Werewolf in Action (theoretically)

I came across this video while surfing Twitter today. Dare to say this is the closest you will ever come to seeing an actual werewolf in action. Now you can understand why the people of the 16th-17th centuries were terrified of the thought of werewolves.

Apologies to Jennifer Patino

In my haste to put out the announcements for the works appearing on Feb. 26, I failed to double check myself and mistakenly gave Jennifer Patino’s name as either “Jean Patino” or “Jenn Patino”. I have known people with all three of those first names and got them confused somehow.

In any case, be sure to check back on Friday, February 26, after 10:00 a.m. Central Standard Time to read Jennifer’s short story “Only in Legend” as well as the two other works appearing that day, Steve Wilcenski’s “Fishing Buddies” and The Chamber’s’ interview with author and Lovecraft scholar John DeLaughter.

Submit Your Dark Fiction and Poetry Now.

The Chamber Magazine is seeking articles, reviews, essays, poems, and short stories of approximately 5,000 words 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.  We want to showcase the genre in all its subtlety, intelligence, art, horror, terror, suspense, thrill-seeking, and gruesome detail. We will accept dark humor provided it follows the guidelines below with regards to content and good taste.

To be good short fiction, the shorter a work is, the more power it must pack.

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.

More details about submissions are available on the website.

Send submissions and queries to thechambermagazine@gmail.com.

Playlist: Diegaro

Sometimes in my YouTube account, I create playlists of music to help inspire my writing of one work or another. Below is my playlist “Diegaro”. “Diegaro” is Esperanto for Gathering of the Great Gods (Esperanto is the artificial language I use as the alien language). I listen to this sometimes to inspire or accompany work on my sci-fi novel Shadows and Stars, sometimes just to start the morning.

In the novel, the two main characters, the astrophysicist Daryn Jacob and his bodyguard/guide, Baslo Sero, are traveling by foot on a long journey across the planet Zaigosh. On Zaigosh, religion is outlawed. Nonetheless, tens of thousands of worshippers of many gods meet in secret and away from the government’s eyes in a remote canyon. Daryn and Sero happen into this celebration and see many odd and wild things. This playlist is a soundtrack for what they experience in the Diegaro.

This playlist contains 17 videos. All are dark, mystical, and pagan in nature. All are either mystical or visceral. Some have a haunting beauty. Groups/performers include: Anilah, Trobar de Morte, Skald, Faun, The Hu, Danheim, Ozgur Baba, Eivor, and Sagason among many others (some of these videos are playlists of their own).

This video will play only in a set sequence. If you would like to skip around within it, go to my YouTube page: Diegaro.

–Phil Slattery, Publisher, The Chamber Magazine

Call for Submissions: Seeking Article on Contemporary Dark Romanian Literature

Photo of Woman by Michaela Vreja from Pexels

With our recent publication of several works of Bogdan Dragos along with his interview with The Chamber, the amount of The Chamber’s website visitors from Romania has rocketed.

Outside of Dracula, very few Americans would be able to name another literary work or a movie set in Romania. There are some horror movies set in Romania, but these rarely make it anywhere near the mainstream of American media and entertainment.

Now, I am curious about what the state of contemporary Romanian literature is like, particularly with regards to dark literature.

Therefore I am issuing a call for submissions from a Romanian writer for an essay on contemporary dark literature in Romania. The essay should be about 2,000 words or less in keeping with The Chamber’s format. Up to three photos may accompany the article. If I get submissions from more than one author, I may publish more than one essay, provided the writing is acceptable and the article is of good quality. Though I am not requesting citations or a bibliography, the essay should be well researched. The article must be in English, though I will publish its Romanian translation with it, if one is submitted. There is no deadline for the essay. Submissions of this essay must adhere to all of The Chamber’s guidelines as stated on our Submissions page.

Unfortunately, as always, I cannot pay for this essay, but the author will retain all rights. The author’s only compensation will be publication and exposure to the US market, such as it is for The Chamber.


Phil Slattery

Publisher and Editor, The Chamber Magazine