Format Changes are Coming to The Chamber

On October 1, the appearance of The Chamber will change. Instead of having a rolling blog on the homepage, there will be a large cover, which has been the image in the upper right of the website. In place of that small cover will be three images of spooky doorways each with a figure of a person leading the way inside. The doorways will be labeled Short Stories, Flash Fiction, and Poetry. Clicking on a door will take you to that page. These pages will, of course, also be listed on the primary menu. The widgets in the right-hand column will also change but to a minor, yet-to-be-determined degree. This will make The Chamber a tad more traditional in its appearance by making it appear more like a magazine cover on its homepage. No changes are planned for the other pages, except, of course, for the additions of a poetry and a short fiction page.

The primary reasons for this change are a matter of space and time (in a manner of speaking).

The original intent of the blog format was to enable submissions to be published with relative speed as they came in. All types of submissions, short stories, flash fiction, and poetry were published together in a column of five posts that changed weekly in order to address the amount of submissions coming in. Subjectively, five seemed to be the optimal number of posts to show yet keep the page short so that readers did not have to scroll down a long list and to keep the appearance of the homepage clean, tidy, and organized.

Then the number of submissions increased, particularly poetry. However, poetry is naturally shorter than most short fiction. So, whenever one or more poems was/were published, that meant that the reader had fewer words to read than with five short stories, which, assuming a minimal word count of about 2,000 words/short story, meant that the reader was reading about 10,000 words if no poems were published and considerably less if more than one post was poetry. The same is also true of flash fiction, which The Chamber defines as stories of 1,000 words or less.

For the time being, the solution seems to be to give each type of submission its own page and on the homepage make the changes described in the first paragraph above. New issues will continue to be published on Fridays, although going to a monthly at some point has not been ruled out. The Chamber does like to give its writers as much exposure and publicity as possible, which is why bios appear as excerpts and and not synopses of the submissions. The Chamber still wants to publicize the writers in an issue on the homepage, but how to do this in the new format is still being worked out. So, expect to see more changes as time progresses.

Some of you may be wondering why not just work on a format until it is perfect and then publish it versus changing it sporadically?

Answer:

  • The publisher, being an amateur military historian, agrees with General Patton’s philosophy that a good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow.
  • No matter what format is decided upon, it will always be changed eventually.
  • Always having some change, even minor ones, keeps the magazine fresh and the reader on his/her toes as to what to expect. In a sense, it makes the magazine more exciting and mysterious than sticking with the same cover for years, watching it become dated and stale. Change is the nature of the universe. People become bored if nothing changes.
  • Of course, people also take comfort in some things remaining the same and in knowing what to expect. Therefore, the excitement of change must be balanced with the comfort of knowing what to expect. This is why The Chamber is making this announcement about a major change to its format and will not announce minor changes.

Please leave contact The Chamber with any suggestions, questions, or constructive criticism.

Appearing in The Chamber October 1

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New issues appear Fridays at 10:00 a.m. CDT/ 4:00 p.m. BST/ 8:30 p.m. IST/ 1:00 a.m. AEST (Saturdays).

“Incense and White Wine” Dark Poetry by Joseph A. Farina

Joseph A Farina is a retired lawyer and award winning poet, in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. His  poems have appeared in Philadelphia Poets, Tower Poetry, The Windsor Review, and Tamaracks: Canadian Poetry for the 21st Century. He has two books of poetry published ,The Cancer Chronicles and The Ghosts of Water Street.

Interview with Author John Ryland

John Ryland has published work in Eldritch Journal, Otherwise Engaged, The Writer’s Magazine, Birmingham Arts Journal, Subterranean Blue, and others. His collection Southern Gothic and novel Souls Harbor are currently available on all major markets. His upcoming novel The Man with No Eyes, will be published by Moonshine Cove Press in March 2022.

“Fair Trade” Dark Fantasy by Ella Gale

Ella Gale is a writer and comedian in Los Angeles who has published mostly humor in places like McSweeney’s and the Hard Times.

“Corn-Fed Baby and Gravy” Horror by Chris Riley

Chris Riley lives near Sacramento, California, vowing one day to move back to the Pacific Northwest. In the meantime, he teaches special education, writes cool stories, and hides from the blasting heat for six months of the year. He has had over 100 short stories published in various magazines and anthologies, and across various genres. His debut novel, one of literary suspense, titled The Sinking of the Angie Piper, was published in 2017; and his debut short story collection is forthcoming, with Mount Abraxas Press. For more information, go to www.chrisrileyauthor.com.  

“Little Black Dress” A Grimdark Thriller by Mick Benderoth

Mick Benderoth was a Hollywood screenwriter now back home in New York City writing fiction prose.

