“Ancient Lights” by Algernon Blackwood (1912)

From Southwater, where he left the train, the road led due west. That he knew; for the rest he trusted to luck, being one of those born walkers who dislike asking the way. He had that instinct, and as a rule it served him well. “A mile or so due west along the sandy road … Continue reading “Ancient Lights” by Algernon Blackwood (1912)

“The Terror” from the Wen Fu

Here is an interesting section/stanza from the ancient Chinese work Wen Fu (The Art of Writing).  It is entitled "The Terror". I worry that my ink well will run dry, that right words cannot be found ; I want to respond to the moment's inspiration. I work with what is given ; that which passes … Continue reading “The Terror” from the Wen Fu

The Saturday Night Special: “The Last Kiss” by Maurice Level

The Last Kiss by Maurice Level (1912) The Project Gutenberg E-Text This eBook is made available at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg of Australia License which may be viewed online at http://gutenberg.net.au/licence.html   "Forgive me...Forgive … Continue reading The Saturday Night Special: “The Last Kiss” by Maurice Level

The Saturday Night Special: “Man Overboard” by Winston Churchill (1898)

It was a little after half-past nine when the man fell overboard. The mail steamer was hurrying through the Red Sea in the hope of making up the time which the currents of the Indian Ocean had stolen. The night was clear, though the moon was hidden behind clouds. The warm air was laden with … Continue reading The Saturday Night Special: “Man Overboard” by Winston Churchill (1898)

Reprint: The Real Dracula’s Castle — Stop 2 of the World’s Greatest Horror Locales

Bună dimineața! I published this on my website a few years ago, but this morning I thought I would re-post just for my followers in Romania. Enjoy.  If you live in Romania or are from there originally, I would like to see your comments on this article. Tell me if I am on the spot … Continue reading Reprint: The Real Dracula’s Castle — Stop 2 of the World’s Greatest Horror Locales

The Saturday Night Special: “Lost in a Pyramid or The Mummy’s Curse” by Louisa May Alcott (1869)

I "And what are these, Paul?" asked Evelyn, opening a tarnished gold box and examining its contents curiously. "Seeds of some unknown Egyptian plant," replied Forsyth, with a sudden shadow on his dark face, as he looked down at the three scarlet grains lying in the white hand lifted to him. "Where did you get … Continue reading The Saturday Night Special: “Lost in a Pyramid or The Mummy’s Curse” by Louisa May Alcott (1869)

The Saturday Night Special: “Ancient Lights” by Algernon Blackwood (1912)

From Southwater, where he left the train, the road led due west. That he knew; for the rest he trusted to luck, being one of those born walkers who dislike asking the way. He had that instinct, and as a rule it served him well. “A mile or so due west along the sandy road … Continue reading The Saturday Night Special: “Ancient Lights” by Algernon Blackwood (1912)

The Saturday Night Special: “The Phantom Coach” by Amelia B. Edwards (1864)

The circumstances I am about to relate to you have truth to recommend them. They happened to myself, and my recollection of them is as vivid as if they had taken place only yesterday. Twenty years, however, have gone by since that night. During those twenty years I have told the story to but one … Continue reading The Saturday Night Special: “The Phantom Coach” by Amelia B. Edwards (1864)

The Saturday Night Special: “Volpurno – or The Student” by Wilkie Collins (1843)

" - Memory, like a drop that, night and day, Falls cold and ceaseless, wore her heart away." - Lalla Rookh Perfectly overcome by the heat of an Italian evening at Venice, I quitted the bustling gaiety of St Mark's Place for the quiet of a gondola, and directing the man to shape his course … Continue reading The Saturday Night Special: “Volpurno – or The Student” by Wilkie Collins (1843)

The Saturday Night Special: “Ligeia” by Edgar Allan Poe (1838)

And the will therein lieth, which dieth not. Who knoweth the mysteries of the will, with its vigor? For God is but a great will pervading all things by nature of its intentness. Man doth not yield himself to the angels, nor unto death utterly, save only through the weakness of his feeble will. - … Continue reading The Saturday Night Special: “Ligeia” by Edgar Allan Poe (1838)

