Drop a Halloween Haiku and Win Dark Horse’s JOE GOLEM AND THE DROWNING CITY!

There’ll be plenty of tricks coming your way this Halloween, but what about treats? Not everyone loves candy – shocking, I know – so we’re trying to give you something that will satisfy the sweet tooth of your mind: namely, Dark Horse’s super limited edition Joe Golem and the Drowning City hardcover collector’s case.

From the minds of Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden, this collection, which was limited to 1,000 copies, follows Molly McHugh, assistant to the recently abducted psychic Orlov the Conjuror, through the canals of the sunken city of Manhattan, racing against time to save him. Her only hope comes in the form of two decidedly strange men: Victorian Era detective Simon Church, kept alive by gears and magic, and his equally mysterious assistant Joe Golem. It’s a supernatural steampunk epic packed with monsters, malicious men, and more mystery than most mortals can handle.


Sounds pretty rad, right? Trust me, it is. Well, guess what? We’ve got 5, count ‘em, 5 of these ultra limited edition collector’s case editions to take your Halloween from just frightening to frighteningly good. As it turns out, these copies are unsigned, which means that these are actually even rarer than the signed and numbered editions which were sold. See? Everybody wins!

By now, you’re probably asking yourself, “What do I have to do to win?” It’s simple: in the comments below, post your spookiest Halloween haiku, and on Friday, we’ll select our 5 favorites to receive a copy!

Haven’t done a haiku in a while? Don’t worry. I’ve got an example for you right here.

Do you like prizes?

Well, I certainly hope so.

Because we’ve got ‘em.

See? Easy as pumpkin pie. Remember – 5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables. Be quick about it, though! You only have until 11:59:59 PM on Thursday, October 31st to get your submissions in, because on Friday, we’re moving on to full on Thanksgiving mode, and ain’t nobody gonna have time for your spooky ass. Oh, and it will probably behoove you to attach an e-mail address when posting your comment (not in the body of the comment, though) to make it easier to get in touch with you. Now, get writing, guys, because I’m in the mood for some seriously horror-laden haiku.

But, while you’re waiting to find out the results of the contest, why not pick up the first issue of Baltimore by Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden? In honor of the third hardcover collection, Dark Horse is selling issue #1 for the bargain basement price of just $1. That’s right – one George Washington is all it takes to get your hot little hands on the chilling tale of a soldier trying to destroy a coven of vampires in World War I-era Europe. Enough jibber-jabber though – get back to haiku-writin’!

UPDATE: Holy smokes, you guys! I didn’t expect to get so many incredible entries! You blew me away and this was a total blast (and a real Sophie’s Choice) to pick winners. Check your e-mail because winners have been notified. You only have 24 hours to claim your prize or I’ll have to move on to the next poet on my list! Thanks again and keep your eyes peeled for our next comment section contest!

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