Silence stretches in
The depths of space, endless void
A lurking nightmare
Quietly exists within
Shadows of unknown horrors
© 5 April 2021, by Haley Scully
This piece was inspired by the excellent survival horror video game series, Dead Space, which very fittingly, takes place in the space system of a futuristic, technologically advanced world. I’ve played quite a few horror games over the years, so I usually don’t get too spooked, but Dead Space is easily one of the most terrifying series I’ve ever experienced. There’s something so unsettling and unnerving about being trapped in space, especially in a nightmarish situation. There’s the isolation, the knowledge that you’re stuck with few exits and options to escape. There’s the permeating silence that fills the air, broken only by eerie creaks and haunting wails in the distance. It all makes for a situation of building dread and terror.
And it was these concepts, ever so present in each Dead Space game, that led me to create this particular piece. I wanted to try capturing those frightening feelings of isolation, entrapment, compounding despair, and dwindling hope. So, needless to say, this poem turned out a bit dark, haha. Feel free to tell me how I did! I’d love to hear your thoughts on this poem! Also, if you’re a fan of horror games, I’d highly recommend trying the Dead Space series! 😊👍