A Short Analysis of Dylan Thomas’s ‘Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night’

Powerful reading:  A reading of a classic poem ‘Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night’ is probably the best-known villanelle in English poetry. If you’re not sure what a villanelle is, don’t worry – it’s not importan… Source: A Short Analysis of Dylan Thomas’s ‘Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night’

The Saturday Night Special: “Ligeia” by Edgar Allan Poe (1838)

And the will therein lieth, which dieth not. Who knoweth the mysteries of the will, with its vigor? For God is but a great will pervading all things by nature of its intentness. Man doth not yield himself to the angels, nor unto death utterly, save only through the weakness of his feeble will. - … Continue reading The Saturday Night Special: “Ligeia” by Edgar Allan Poe (1838)

The Saturday Night Special: “Volpurno – or The Student” by Wilkie Collins (1843)

" - Memory, like a drop that, night and day, Falls cold and ceaseless, wore her heart away." - Lalla Rookh Perfectly overcome by the heat of an Italian evening at Venice, I quitted the bustling gaiety of St Mark's Place for the quiet of a gondola, and directing the man to shape his course … Continue reading The Saturday Night Special: “Volpurno – or The Student” by Wilkie Collins (1843)

The Saturday Night Special: “The Phantom Coach” by Amelia B. Edwards (1864)

The circumstances I am about to relate to you have truth to recommend them. They happened to myself, and my recollection of them is as vivid as if they had taken place only yesterday. Twenty years, however, have gone by since that night. During those twenty years I have told the story to but one … Continue reading The Saturday Night Special: “The Phantom Coach” by Amelia B. Edwards (1864)

Announcement: Phil Slattery Teams with Darksomnia Productions to Produce Documentary of a Haunting

My fiancée (Francene Kilgore) and I are teaming with Darksomnia Productions of Farmington, NM to produce a documentary/dramatization of a haunting that occurred in south Texas from about 2006-2010.  Filming is taking place.  Parts of the documentary will be dramatized by actors while my fiancee and I appear discussing the events.  The video should be completed within … Continue reading Announcement: Phil Slattery Teams with Darksomnia Productions to Produce Documentary of a Haunting

The Farmington Writers Circle Meets Tonight

The Farmington Writers Circle meets tonight at 7:00 p.m. at Hastings Hardback Café in Farmington, NM.  The topic for the night will be how to generate reviews for your work. The July meeting was attended by Gloria, Yvonne, Vicki, myself, and by author Delsheree Gladden (delshereegladden.com), whose website describes her as "USA Today Bestselling Young Adult and … Continue reading The Farmington Writers Circle Meets Tonight

Reminder: Submissions of Works of Horror Being Considered for Publication

If you would like to submit a short horror story (flash fiction of less than 1,000 words preferred), an article or book/movie review on the art of writing horror fiction, or just on the art of writing, please send it to horror@philslattery.com.   Everything must be submitted by e-mail either in the body of the e-mail … Continue reading Reminder: Submissions of Works of Horror Being Considered for Publication

The Saturday Night Special: “Ancient Lights” by Algernon Blackwood (1912)

From Southwater, where he left the train, the road led due west. That he knew; for the rest he trusted to luck, being one of those born walkers who dislike asking the way. He had that instinct, and as a rule it served him well. “A mile or so due west along the sandy road … Continue reading The Saturday Night Special: “Ancient Lights” by Algernon Blackwood (1912)

The Saturday Night Special: “Lost in a Pyramid or The Mummy’s Curse” by Louisa May Alcott (1869)

I "And what are these, Paul?" asked Evelyn, opening a tarnished gold box and examining its contents curiously. "Seeds of some unknown Egyptian plant," replied Forsyth, with a sudden shadow on his dark face, as he looked down at the three scarlet grains lying in the white hand lifted to him. "Where did you get … Continue reading The Saturday Night Special: “Lost in a Pyramid or The Mummy’s Curse” by Louisa May Alcott (1869)