Challenger Deep, by Mathias Jansson

The submarine sank deeper and deeper

seeking the secrets

at the bottom of Challenger Deep

While the crew were sleeping

dreaming about ancient horror

creeping in the dark abyss below

the sonar started beeping

The ring of fire suddenly quaked

the sea raised from below

tsunami warnings echoed

on distance shores

The crew gazed with fear

in the light of lava streams

the forbidden crystal cave

the lost city of R’lyeh

before a cloud of mud

closed the sight for ever

forcing the submarine

to emerge to the surface again

Mesmerized hospitalized

catatonic as empty shells

a crew suffering from the bend

the expert explained

But on a short video clip

a horrifying vision

of a monster moving in the dark

shadows of a gigantic tentacle

at the bottom of Mariana Trench


Mathias Jansson is a Swedish art critic and horror poet. He has been published in magazines as The Horror Zine Magazine, Dark Eclipse, Schlock, The Sirens Call, Apehlion and Trembles Horror Magazine. He has also contributed to several anthologies from Horrified Press, James Ward Kirk Fiction, Source Point Press and other publisher. Homepage: Amazon author page:

Posted on January 20, 2014, in Issue 12: The Shadows Only Hide the Monsters: Poe & Lovecraft Tribute and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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