My Short Story “Letters” to be Published in Fiction on the Web on January 13

Just now, I received word that my short story “Letters” will appear in Fiction on the Web, a UK online magazine published by Charlie Fish, on January 13. Charlie has some impressive writing credentials (see the Fiction on the Web About page) and I am always honored to be published by him.

Just now, I received word that my short story “Letters” will appear in Fiction on the Web, a UK online magazine published by Charlie Fish, on January 13. Charlie has some impressive writing credentials (see the Fiction on the Web About page) and I am always honored to be published by him.

“Letters” is dark sort of love story, but I won’t say more than that or I will ruin the story for you. It is rather short (1,424 words), but I think it is powerful. I decided last week that I needed to publish a short story and while I was trying to decide which of my many drafts I wanted to finish, I hit upon the idea for “Letters” and wrote it in an evening. What you will see is the one and only draft. Had I gone back over it a few times, I could have improved the phrasing and details of the vocabulary, but I was eager to have something published. This is the first story I have had published in a long time.

I chose to publish it in Fiction on the Web, because Charlie Fish has been gracious enough to publish eight of my stories since 2015, and I thought this might be a good fit for Fiction on the Web. If you would like to read my other stories that have been published on Fiction on the Web, just go to the website and punch my name into the search bar.

What I like about being published on Fiction on the Web is the amount of comments I receive on my works. I have received several with each story and they all seem honest and straightforward and almost all are very positive. I have always enjoyed reading them, and I have learned a few things from their constructive criticism.

Thanks for taking the time to read my brief note and I hope you will return from time to time.

You might also want to check out my own online magazine The Chamber. The Chamber publishes a new issue on the first Friday of every month. It appears to be growing in popularity. As of October, The Chamber had had more views and visitors than in all of 2021.

Currently, I strive to publish at least 40,000 words of prose with each issue, so that each month my audience receives the equivalent of a small novel. I don’t include poetry in that word count. So, any poems are over and above whatever the prose count is for that issue.

Take care. Hasta luego.

Update: Progress on My Novel Shadows and Stars

For the last week I have been focusing on completing the final draft of my novel Shadows and Stars. Tonight, I reached the halfway point, page 165 of 330. The end is coming into view. After I finish this draft, I will start looking for an agent.

For the last week I have been focusing on completing the final draft of my novel Shadows and Stars. Tonight, I reached the halfway point, page 165 of 330. The end is coming into view. After I finish this draft, which should be in 1-2 weeks, I will start looking for an agent.

Then it is on to the next novel: Lycanthrope, whose first draft is almost complete. I may need to take it through another two to three drafts before it is finished.

I have more novels waiting in the wings once Lycanthrope is finished.

Update August 7, 2022: Progress on Incommunicado-Second Draft Completed

Today, I finished the second draft of my full-length play “Incommunicado”. Hopefully, I will do only one more to tidy everything up and it will be ready to be submitted.

Today, I finished the second draft of my full-length play “Incommunicado”. Hopefully, I will do only one more to tidy everything up and it will be ready to be submitted.

Phil Slattery, Arkansas Post National Memorial, 2019

This has been a great learning experience for me. The main challenge throughout this process has been to not only be diligent in progressing on it, but also to ensure that everything is tied up neatly and that the reader will know why anything happens.

The themes, if you can call them that, are honesty, personal courage, self-control, controlling one’s life, and probably several more. I am sure someone will see some that I do not.

I wanted to keep the cast at three characters, but I had to increase it to four so that there would be more action and tension by introducing a villain of sorts. Not a true antagonist who opposes the protagonist throughout the play, but a character that appears only briefly but nonetheless has a major impact on the storyline.

Anyway, I hope to have this completed before long and I will start submitting it around and maybe start looking for an agent. I am not certain what I will tackle next. I have two novels near completion, but I have the bug for writing plays at the moment, so I may resurrect my original full-length play called “Centaurs” that has been languishing in the background for a few years now. Having completed “Incommunicado” may give me some ideas on how to finish “Centaurs” which has a similar storyline.

That’s all for now.

Hasta luego.

My Interview with Duotrope is Now Live!

My interview with Duotrope is now live!

At Arkansas Post National Memorial near Gillett, Arkansas, 2020

I was recently interviewed by Duotrope about my work on The Chamber Magazine. That interview is now live. Follow this link to read it.

If you are not familiar with Duotrope, they are a submission engine, i.e. they aid writers in finding magazines, book publishers, and agents to print their stories and poetry. The way they do this is by listing important data on magazines, which their subscribers can search. I have used them for several years and they are a very useful tool in finding publishers. They do charge a nominal fee of about $5/month. What you get out of the website is well worth that $5 many times over. If you are a writer, I recommend them highly. Even if don’t write and only read, they will still be very useful in finding the right magazines for you.

While you are there, check out The Chamber’s listing. It is a good example of how they run their website/database.


My Interview with Duotrope is Now Live!

My interview with Duotrope is now live!

At Arkansas Post National Memorial near Gillett, Arkansas, 2020

I was recently interviewed by Duotrope about my work on The Chamber Magazine. That interview is now live. Follow this link to read it.