“Little Darling” Dark Supernatural Fiction by James Hanna

James Hanna is a retired probation officer and a former fiction editor. Due to his background, the criminal element figures strongly in much of his writing. James’ stories have appeared in over thirty journals, including Sixfold, Crack the Spine, and The Literary Review. His books, all of which have won awards, are available on Amazon

Next Issue: October 8

Format Changes are Coming to The Chamber

On October 1, the appearance of The Chamber will change. Instead of having a rolling blog on the homepage, there will be a large cover, which has been the image in the upper right of the website. In place of that small cover will be three images of spooky doorways each with a figure of a person leading the way inside. The doorways will be labeled Short Stories, Flash Fiction, and Poetry. Clicking on a door will take you to that page. These pages will, of course, also be listed on the primary menu. The widgets in the right-hand column will also change but to a minor, yet-to-be-determined degree. This will make The Chamber a tad more traditional in its appearance by making it appear more like a magazine cover on its homepage. No changes are planned for the other pages, except, of course, for the additions of a poetry and a short fiction page.

The primary reasons for this change are a matter of space and time (in a manner of speaking).

The original intent of the blog format was to enable submissions to be published with relative speed as they came in. All types of submissions, short stories, flash fiction, and poetry were published together in a column of five posts that changed weekly in order to address the amount of submissions coming in. Subjectively, five seemed to be the optimal number of posts to show yet keep the page short so that readers did not have to scroll down a long list and to keep the appearance of the homepage clean, tidy, and organized.

Then the number of submissions increased, particularly poetry. However, poetry is naturally shorter than most short fiction. So, whenever one or more poems was/were published, that meant that the reader had fewer words to read than with five short stories, which, assuming a minimal word count of about 2,000 words/short story, meant that the reader was reading about 10,000 words if no poems were published and considerably less if more than one post was poetry. The same is also true of flash fiction, which The Chamber defines as stories of 1,000 words or less.

For the time being, the solution seems to be to give each type of submission its own page and on the homepage make the changes described in the first paragraph above. New issues will continue to be published on Fridays, although going to a monthly at some point has not been ruled out. The Chamber does like to give its writers as much exposure and publicity as possible, which is why bios appear as excerpts and and not synopses of the submissions. The Chamber still wants to publicize the writers in an issue on the homepage, but how to do this in the new format is still being worked out. So, expect to see more changes as time progresses.

Some of you may be wondering why not just work on a format until it is perfect and then publish it versus changing it sporadically?

Answer:

  • The publisher, being an amateur military historian, agrees with General Patton’s philosophy that a good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow.
  • No matter what format is decided upon, it will always be changed eventually.
  • Always having some change, even minor ones, keeps the magazine fresh and the reader on his/her toes as to what to expect. In a sense, it makes the magazine more exciting and mysterious than sticking with the same cover for years, watching it become dated and stale. Change is the nature of the universe. People become bored if nothing changes.
  • Of course, people also take comfort in some things remaining the same and in knowing what to expect. Therefore, the excitement of change must be balanced with the comfort of knowing what to expect. This is why The Chamber is making this announcement about a major change to its format and will not announce minor changes.

Please leave contact The Chamber with any suggestions, questions, or constructive criticism.

Format Changes are Coming to The Chamber

On October 1, the appearance of The Chamber will change. Instead of having a rolling blog on the homepage, there will be a large cover, which has been the image in the upper right of the website. In place of that small cover will be three images of spooky doorways each with a figure of a person leading the way inside. The doorways will be labeled Short Stories, Flash Fiction, and Poetry. Clicking on a door will take you to that page. These pages will, of course, also be listed on the primary menu. The widgets in the right-hand column will also change but to a minor, yet-to-be-determined degree. This will make The Chamber a tad more traditional in its appearance by making it appear more like a magazine cover on its homepage. No changes are planned for the other pages, except, of course, for the additions of a poetry and a short fiction page.

The primary reasons for this change are a matter of space and time (in a manner of speaking).

The original intent of the blog format was to enable submissions to be published with relative speed as they came in. All types of submissions, short stories, flash fiction, and poetry were published together in a column of five posts that changed weekly in order to address the amount of submissions coming in. Subjectively, five seemed to be the optimal number of posts to show yet keep the page short so that readers did not have to scroll down a long list and to keep the appearance of the homepage clean, tidy, and organized.

Then the number of submissions increased, particularly poetry. However, poetry is naturally shorter than most short fiction. So, whenever one or more poems was/were published, that meant that the reader had fewer words to read than with five short stories, which, assuming a minimal word count of about 2,000 words/short story, meant that the reader was reading about 10,000 words if no poems were published and considerably less if more than one post was poetry. The same is also true of flash fiction, which The Chamber defines as stories of 1,000 words or less.

