The Tingler

Ace Boggess

Columbia Pictures, William Castle Productions, 1959

how this would explain my life
fear of meeting other people
fear of walking into any room
a monster growing
against my spine
like a desperate vise
beast I bore in silence
never screaming
not a whisper

if it were a creature like a lobster
wielding grotesque pincers
sewing needles
mine would be a history
in adventure-novel style
where the hero has a chance
to come through once
though unlike Vincent Price
he never does