If you are not familiar with Duotrope, they are a submission engine, i.e. they aid writers in finding magazines, book publishers, and agents to print their stories and poetry. The way they do this is by listing important data on magazines, which their subscribers can search. I have used them for several years and they are a very useful tool in finding publishers. They do charge a nominal fee of about $5/month. What you get out of the website is well worth that $5 many times over. If you are a writer, I recommend them highly. Even if don’t write and only read, they will still be very useful in finding the right magazines for you.

While you are there, check out The Chamber’s listing. It is a good example of how they run their website/database.


Update November 15: Batesville Comic-con Invitation

This weekend I was invited to speak at the Batesville (Arkansas) High School ComicCon March 4-5. I will be speaking on my writing and on The Chamber Magazine and my second publishing endeavor, Rural Fiction Magazine.

At Arkansas Post 2020

This weekend I was invited to speak at the Batesville (Arkansas) High School ComicCon March 4-5. I will be speaking on my writing and on The Chamber Magazine and my second publishing endeavor, Rural Fiction Magazine. I will provide more details as I learn them and as I develop my talks.

Being invited to the ComicCon was a pleasant surprise. This is the first time I have been invited anywhere to speak on my writing. I am flattered.

I am looking forward to this opportunity to speak about three of my favorite passions.

More to come. Stay tuned.

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 7,500 words (more or less) including flash, micro fiction, smoke longs, drabbles or of any flavor of short fiction…

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The Chamber Magazine is seeking articles, reviews, essays, poems, and short stories of approximately 7,500 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 from around the world.  We will accept dark humor provided it follows the guidelines below with regards to content and good taste. All submissions must be in English. However, an accompanying translation in any other language is permitted.

There is no pay for publication, but the author retains all rights. Reprints are acceptable. Multiple submissions of up to three works per submission are permitted. Simultaneous submissions are permitted, but you must tell us if the work has been accepted elsewhere. We usually respond within a week. Works generally appear a month after acceptance.

Send submissions and queries to thechambermagazine@gmail.com. Guidelines are on the website.

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 7,500 words (more or less) including flash, micro fiction, smoke longs, drabbles or of any flavor of short fiction…

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The Chamber Magazine is seeking articles, reviews, essays, poems, and short stories of approximately 7,500 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 from around the world.  We will accept dark humor provided it follows the guidelines below with regards to content and good taste. All submissions must be in English. However, an accompanying translation in any other language is permitted.

There is no pay for publication, but the author retains all rights. Reprints are acceptable. Multiple submissions of up to three works per submission are permitted. Simultaneous submissions are permitted, but you must tell us if the work has been accepted elsewhere. We usually respond within a week. Works generally appear a month after acceptance.

Send submissions and queries to thechambermagazine@gmail.com. Guidelines are on the website.

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 7,500 words (more or less) including flash, micro fiction, smoke longs, drabbles or of any flavor of short fiction…

1280×426

The Chamber Magazine is seeking articles, reviews, essays, poems, and short stories of approximately 7,500 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 from around the world.  We will accept dark humor provided it follows the guidelines below with regards to content and good taste. All submissions must be in English. However, an accompanying translation in any other language is permitted.

There is no pay for publication, but the author retains all rights. Reprints are acceptable. Multiple submissions of up to three works per submission are permitted. Simultaneous submissions are permitted, but you must tell us if the work has been accepted elsewhere. We usually respond within a week. Works generally appear a month after acceptance.

Send submissions and queries to thechambermagazine@gmail.com. Guidelines are on the website.

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 7,500 words (more or less) including flash, micro fiction, smoke longs, drabbles or of any flavor of short fiction…

1280×426

The Chamber Magazine is seeking articles, reviews, essays, poems, and short stories of approximately 7,500 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 from around the world.  We will accept dark humor provided it follows the guidelines below with regards to content and good taste. All submissions must be in English. However, an accompanying translation in any other language is permitted.

There is no pay for publication, but the author retains all rights. Reprints are acceptable. Multiple submissions of up to three works per submission are permitted. Simultaneous submissions are permitted, but you must tell us if the work has been accepted elsewhere. We usually respond within a week. Works generally appear a month after acceptance.

Send submissions and queries to thechambermagazine@gmail.com. Guidelines are on the website.

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 7,500 words (more or less) including flash, micro fiction, smoke longs, drabbles or of any flavor of short fiction…

1280×426

The Chamber Magazine is seeking articles, reviews, essays, poems, and short stories of approximately 7,500 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 from around the world.  We will accept dark humor provided it follows the guidelines below with regards to content and good taste. All submissions must be in English. However, an accompanying translation in any other language is permitted.

There is no pay for publication, but the author retains all rights. Reprints are acceptable. Multiple submissions of up to three works per submission are permitted. Simultaneous submissions are permitted, but you must tell us if the work has been accepted elsewhere. We usually respond within a week. Works generally appear a month after acceptance.

Send submissions and queries to thechambermagazine@gmail.com. Guidelines are on the website.