For the time being, the solution seems to be to give each type of submission its own page and on the homepage make the changes described in the first paragraph above. New issues will continue to be published on Fridays, although going to a monthly at some point has not been ruled out. The Chamber does like to give its writers as much exposure and publicity as possible, which is why bios appear as excerpts and and not synopses of the submissions. The Chamber still wants to publicize the writers in an issue on the homepage, but how to do this in the new format is still being worked out. So, expect to see more changes as time progresses.

Some of you may be wondering why not just work on a format until it is perfect and then publish it versus changing it sporadically?

Answer:

  • The publisher, being an amateur military historian, agrees with General Patton’s philosophy that a good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow.
  • No matter what format is decided upon, it will always be changed eventually.
  • Always having some change, even minor ones, keeps the magazine fresh and the reader on his/her toes as to what to expect. In a sense, it makes the magazine more exciting and mysterious than sticking with the same cover for years, watching it become dated and stale. Change is the nature of the universe. People become bored if nothing changes.
  • Of course, people also take comfort in some things remaining the same and in knowing what to expect. Therefore, the excitement of change must be balanced with the comfort of knowing what to expect. This is why The Chamber is making this announcement about a major change to its format and will not announce minor changes.

Please leave contact The Chamber with any suggestions, questions, or constructive criticism.

New Interview

Thank you Julian for doing the interview. It was a fascinating, enjoyable read.

Outlaw Poetry

The kind folks at The Chamber Magazine interviewed me recently about my work habits as a writer and artist. I’m always indebted to these lit journal and web publishing venues for showcasing my short form fiction and poetry.

I’m a big believer in publishing often and to as many supporters as possible. It’s thanks to The Chamber Magazine (and others) that my work grows stronger every time.

Interview with Author and Filmmaker Julian Grant

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Format Changes are Coming to The Chamber

On October 1, the appearance of The Chamber will change. Instead of having a rolling blog on the homepage, there will be a large cover, which has been the image in the upper right of the website. In place of that small cover will be three images of spooky doorways each with a figure of a person leading the way inside. The doorways will be labeled Short Stories, Flash Fiction, and Poetry. Clicking on a door will take you to that page. These pages will, of course, also be listed on the primary menu. The widgets in the right-hand column will also change but to a minor, yet-to-be-determined degree. This will make The Chamber a tad more traditional in its appearance by making it appear more like a magazine cover on its homepage. No changes are planned for the other pages, except, of course, for the additions of a poetry and a short fiction page.

The primary reasons for this change are a matter of space and time (in a manner of speaking).

The original intent of the blog format was to enable submissions to be published with relative speed as they came in. All types of submissions, short stories, flash fiction, and poetry were published together in a column of five posts that changed weekly in order to address the amount of submissions coming in. Subjectively, five seemed to be the optimal number of posts to show yet keep the page short so that readers did not have to scroll down a long list and to keep the appearance of the homepage clean, tidy, and organized.

Then the number of submissions increased, particularly poetry. However, poetry is naturally shorter than most short fiction. So, whenever one or more poems was/were published, that meant that the reader had fewer words to read than with five short stories, which, assuming a minimal word count of about 2,000 words/short story, meant that the reader was reading about 10,000 words if no poems were published and considerably less if more than one post was poetry. The same is also true of flash fiction, which The Chamber defines as stories of 1,000 words or less.

For the time being, the solution seems to be to give each type of submission its own page and on the homepage make the changes described in the first paragraph above. New issues will continue to be published on Fridays, although going to a monthly at some point has not been ruled out. The Chamber does like to give its writers as much exposure and publicity as possible, which is why bios appear as excerpts and and not synopses of the submissions. The Chamber still wants to publicize the writers in an issue on the homepage, but how to do this in the new format is still being worked out. So, expect to see more changes as time progresses.

Some of you may be wondering why not just work on a format until it is perfect and then publish it versus changing it sporadically?

Answer:

  • The publisher, being an amateur military historian, agrees with General Patton’s philosophy that a good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow.
  • No matter what format is decided upon, it will always be changed eventually.
  • Always having some change, even minor ones, keeps the magazine fresh and the reader on his/her toes as to what to expect. In a sense, it makes the magazine more exciting and mysterious than sticking with the same cover for years, watching it become dated and stale. Change is the nature of the universe. People become bored if nothing changes.
  • Of course, people also take comfort in some things remaining the same and in knowing what to expect. Therefore, the excitement of change must be balanced with the comfort of knowing what to expect. This is why The Chamber is making this announcement about a major change to its format and will not announce minor changes.

Please leave contact The Chamber with any suggestions, questions, or constructive criticism.