Vampires – Down at the Hotel Dread

Here at Henry Towers we’re getting more than a little excited about the imminent arrival of hallowe’en. Any excuse to dress-up, and we’ve been planning our costumes for months. As we do every year, we’ll be hollowing out pumpkins, concocting blood cocktails, baking bat cookies and performing spooky poems. Poems not unlike this one by one of our favourite poets, Brian Moses. We found it in ‘Knock Down Ginger and other poems’, published by Cambridge University Press. A cracking read, with some wonderful poems to perform and read out loud. Brian Moses also suggests ideas for writing poems and some thoughts on performance.  So without further ado, here’s Brian’s poem. Read and enjoy….

Down at the Hotel Dread
the vampires are taking a break,
no vegetarian meals served here,
just tender and juicy steak.
No garlic in the ghoulash,
no glimpse of summer sun,
just Dracula on the TV
and vampires having fun!

Brian goes on to suggest that with a friend you might write about another ghastly place that you could stay or holiday tour that has been taken over by horrors! Ghost Airlines, Vampire Holidays, Zombie Tours -just let your imagination run riot, he implores!

And to see the master at work click on the You Tube link below. Brian Moses sometimes uses percussion during his poetry readings and very effective it is, too. The second poem in the clip is ‘The Egyptian Mummified Foot’, which is also more than appropriate for hallowe’en.


About The Henry Brothers

We are English teachers involved in ELT publishing in Turkey, and also touring the country giving workshops and presentations to English teachers, mainly on the use of poetry, storytelling and other lively activities in the classroom. We can be contacted by e-mail to or
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2 Responses to Vampires – Down at the Hotel Dread

  1. Mr. G. says:

    I’ve just watched the video. He is very funny, indeed and also inspiring for teachers.

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