PANIC is a collection of over 20 of Benjamin Welton’s best poems, touching on fear, loneliness, insanity, and more. Rooted in the tradition of Emily Dickinson and Edgar Allan Poe, Welton’s poetry brings an American Gothic sensibility to the 21st century, examining history, the supernatural, and the panic we all feel living in modern society.
Featuring work published at Social Matter and other literary journals that are no longer online, Terror House Press is proud to bring Welton’s poetry back into print. PANIC also includes several poems published by Terror House Magazine in 2018 and 2019.
“A beautiful, dark echo in a shadowed room, PANIC reads like an epitaph of the decline. Published in the aftermath of COVID-19, this ode to the modern age includes poems such as ‘Weight,’ which perfectly reflects the spirit of fear that surrounds us. Welton writes lines like ‘let the city-state die’ and it evokes a time that feels like it exists somewhere in the heart, all too visceral to be simply fantasy. He melds the worldly and the sacred, showing beauty and ruin in an elegant paean to mankind’s flashes of nobility.” — Leslie D. Soule, author of Fallenwood