Subscribe to My Nascent YouTube Channel

I am planning to develop a fully fledged YouTube channel, as I have developed The Chamber, and see where it takes me.

Recently, I have been experimenting with creating YouTube videos and have so far produced three. In these I give an introduction to myself, my writing, and my current projects. The last one I made (which was about 2:00 a.m. this morning) focused on what can be learned in writing dialog, if one analyzes Quentin Tarantino’s move “Pulp Fiction”. Now I am planning to develop a fully fledged YouTube channel, as I have developed The Chamber, and see where it takes me.

My current plan is to make these in a variety of places, so that I am not tied down to a studio. This should make the videos more lively, spontaneous, and always changing. Some I will do outside at night, some at scenic spots around my house, some inside the house, and so on. I will probably do them at all hours as I do not have a regular sleep pattern and in varying states of sobriety. These won’t be for kids, if you do not want them to watch someone speaking while having a gin and tonic or smoking a pipe. This is my channel. I intend to be myself, more or less, for better or worse. At least at first, I will not have a regular schedule for posting the videos, though I may develop one later, targeting the times when I might get the largest audience.

Currently, I am not planning to write scripts for the videos, but will shoot from the hip and talk with the viewer as if he/she and I were talking face to face. These videos will be informal, though I intend to dress presentably for them and not do any in my work clothes. We will see how that goes. If I have to do formal presentations to make the videos viewable, I will. I have lots of experience in giving formal presentations.

So, drop by the channel at any time and check out my videos. You will probably find them most enjoyable late at night when you are chilling and having your favorite beverage and/or smoke.

Let me know what you think of them so that I can continuously improve the channel.

Hasta luego.

Reflections on a Wasted Life

Here is a video I created as an experiment, not to tell a story so much as to capture a mood.

Here is a video I created as an experiment, not to tell a story so much as to capture a mood. Let me know what you think. What mood do you think it captures? How does it make you feel? How much part does the music play in reflecting what is happening in the films as well as in setting the mood.

By the way, I made this film from elements available in the public domain. I did no actual filming myself. I certainly did not compose the music.

My Horror Memories on the Bleeding Critic: Hellraiser

I was looking for new reviews of my work on the Internet when I ran across this blast from the past. This is a video of me talking about the first movie that truly terrified me: Hellraiser. I made this video in 2015 and submitted it to The Bleeding Critic. This was the first time I made a video, so I come across as somewhat stiff. You can also tell that I am reading my monologue from some cue cards that my then fiancée, now wife, was holding.

The background is an abstract expressionist painting that I created. It is entitled “De Profundis”. Here is a link to an overall view at my art website, which I have not updated in some time.

“De Profundis” is the opening line in Latin from Psalm 130 and means “out of the depths. It has been used extensively in literature and art.

Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O LORD. Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications. If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared. I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope. My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning. Let Israel hope in the LORD: for with the LORD there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption. And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.

King James Version

My painting is supposed to represent boiling magma in hell, the greatest depth to which a soul can fall. It’s a good theme for someone who like to write horror.

I will embed this soon in an appropriately prominent spot on the weblog.

Let me know your thoughts.

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The Saturday Night Special: The Animated “Dagon” by H.P. Lovecraft

I am trying something different for this Saturday, something that I hope will turn out to be quite enjoyable.

I linked this post to an animated version of Lovecraft’s “Dagon” on YouTube. I watch YouTube a lot and they have scads of interesting videos. If this works out, I will do this more often. Let me know what you think. To get the full effect, hit the “full screen” toggle in the lower right which looks like a box with a hole in each side. To exit this, hit your escape button. The video last 18 minutes and 55 seconds.

I apologize for any commercials. I am not certain if they will turn up when you view the film or not. Unfortunately, commercials are the sine qua non of YouTube and many other media.  But these will be either very short or you can skip them by pressing “skip ads” in the lower right after five seconds. I am sure you are used to this kind of annoying marketing. It’s a fact of 21st century life.

