Acceptance Stage by I.M. NOSFERATU

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Ignacio M. Nosferatu, who is quickly becoming our resident poet, finishes up the year with another Black Dog/Depression/Awareness/Survivor themed poem. Winston Churchill called his “dark periods” visits with the Black Dog.  In this particular one, Nosferatu has reached, much like in the five stages of grief, the “acceptance” stage.





Alone but never lonely

How could I be?

With the Black Dog forever stalking me

At the periphery of my vision,

A dark blur, at best, but visible nevertheless,

Waiting patiently for our inevitable collision

A moment of vulnerability is all it takes

For him to slip into my world and make me shake

My shrink says an illusion, a mental mirage is he

A cursory dismissal from an armchair scribe

Who can never fully understand that which I describe

Or really knows how I feel and what I see

Except his own textbook dicta and filigree


And therein lies the rub

The Black Dog is mine and mine alone, I claim ownership

And so, it’s up to me to curb his canine showmanship

I’ve passed anger and denial when I passed Park and Go

Instead, I accept my anxiety and this hallucinatory bub

As an indivisible part of me and my continued sobriety.


by I.M. Nosferatu

IMNOSI.M. Nosferatu hails from Gehenna (look it up). He has an encyclopedic mind for horror, sci-fi, paranormal, and the occult. He has myriad other hobbies and interests which may not be appropriate to print here (or to divulge at all), but his mission in life (and death) at least for our purposes, is to find good (or as he puts it “sick”), spine-chilling, blood-curdling media in the horror genre and tout it to the world. He is a straight shooter and calls ‘em like he sees ‘em. He will not suffer fools, sycophants, ass-kissers, brown-nosers, and other suck-ups. Pillow Talking is thrilled to have him on board as a guest blogger despite having never met him face-to-face and dealing solely through emails (at odd hours of the night).

If you have something in particular you would like for I.M. Nosferatu to review, you may contact him (if you dare) at

TWITTER: @IM_Nosferatu

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About Stephanie & Wayne

Stephanie is a journalist, writer, editor, and has had several hundred articles published in various newspapers and magazines, many of which still are available online under “Stephanie Lyons Schultz”. She has a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology and was a practicing psychotherapist. She currently is a professor of psychology at WCSU and NVCC in Connecticut. Wayne is an Emmy-Award winning writer, producer, and director. He has produced many programs and documentaries that have appeared on television, and have been distributed to schools, libraries, and home video. Wayne also is a practicing attorney with a Masters degree in Law from NYU. In addition, he is a professor of communications at WCSU. Together, this recently wed couple write, produce, and direct as many of their stage, screen, and TV projects as they can with a full house -- their combined brood of seven! Some of their work has been featured this summer and fall off off Broadway; other work currently is under option. They hope to continue to promote more of their projects in the coming months! Feel free to write whatever comments you like! We want your feedback!