“A Tale of Hell and Other Works of Horror” is Available on Amazon Kindle and in Print

My e-book collection of horror shorts A Tale of Hell and Other Works of Horror” is available on Amazon Kindle.  For your copy, go to my Amazon author’s page (amazon.com/author/philslattery) where you can find links to my other works as well.

In this collection of published and previously unpublished stories of horror, I offer a look into the minds of people who perpetrate horrors, from acts of stupidity with unintended results to cold-hearted revenge to pure enjoyment to complete indifference. Settings range from 17th-century France in the heart of the werewolf trials to the resurrection of the Aztec black arts to a medicine man’s revenge in the Old West to the depths of Hell to mob vengeance and modern day necromancy to sociopathic serial killers and on to alien worlds in the distant future.

Don’t forget to show your appreciation for these tales by leaving a review on Amazon, Goodreads, or other social media.


P.S. Winn gave the collection four stars on Amazon, calling it “Great variety”, and commented: “The author has given readers a fantastic collection of varied horror stories. Short stories, flash fiction and even shorter micro fiction tales are included in a collection that might have readers keeping their lights on. I have read other books by this author and love the writing style and the way his words draw one into the tales.”

Comments on previously published stories (which are only a part of those in this collection) include:

Jay Manning, editor of Midnight Times commented in its Spring, 2006 issue: “Wolfsheim” is basically a traditional horror story that tells the tale of a small European village confronted by the threat of werewolves. If you like stories about lycans, you definitely need to check this one out. Great stuff.”

Publisher Charlie Fish of Fiction on the Web summarizes A “Tale of Hell” as a “… chilling vision of hell”. Other comments on “A Tale of Hell” from readers of Fiction on the Web:

“An intense and well paced story, cleverly leading the reader up a number of garden paths before Jack’s reality finally clarifies and appears in all its horror. The writing is focused and spare as Jack’s malevolent characteristics and idiosyncrasies manifest themselves…Overall a strong tale that lingers in the imagination…”

“brilliantly descriptive piece on man´s apparently unstoppable descent, literally into hell,…”

” Enjoyed this story. I thought it was nicely written. Started with a familiar vision of hell, but added several unique treatments; kept me interested in how it all would end. Thanks”

Publisher Charlie Fish of Fiction on the Web summarizes “Dream Warrior” as a “…powerful revenge epic about a man who visits his Mexican grandfather for spiritual guidance after a violent crime results in the death if his fiancée”. Fiction on the Web readers commented:

“quite literally a rite of passage, mystical and with an interesting payoff, one which Miguel may have to reckon with in time. some very good writing and characterisation. well done”

“…this is a rite of passage, complex and rich with significance. The cultural invocations are vivid and intense, the work of a writer in his/her full stride. The future for Miguel, who knows? The readers interest is fully engaged with what is to come…”

“Really enjoyed the story-kept me up past my bedtime reading it!”

“I loved the concept, was fascinated by the almost hallucinatory detail of legend with its fatal shadowlands.”

Reader comments on “Murder by Plastic” include:

“Chilling and brilliantly economical”

“Very well-paced and intriguing”

“Fabulous story! Five stars!”

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Seeking Opinions on a Possible Title

One possible title I have for my sci-fi work in progress is “Shadows and Stars”? It is for a novel set on another planet, where the astronomer, who has teleported there, finds himself caught up in intrigue and caught between the government and the rebels in a revolution.

How does that title make you feel? Does it make you feel curious enough to pick up the book and read the back cover?


I have been working on a sci-fi novel over the last few months. I had an idea where I wanted to take it, but couldn’t get it to quite come together.

Today, I wrote something vaguely like an outline for it, but more like a list of scenes in bullet form.

Yes, I know. Outlines are an old and very useful means of organizing a story. I have rarely used them, however, as I have written mostly short stories, for which I have found outlines superfluous. But, as Hemingway said, novels are a different animal from a short story. Using my list of scenes has helped me tremendously, not just in organizing, but also in making sure important details and connections are covered. As a result, I feel that today I have made substantially more progress today than at any other time working on this novel. I will be using this method on my other works in progress. My output should increase significantly.

We live and learn.

Lorraine Warren dies at 92; paranormal investigator inspired ‘The Conjuring’ films

Lorraine Warren dies at 92; paranormal investigator inspired ‘The Conjuring’ films

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Book Review: A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C.A. Fletcher

Book Review: A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C.A. Fletcher

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Kind der Kälte – der Überlebenskampf einer kirgisischen Migrantin

Kind der Kälte – der Überlebenskampf einer kirgisischen Migrantin

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Tropic of Violence by Nathacha Appanah – a chilling and highly recommended novella

Tropic of Violence by Nathacha Appanah – a chilling and highly recommended novella

— Read on bookaroundthecorner.wordpress.com/2019/04/23/tropic-of-violence-by-nathacha-appanah/

Film Review – The Highwaymen (2019)

I watched once all the way through and parts of it again. This is a very good movie, and from the articles I have read, they went to great lengths to be historically accurate. They even filmed the death scene of Bonnie and Clyde in the exact spot where it happened and covered the road in dirt to make it appear as it did back in the day.

Film Review – The Highwaymen (2019)

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