Update: YouTube Playlist: Tales of Hell, November 3, 2019

July 29, 2019, in the Bisti Wilderness south of Farmington, NM

One playlist that I neglected to mention during my most recent post on my playlists is one entitled “Tales of Hell“. As you know, I am working on a supernatural horror novel called The Man Who Escaped from Hell. In my research for the novel I have read a few books on hell, read several articles, and so forth (mostly though I will rely on my own concepts and imagination).

However, as I watch a lot of YouTube and I fond of horror and supernatural tales, I am collecting any videos on people who say that they have actually been to hell into a playlist called “Tales of Hell.” No surprises there. This will allow me to gain a few different perspectives, but it will also allow me to see the similarities between the stories. I feel certain that most people’s concept of hell will be the same because of cultural biases; hearing the same tales, myths, and legends; and because of certain archetypes in human psychology. If you have read Joseph Campbell or have seen any of his interviews with Bill Moyers from a few decades back, you will know that Professor Campbell that commonalities in religions and mythologies worldwide are due to commonalities in the human psyche.

The Fallen Angels Entering Pandemonium, from ‘Paradise Lost’, Book 1.

I don’t believe that anyone has actually been to hell and returned to tell the story. I think these stories are hallucinations experienced during the changes in brain functioning and body chemistry while being influenced by a person’s guilty conscience while that person dies.  On those rare occasions that someone returns to life after being clinically dead for a few minutes, they report the experience of having gone to hell, but which is probably more closely related to the ultimate “bad trip”.

But my novel is a work of fiction, not a documentary. In it, I try to make a few points about life and death and the spirit and conscientiousness and several other things.  The best way to do that is by showing the protagonist actually going through hell.

It will be interesting to see how this playlist develops. It will probably make a great horror anthology in its own right.

By the way, I have written around 80,000 words for The Man Who Escaped from Hell. I hope to finish it soon after I have finished Shadows and Stars.  I put it on hiatus until I can finish Shadows and Stars because I have been getting more and more ideas for Shadows and Stars than I have for The Man Who Escaped from Hell.

Update of October 25, 2019: Developing a YouTube Presence

Just a note to inform everyone that I am developing a YouTube channel. I have not posted any videos yet but will be posting a few test videos soon just to learn the ins and outs of the system and the capabilities of my rudimentary video and audio equipment.

In the meantime, I have put together a few playlists. If you want to view them, go to YouTube and search for “Phil Slattery” (of course) and playlist. When I did this just now, the first nine playlists that appeared were all mine.  The others involving Zumba, etc. are from another Phil Slattery in Ireland or elsewhere. There are several Phil Slattery’s on the Internet, but very few involved in writing fiction.

All the playlists are for my own entertainment/ edification/ education at this point. However, two will be of interest to those following my writing. They are entitled “The Man Who Escaped from Hell” and “Shadows and Stars”. These are playlists I put together to help capture the mood of my novels in progress: Shadows and Stars and The Man Who Escaped from Hell, the work that is to follow Shadows and Stars. Think of them as soundtracks to novels similar to movie soundtracks. Were these two novels to be made into movies, these are the soundtracks I would suggest.

Hopefully soon I will be posting some videos concerning my writing and other interests of mine.



Phil Slattery Now Has a Youtube Channel

Phil Slattery, 2015

Yesterday, I created my own Youtube Channel to organize the videos I watch and to share them with my followers.  It is only beginning, so I do not have much up yet, but I plan to put on a lot more as I pursue my interests.  I have organized the videos I have watched into playlists, so that if you are looking for information on a specific topic, you can find it easily.   Currently, they are:  Art, Literature, Movies, Humor, Sociology, Philosophy, Political Theory, Theatre, Aliens, Odd and Ends, Liked Videos, Around the Home, and Odds and Ends.   Hopefully, I will make a few of my own videos before long.