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The Abominable Dr. Phibes

American International Pictures, 1971

 Ace Boggess
 Ace Boggess
The Abominable Dr. Phibes
by Ace Boggess  FollowFollow
Ace Boggess lives in Charleston, West Virginia. He is an ex-con, ex-husband, ex-reporter, and completely exhausted by all the things he isn' more anymore. His books include two poetry collections, The Prisoners (Brick Road, 2014) and The Beautiful Girl Whose Wish Was Not Fulfilled (Highwire, 2003) and his novel A Song Without a Melody (Hyperborea Publishing, 2016).
More work by Ace Boggess:
Issue 92 · poetry
The Abominable Dr. Phibes

I planned to change the burned-

out flood lights this afternoon,

but thought better of it

once rain came on like an infection, &

messing with sockets seemed a bad idea.

I stayed in & watched this

on one station or another—

the Ghoulish Lunchtime Channel,

perhaps, or the Rainy Day Lovers

Network. There’s love

in it somewhere: a story

about devotion, but with bodies

adding up. Phibes, his face seared

to grease stain on a paper plate,

is like a ruthless lawyer suing

for medical malpractice,

except he writes his briefs in blood,

locusts, all the plagues of Egypt.

Then, as with most mass murderers,

it’s suicide. He wants death

as much as revenge, & gets it,

dies for his love by self-embalming—

not a way I’d want to go

any more than standing outside in the rain,

trying to give my porch a little light.




  18 months ago
phibes would approve


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