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 7,500 words (more or less) including flash, micro fiction, smoke longs, drabbles or of any flavor of short fiction…

1280×426

The Chamber Magazine is seeking articles, reviews, essays, poems, and short stories of approximately 7,500 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 from around the world.  We will accept dark humor provided it follows the guidelines below with regards to content and good taste. All submissions must be in English. However, an accompanying translation in any other language is permitted.

There is no pay for publication, but the author retains all rights. Reprints are acceptable. Multiple submissions of up to three works per submission are permitted. Simultaneous submissions are permitted, but you must tell us if the work has been accepted elsewhere. We usually respond within a week. Works generally appear a month after acceptance.

Send submissions and queries to thechambermagazine@gmail.com. Guidelines are on the website.

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 7,500 words (more or less) including flash, micro fiction, smoke longs, drabbles or of any flavor of short fiction…

The Chamber Magazine is seeking articles, reviews, essays, poems, and short stories of approximately 7,500 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 from around the world.  We will accept dark humor provided it follows the guidelines below with regards to content and good taste. All submissions must be in English. However, an accompanying translation in any other language is permitted.

There is no pay for publication, but the author retains all rights. Reprints are acceptable. Multiple submissions of up to three works per submission are permitted. Simultaneous submissions are permitted, but you must tell us if the work has been accepted elsewhere. We usually respond within a week. Works generally appear a month after acceptance.

Send submissions and queries to thechambermagazine@gmail.com. Guidelines are on the website.

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 7,500 words (more or less) including flash, micro fiction, smoke longs, drabbles or of any flavor of short fiction…

The Chamber Magazine is seeking articles, reviews, essays, poems, and short stories of approximately 7,500 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 from around the world.  We will accept dark humor provided it follows the guidelines below with regards to content and good taste. All submissions must be in English. However, an accompanying translation in any other language is permitted.

There is no pay for publication, but the author retains all rights. Reprints are acceptable. Multiple submissions of up to three works per submission are permitted. Simultaneous submissions are permitted, but you must tell us if the work has been accepted elsewhere. We usually respond within a week. Works generally appear a month after acceptance.

Send submissions and queries to thechambermagazine@gmail.com. Guidelines are on the website.

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 7,500 words (more or less) including flash, micro fiction, smoke longs, drabbles or of any flavor of short fiction…

The Chamber Magazine is seeking articles, reviews, essays, poems, and short stories of approximately 7,500 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 from around the world.  We will accept dark humor provided it follows the guidelines below with regards to content and good taste. All submissions must be in English. However, an accompanying translation in any other language is permitted.

There is no pay for publication, but the author retains all rights. Reprints are acceptable. Multiple submissions of up to three works per submission are permitted. Simultaneous submissions are permitted, but you must tell us if the work has been accepted elsewhere. We usually respond within a week. Works generally appear a month after acceptance.

Send submissions and queries to thechambermagazine@gmail.com. Guidelines are on the website.

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 7,500 words (more or less) including flash, micro fiction, smoke longs, drabbles or of any flavor of short fiction…

The Chamber Magazine is seeking articles, reviews, essays, poems, and short stories of approximately 7,500 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 from around the world.  We will accept dark humor provided it follows the guidelines below with regards to content and good taste. All submissions must be in English. However, an accompanying translation in any other language is permitted.

There is no pay for publication, but the author retains all rights. Reprints are acceptable. Multiple submissions of up to three works per submission are permitted. Simultaneous submissions are permitted, but you must tell us if the work has been accepted elsewhere. We usually respond within a week. Works generally appear a month after acceptance.

Send submissions and queries to thechambermagazine@gmail.com. Guidelines are on the website.

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 7,500 words (more or less) including flash, micro fiction, smoke longs, drabbles or of any flavor of short fiction…

The Chamber  Magazine

The Chamber Magazine is seeking articles, reviews, essays, poems, and short stories of approximately 7,500 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 from around the world.  We will accept dark humor provided it follows the guidelines below with regards to content and good taste. All submissions must be in English. However, an accompanying translation in any other language is permitted.

There is no pay for publication, but the author retains all rights. Reprints are acceptable. Multiple submissions of up to three works per submission are permitted. Simultaneous submissions are permitted, but you must tell us if the work has been accepted elsewhere. We usually respond within a week. Works generally appear a month after acceptance.

Send submissions and queries to thechambermagazine@gmail.com. Guidelines are on the website.

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 7,500 words (more or less) including flash, micro fiction, smoke longs, drabbles or of any flavor of short fiction…

The Chamber Magazine is seeking articles, reviews, essays, poems, and short stories of approximately 7,500 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 from around the world.  We will accept dark humor provided it follows the guidelines below with regards to content and good taste. All submissions must be in English. However, an accompanying translation in any other language is permitted.

There is no pay for publication, but the author retains all rights. Reprints are acceptable. Multiple submissions of up to three works per submission are permitted. Simultaneous submissions are permitted, but you must tell us if the work has been accepted elsewhere. We usually respond within a week. Works generally appear a month after acceptance.

Send submissions and queries to thechambermagazine@gmail.com. Guidelines are on the website.