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About Phil Slattery
Phil Slattery is a member of the Horror Writer's Association and publishes the online magazine of dark contemporary world literature, The Chamber Magazine, at thechambermagazine.com. He blogs at philslattery.org and in 2015 founded the Farmington Writers Circle.
Titles By Phil Slattery
Logan Rickover is an officer on a spaceship set to explore the alien world of Stheno D. Captured by a xenomorph that wants to use him as food for its young, he must fight a battle for control of his own mind as the alien feeds him hallucinations to keep him complacent until its young hatch. Can Logan regain control of his mind in time to escape back to his ship?
Reader Charles Stacey gave "Click" five stars and commented: "Author has a wonderful ability to develop the characters using few words. Great foreshadowing to build suspense. And then a really outstanding twist at the end that left me smiling."
The short stories contained include:
A Tale of Hell: A man with anger issues has a nightmare of being in Hell.
Dream Warrior: A young man intent on avenging his girlfriend's death learns the ancient ways of Aztec sorcery from his grandfather.
Devil Star's Revenge: A cowboy suffers a horrendous fate after raping the daughter of a powerful Apache medicine man.
Shapeshifter: An innocent, starving wolf believed to be a lycanthrope is pursued through a seventeenth-century French town in this black comedy of errors.
Wolfsheim: A graduate student in 1970's West Germany researches his thesis on Hitler's Nazi Werewolves post-war resistance program in a remote Bavarian village.
Hitchhikers: A newly married couple encounter two mysterious girls late one night while driving through a remote part of the Navajo reservation.
Ivan: A young geek bullied by classmates dreams of being a serial killer.
Sorcerer: A retired sorcerer named Jack Thurston in New Mexico revives his black arts to avenge the death of his daughter and grandchild in childbirth in horrific fashion.
Under the Willow: Jack Thurston returns to New Mexico from living a dissolute life in Central America to help defend his simple, lovable brother against a neighborhood menace.
Alien Embrace: An astronaut on a distant planet finds himself trapped in a horror-filled world trapped between dream, nightmare, and reality.
This collection also includes three works of flash horror and two of horror microfiction.
Comments on previously published stories include:
Jay Manning, editor of Midnight Times commented in its Spring, 2006 issue:
"Wolfsheim" is basically a traditional horror story that tells the tale of a small European village confronted by the threat of werewolves. If you like stories about lycans, you definitely need to check this one out. Great stuff.”
Publisher Charlie Fish of Fiction on the Web summarizes "A Tale of Hell" as a “… chilling vision of hell”.
Other comments on "A Tale of Hell" from readers of Fiction on the Web:
"An intense and well paced story, cleverly leading the reader up a number of garden paths before Jack's reality finally clarifies and appears in all its horror. The writing is focused and spare as Jack's malevolent characteristics and idiosyncrasies manifest themselves…Overall a strong tale that lingers in the imagination…"
"brilliantly descriptive piece on man´s apparently unstoppable descent, literally into hell,…"
Publisher Charlie Fish of Fiction on the Web summarizes "Dream Warrior" as a “…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”.
Fiction on the Web readers commented:
"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"
"…this is a rite of passage, complex and rich with significance.
Did you ever go camping as a kid and sit around the fire at night listening to scary stories? Creepy Campfire Quarterly features horror fiction from some of the most talented writers across the globe. Dark, disturbing, dramatic, or just down right creepy, these stories will entertain you. And perhaps the next time you are around a campfire, you’ll find yourself recounting a few of these haunting tales…
Featuring works from the newest crop of modern horror writers:
Eric I. Dean,
W. E. Mitchell,
Gregory L. Norris,
“…All in all, Nocturne, is a beautiful but sad read that speaks to the reality of love and holds nothing back. It engages the mind and the heart longing for lasting, meaningful love that always seems just outside of its reach…”
“I like this author's poems which have a great feel to them. The book is about love but a lot more is included inside the pages. I like the photos the author included to enhance the poetry. A few of the poems held descriptive words about nature and I enjoyed the way the picture author paints in the readers mind is also displayed in the photographs that correspond with the words.”
“…The whole thing is sad emotionally and very bittersweet and left me feeling rather melancholy when I was finished. With both the poems and the introduction this is a very personal look at part of the author's life. He comes across as a very real and interesting person…”
Nocturne: Poems of Love, Distance, and the Night, a callous and disinterested lover is a collection of Phil Slattery’s thoughtful poetry written from the mid-80’s to mid-90’s, a turbulent, fluid time in his life in many ways, but especially romantically. He has taken many of the poems written during those years and compiled them into a dark narrative capturing the emotional turmoil of an anonymous man who falls to temptation and descends from romantic love for a woman into a lonely world of alcohol, night clubs, seduction, and casual sex where his only true companion is the night that envelops him psychologically as well as physically. Erotic moments are skillfully portrayed to immerse the reader in their tension and sensuality without resorting to crass cliches, obscenity, or gratuitous eroticism. This is an emotional odyssey for the reader, exploring the bliss of falling in love to the depths of despair and regret and then to the poignant resignation to one’s well-deserved fate. The Kindle version of this anthology is lavishly illustrated with photos from the public domain that attempt to capture visually the profound essence of the poems they accompany.
These stories are included in the collection A Tale of Hell and Other Works of Horror.
Praise for Stories Contained in "The Scent and Other Stories":
"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…"
Infernal Ink Magazine is a different sort of a literary magazine, which focuses on publishing extremely dark and violent adult fiction and poetry.
In this issue we have an interview with the man behind Old Nick Magazine and the forthcoming Satanic Warlock book Magister Dr. Robert Johnson and as always, Dave Lipscomb makes an appearance with his music column “The DaveL’s Music”.
Also we have fiction and poetry from Robert J. Leuthold, Alex S. Johnson, Phil Slattery, Scott Thomas Outlar, Layla Cummins, Milton C. Cruver, Shaun Avery, Alan Smithee, Adam Matson, Trip O’Shea, Dan Weatherer, Phillip E. Van Damme, and Evelyn Eve.
This magazine contains adult content and themes and is not meant for readers under eighteen years of age.