The Scent and Other Stories: the Dark Side of Love is Free Today on Amazon Kindle

Cover for The Scent and Other Stories as of Oct 2020
The new cover for “The Scent and Other Stories” as of October 2020

In this collection of short stories, I explore the dark, sometimes violent, sometimes twisted, sometimes touching side of love, the side kept not only from public view, but sometimes from our mates. Set in the modern era, these stories range from regretting losing a lover to forbidden interracial love in the hills of 1970’s Kentucky to a mother’s deathbed confession in present-day New Mexico to debating pursuing a hateful man’s wife to the callous manipulation of a lover in Texas. 

To order your free Kindle edition, visit my webpage for the Kindle version of The Scent and Other Stories.

Follow this link to purchase The Scent and Other Stories in paperback (although that edition is not currently free).

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Comments on stories contained in The Scent and Other Stories include:

The Scent

“This story has a lovely dreamy quality whilst being unsettling too. It lingers on half processed emotional experiences and leaves the reader asking ‘what if’ and ‘if only’ – feelings that are familiar for so many people.”

“You wrote about something we can all relate to – how, out of the blue, the scent of something evokes a memory of something long past; and the emotions we felt at the time! A clever story …”

“This descriptive piece about remembrance, the thought of what might have been, is a common sad thread that will resonate with those have experienced the pain of that one love lost. Slattery’s use of scent was exquisite as we feel Quinn’s pain and hope that he finds his peace, at last.”


“Fantastic writing – I held my breath for most of the story. The descriptions of the countryside and the people were beautiful and the tension compelling. This could possibly be the start of a novel or a suite of stories. Thank you very much and good luck with your writing in the future”

“Suspenseful and engaging. The dialogue and descriptions kept pace with the action. Well done.”

A Good Man

“Lots of detail examining an old question of how do you judge a person’s life. It left me wondering.”

“Great job capturing the social climate of the sixties. Good choice for how to present the story – deathbed “confession” by the mother. I enjoyed it.”

The Slightest of Indiscretions

“Excellent writing brings this poignant story to life and makes the reader work to understand more of what might be. Very many thanks for a satisfying, emotionally intelligent read…”

If you enjoy poems about love, check out my poetry collection Nocturne: Poems of Love, Distance, and the Night, a callous and disinterested lover, which is available in both Kindle and paperback.

“Dream Warrior” has been Published Again

Illustration by Marge Simon that appeared with my story "Dream Warrior" in the February, 2013 issue of Sorcerous Signals
Illustration by Marge Simon that appeared with my story “Dream Warrior” in the February, 2013 issue of Sorcerous Signals

Today my short story “Dream Warrior” was re-printed by Fiction on the Web.  Many thanks to Charlie Fish and his team for selecting this, one of my favorites of my own stories.

Fiction on the Web sums up the story beautifully:  Phil Slattery’s 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.

The story was published this morning and so far I have received two comments on it:

  1. 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

    Mike McC

  2. I agree with Mike, 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….. Thank you,

Check out the story when you have the chance.

“Dream Warrior” was originally published by “Sorcerous Signals” in 2013.

Thoughts?  Comments?

My Short Story “Dream Warrior” Has Been Published


Illustration by Marge Simon

My short story “Dream Warrior” has been published in the February-April issue of Sorcerous Signals.  Please check it out via the link above and explore the rest of the magazine as well.   Please note that currently a typo in the contents page mistakenly identifies this issue as the Nov.-Jan issue.  

“Dream Warrior” will also appear in Sorcerous Signals’  print edition Mystic Signals.  Please look for Mystic Signals at your local newstand or bookstore.

The wonderful illustration above was drawn by artist Marge Simon of the Sorcerous Signals staff for “Dream Warrior”.   Please read the story to understand the significance of the jaguar and the sun. 

I am very appreciative to the Sorcerous Signals staff for all they have done and especially to editor Carol Hightshoe for her patience, professionalism, and diligence.

“Dream Warrior” to be Published

My short story “Dream Warrior” is currently slated to be published by the online magazine Sorcerous Signals  in their February, 2013 issue as well as their February, 2013 issue of Mystic Signals (a print edition combining Sorcerous Signals and The Lorelei Signal).

For my friends and relatives not familiar with the publishing industry:  please be advised that the story is only scheduled to be published in February and that I do not have an exact date yet.   The last edition was published on November 12, therefore it will probably be published about mid-February.  In my experience, stories appear on schedule about 90% of the time.   Occasionally, something happens and the story has to be delayed, but (again, in my experience) the story always appears.

I would like to thank the editor of Sorcerous Signals, Carol Hightshoe, for accepting my work.  I overlooked her letter of acceptance in my e-mail in October and was not aware of “Dream Warrior’s” acceptance until she diligently and professionally followed up and inquired about the story some time later.

The story is about a teenage boy in Corpus Christi, TX, who seeks revenge on the hoodlums responsible for the rape and death of his girlfriend.   After his first attempt fails and they threaten his life, he runs to Mexico to live with his great-grandfather, who teaches him the ways of the ancient Aztec sorcerers so that he can have his revenge.

I got the idea for the story while researching south Texas history for another (as yet unfinished) story and came across a website on Aztec sorcery.  Its author, whose name unfortunately escapes me at the moment, graciously responded to my inquiries and provided me with a wealth of fascinating information.  If I can find his name and website in my e-mails, I will publish them later.

I hope everyone enjoys “Dream Warrior”.    Please help me thank Carol and her staff by visiting the site often and encouraging everyone you know to do the same.   Check your local media outlets for Mystic Signals.