Advice to Horror Girl Victims

by Kirsty Logan

open your mouth            wide                        now wider

make sure they can hear that scream

all the way             to the back             of the cinema. aim

to deafen the projectionist            & make the most

of that dental work

your daddy paid for.


look behind you when you run                        up to the attic

or down to the basement            or whichever way

leads to snapping jaws. turn vigorously to the camera

so your hair                        flips             just right. pull

your dress tight             so your tits bounce.

leave a trail of potential weapons

                        dropped from your shaking hands.

you must always make it easy for him to follow.


later there will be a girl who will grab a weapon

and not let go.                        but this is only the third scene. you

are axe-fodder. you should not have

fucked           smoked            cursed         filled the shape of a woman.

next time only sign on if your character            has a boy's name.

too late                        you are taut-calved & ripe for the knife.


soon you will be dead. open your eyes.