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New material is up at The Chamber. The Chamber Magazine Contents “Ferry Ride” Dark Fiction by Alan Catlin “Peppermint Candy” Dark Fiction by James Mulhern Three Dark Poems by Peter … Continue reading

Update May 2, 2022

Missed a step in the dark last night and injured my left ankle. Don’t know if it’s sprained, twisted or what. Quite sore and painful to walk on. More than last night. My wife will be driving me to the ER soon.

Information on Batesville, Arkansas Comic Con

Photo at Arkansas Post National Memorial, 2019

I have been invited to speak at the Batesville, Arkansas Comic Con at the Independence County Library, (267 East Main Street, Batesville) about my writing and about The Chamber Magazine on March 5. The exact time is yet to be determined. I will probably be there all day. The Comic Con lasts from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. If you happen to be in the area, please drop by. Tickets are available through Eventbrite at the link above.

Phil Slattery, Publisher, The Chamber Magazine

Update on Batesville, Arkansas Comic Con

Photo at Arkansas Post National Memorial, 2019

I have been invited to speak at the Batesville, Arkansas Comic Con at the Independence County Library, (267 East Main Street, Batesville) about my writing and about The Chamber Magazine on March 5. The exact time is yet to be determined. I will probably be there all day. The Comic Con lasts from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. If you happen to be in the area, please drop by. Tickets are available through Eventbrite at the link above.

Phil Slattery, Publisher, The Chamber Magazine

Update on Batesville, Arkansas Comic Con

Photo at Arkansas Post National Memorial, 2019

I have been invited to speak at the Batesville, Arkansas Comic Con at the Independence County Library, (267 East Main Street, Batesville) about my writing and about The Chamber Magazine on March 5. The exact time is yet to be determined. I will probably be there all day. The Comic Con lasts from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. If you happen to be in the area, please drop by. Tickets are available through Eventbrite at the link above.

Phil Slattery, Publisher, The Chamber Magazine

New Policy

From now on, I am not deciding which submissions will be published after thee glasses of Cabernet. I have had no problems yet and I intend not to make any.

Rural Fiction Magazine is now Accepting Submissions

Slattery Publishing’s latest endeavor, Rural Fiction Magazine (RFM), is now accepting submissions. Detailed guidelines can be found on RFM’s Submissions Page.

Rural Fiction Magazine (RFM) is seeking mainstream and/or literary fiction and poetry that explores the beauty and drama of rural life on both an emotional and intellectual level. That said, RFM is willing to look at any other genre (horror, fantasy, noir, mystery, thriller, adventure, etc.) so long as it has a rural setting and addresses topics or themes of interest to people in rural areas. For that matter, although RFM expects the vast majority of submissions to be set in the US, but we are not adverse to seeing works set in rural areas of other nations. Remember, this is going out over the Internet. People all over the world will be able to read the stories published here, be they from Canada, England, Mexico, Tahiti, Japan, Malaysia, Uzbekistan, or wherever.

For the foreseeable future, RFM will be a monthly, online-only magazine publishing on the first of each month. The deadline for submissions is one week before the publication date. Anything received after that will be considered for the next issue.

“You Can’t Mix Science Fiction and Horror!” Um, Yes, You CAN!

Good article worth reading.

Classically Educated

Guest columnist Richard H. Fay is back today, as he continues to give us his very personal view of genre fiction, which he has been a part of as a reader, writer and illustrator for decades.  You can read his blog here, and we also recommend checking out his Zazzle Store.  

One of the more ridiculous notions floating around in the science fiction writing world today is that you cannot mix genres, especially science fiction and horror. As it was once explained to me by an adherent of this notion, if something with the trappings of science fiction (like the movieAlien) elicits a sense of horror or dread, it is actually horror, not science fiction. What rot! Not only is this type of genre gatekeeping annoying as heck, it also neglects to acknowledge the reality of the situation.

This idea that one cannot mix science fiction…

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