia later, wolves are a separate species. Evolution takes practice.” “But why a chimera?” Larkin challenged hotly. “A lion’s head, goat’s body and a serpent tail? That’s not just playing God, that’s […]

A Psi of Relief

A Psi of Relief

by Shawn M. Klimek   Once the mushroom’s psychotropic effects kicked in, Philip and Janice realized they could read each other’s minds.  The thought stream which culminated in their copulation went as follows:  I sense we’re both horny. Horny, not desperate. Screw you, then. Sorry, that just came out. Don’t pity me. Your vulnerability is […]

Well Always Have Venus

We’ll Always Have Venus

by Shawn M. Klimek   To humanity’s great relief, the aliens who had arrived by warp-gate were not conquerors, but law-abiding capitalists who had come hoping to develop our system’s underutilized real estate. In exchange for forfeiting Earth claims to Mars, they proposed to make Venus habitable for human expansion—a price too good to refuse. […]

Shawn M. Klimek

SHAWN M. KLIMEK is the author of more than 200 published poems and short stories in several genres. As of June 2021, he is featured in 25 BHP publications and accepted in 10 more.

The Hot Bunk

by Shawn M. Klimek   Lieutenant Kent ached. His leaden eyelids fluttered as he struggled to focus on the faces above him. “How are you feeling, Lieutenant?” asked Doctor Horn. “Dying,” Kent croaked. “The symbiote is weakening, too,” said Horn. “Both of you are dangerously sleep deprived.” “The symbiote has been communicating with us every […]