Special Feature: “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”

https://www.facebook.com/100027203064168/videos/545765156340248/ On Sunday, March 7, a friend of mine, Tim Stamps, whom I have known since college way back in the dark ages of the 70's, sent me this link to a truly dark video. I thought it would make an excellent special feature for The Chamber. Here's what he says about it: "Hey Phil, check … Continue reading Special Feature: “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”

The Chamber Magazine is Seeking Dark Fiction and Poetry

The Chamber Magazine is seeking articles, reviews, essays, poems, and short stories of approximately 5,000 words (more or less) including flash, micro fiction, smoke longs, drabbles or of any flavor of short fiction that demonstrates the art of writing dark fiction, whether it be prose, poetry, one-act plays, or any other form of literature.  We … Continue reading The Chamber Magazine is Seeking Dark Fiction and Poetry

The Chamber Magazine is Seeking Dark Fiction and Poetry

The Chamber Magazine is seeking articles, reviews, essays, poems, and short stories of approximately 2,000 words (more or less) including flash, micro fiction, smoke longs, drabbles or of any flavor of short fiction that demonstrates the art of writing dark fiction, whether it be prose, poetry, one-act plays, or any other form of literature.  We … Continue reading The Chamber Magazine is Seeking Dark Fiction and Poetry

The Chamber Magazine is Seeking Dark Fiction and Poetry from Around the World

The Chamber Magazine is seeking articles, reviews, essays, poems, and short stories of approximately 5,000 words (more or less) including flash, micro fiction, smoke longs, drabbles or of any flavor of short fiction that demonstrates the art of writing dark fiction, whether it be prose, poetry, one-act plays, or any other form of literature.  We … Continue reading The Chamber Magazine is Seeking Dark Fiction and Poetry from Around the World

Update for March 4, 2021: Lycanthrope

Here is a quick update on my progress on my horror novel, Lycanthrope. Currently, I have over 46,000 words on Lycanthrope and I am gradually building toward a climax, probably the first of two or three along with at least two plot twists that should spice things up. The main setting of Lycanthrope is in … Continue reading Update for March 4, 2021: Lycanthrope

My Kind of Place to Write

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npVellnR6D8 Before the Coronavirus struck, I used to love to go to coffee shops or diners and write with a decent pen into a spiral notebook. I have a few dozens of these on my library shelves, where I would come up with an idea while out running errands and then go buy a notebook … Continue reading My Kind of Place to Write

Update: Progress on Lycanthrope, Feb. 2, 2021, 4:56 a.m.

I resurrected Lycanthrope on December 31 and now have 45,729 words in it. I couldn't sleep, so I am working on it now (4:56 a.m.). As you know, I love the ambience videos on YouTube. I was watching the one below to help me relax and fall asleep, but my mind wouldn't shut down (I … Continue reading Update: Progress on Lycanthrope, Feb. 2, 2021, 4:56 a.m.

Creepy Cabin in the Woods

As you may know, I live in house in the remote backwoods of Arkansas on what was once a civil war battlefield. A few thousand probably died here and my house is probably very near where the Union commanding officer stood while directing the fight, which was only a hundred yards or so away. Being … Continue reading Creepy Cabin in the Woods

The Chamber Magazine is Seeking Dark Fiction and Poetry

The Chamber Magazine is seeking articles, reviews, essays, poems, and short stories of approximately 2,000 words (more or less) including flash, micro fiction, smoke longs, drabbles or of any flavor of short fiction that demonstrates the art of writing dark fiction, whether it be prose, poetry, one-act plays, or any other form of literature.  We … Continue reading The Chamber Magazine is Seeking Dark Fiction and Poetry

Update: Lycanthrope

I just now reached 40, 246 words on Lycanthrope. According to my scan of publishers on Duotrope, 40,000 words is the minimal word count that almost all publishers will consider a novel. My best estimate currently is that I will need another 20,000 words to complete Lycanthrope. I have been working on this since the … Continue reading Update: Lycanthrope

Playlist: Diegaro

Here is an article I published on The Chamber Magazine today. I thought it would be suitable for this blog as well.

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Sometimes in my YouTube account, I create playlists of music to help inspire my writing of one work or another. Below is my playlist “Diegaro”. “Diegaro” is Esperanto for Gathering of the Great Gods (Esperanto is the artificial language I use as the alien language). I listen to this sometimes to inspire or accompany work on my sci-fi novel Shadows and Stars, sometimes just to start the morning.

In the novel, the two main characters, the astrophysicist Daryn Jacob and his bodyguard/guide, Baslo Sero, are traveling by foot on a long journey across the planet Zaigosh. On Zaigosh, religion is outlawed. Nonetheless, tens of thousands of worshippers of many gods meet in secret and away from the government’s eyes in a remote canyon. Daryn and Sero happen into this celebration and see many odd and wild things. This playlist is a soundtrack for what they experience in the Diegaro.

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Update, February 22: Progress on Lycanthrope

As you probably know, I have been taking a break from writing Shadows and Stars and working on Lycanthrope, a psychological thriller/horror instead. Shadows and Stars is over 150,000 words and needs some editing and a little revision, but revising it was becoming complex and I was becoming a little burnt out on it. There … Continue reading Update, February 22: Progress on Lycanthrope

The Chamber Magazine is Seeking Dark Fiction and Poetry

The Chamber Magazine is seeking articles, reviews, essays, poems, and short stories of approximately 2,000 words (more or less) including flash, micro fiction, smoke longs, drabbles or of any flavor of short fiction that demonstrates the art of writing dark fiction, whether it be prose, poetry, one-act plays, or any other form of literature.  We … Continue reading The Chamber Magazine is Seeking Dark Fiction and Poetry

The Chamber Magazine is Seeking Dark Fiction and Poetry

The Chamber Magazine is seeking articles, reviews, essays, poems, and short stories of approximately 2,000 words (more or less) including flash, micro fiction, smoke longs, drabbles or of any flavor of short fiction that demonstrates the art of writing dark fiction, whether it be prose, poetry, one-act plays, or any other form of literature.  We … Continue reading The Chamber Magazine is Seeking Dark Fiction and Poetry

The Chamber Magazine is Seeking Dark Fiction and Poetry

The Chamber Magazine is seeking articles, reviews, essays, poems, and short stories of approximately 2,000 words (more or less) including flash, micro fiction, smoke longs, drabbles or of any flavor of short fiction that demonstrates the art of writing dark fiction, whether it be prose, poetry, one-act plays, or any other form of literature.  We … Continue reading The Chamber Magazine is Seeking Dark Fiction and Poetry

The Chamber Magazine is Seeking Dark Fiction and Poetry

The Chamber Magazine is seeking articles, reviews, essays, poems, and short stories of approximately 2,000 words (more or less) including flash, micro fiction, smoke longs, drabbles or of any flavor of short fiction that demonstrates the art of writing dark fiction, whether it be prose, poetry, one-act plays, or any other form of literature.  We … Continue reading The Chamber Magazine is Seeking Dark Fiction and Poetry

Update: Lycanthrope, February 12, 2021

As you may know, I have started on another novel entitled Lycanthrope. I am still working on Shadows and Stars, but I have ideas constantly flowing about Lycanthrope, so I am getting them down as fast as possible. The story is about a man who decides he wants to become a werewolf, so he researches … Continue reading Update: Lycanthrope, February 12, 2021