The Saturday Night Special: Music for Rituals and Shamanic Journeys

All dark music videos can be found on the Dark Music playlist on The Chamber’s YouTube channel.

Let’s kick up the party a little and celebrate Walpurgisnacht (April 30- May 1) with Faun (from Germany).

I don’t know of any drink that shamans would have enjoyed, so I’ll go with the closest I can think of: Viking libations or drinks named for vikings or something viking-related (maybe).

I have no idea where these guys obtained a recipe for a screaming viking (they probably concocted it themselves), but here is a much simpler, alternative recipe that you can probably make easily out of stuff you have in your house tonight. I happen to have these ingredients at home tonight, so I will give it a shot.

Now take this opportunity to head out into forest to your special place and commune with nature.

Enjoy. Until next week…

The Saturday Night Special: Verdi’s Requiem – Dies Irae e Tuba Mirum

All dark music videos can be found on the Dark Music playlist on The Chamber’s YouTube channel.

If you’re going to listen to Verdi’s music, why not do it while enjoying some of his favorite beverage: wine.

Enjoy a glass while you learn about Verdi’s interesting life:

Now it’s time to party like Verdi:

Now, let’s kick it into high gear and bring it into the 21st century.


The Saturday Night Special: Playlist to Study like Nietzsche over the Abyss on a Tightrope between the Animal and The Uebermensch

For tonight’s foray, we are going out for a night on the town in Germany. The music is classical, but imagine yourself to be a German grad student studying classical music and literature in modern-day Berlin.

After your night of German cocktails, you can stop by here on the following morning to ease into your day.

While here, check out some of these world-renowned books by German authors that are available in The Chamber’s bookshop:

The Saturday Night Special: Private Eye Noir Jazz

As an experiment, on Saturday nights, The Chamber will bring you videos and maybe a few other things to liven your night. Some nights, it might be an evening barhopping or clubbing. Other nights, it might be an evening at a symphony or a play. Tonight’s theme is the private eye experience. Sit back, grab your favorite Raymond Chandler or Dashiell Hammett novel, and enjoy an evening of suspense. Should you, like many a private eye, overindulge tonight, The Chamber even brings you a hangover cure for tomorrow morning.

All music videos are collected under the Dark Music playlist on The Chamber’s YouTube channel.

To keep the night in a private eye vein, enjoy being in a private eye’s office for a while:

To keep things rolling in the Private Spirit tomorrow morning, here’s a cocktail/hangover cure for a private eye:

While you’re here, check out The Chamber’s bookshop, where you can find classic detective novels like The Big Sleep, The Maltese Falcon, and L.A. Confidential along with many other genres and subjects.

Now Appearing in The Chamber

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).

“Useless Things” Dark Fiction by James Mulhern

James Mulhern’s writing has appeared in literary journals over one hundred and seventy times and has been recognized with many awards. In 2015, Mr. Mulhern was granted a fully paid writing fellowship to Oxford University. That same year, a story was longlisted for the Fish Short Story Prize. In 2017, he was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His novel, Give Them Unquiet Dreams, is a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2019. He was shortlisted for the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2021 for his poetry. Two of his novels were Finalists for the United Kingdom’s Wishing Shelf Book Awards.

“The Red Eye of Love” Dark Fiction by Len Messineo

Len notes: “Previously published in Shenandoah, Tampa Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, The New Novel Review, The Sun: Journal of Ideas and other magazines, I am a former recipient of the Hugh Luke Award and my stories have twice been nominated for inclusion in the Pushcart Prize anthology. I teach at Writers and Books of Rochester and head up the Artisan Jazz Trio which performs throughout Upstate New York.”

“All the Coney Islands of the Mind” Dark Fiction by Alan Catlin

Alan Catlin is primarily known for poetry but that doesn’t prevent him for mixing and matching prose and poetry as the subject allows.  He has published dozens of full length book and chapbooks, mostly poetry, over the years. Although he is not a genre writer he has somehow managed three Rhysling Prize nominations and a Bram Stoker Award nomination He didn’t win either award.

“Greetings from Krampus” Dark Fiction by Tiffany Renee Harmon

Tiffany Renee Harmon is a writer and artist based out of Cincinnati, OH. She has an MFA from Lindenwood University, and her work has appeared in a variety of publications, including The Scarlet Leaf Review, Danse Macabre, and Z Publishing. Her first novel, Suburban Secrets, debuted in 2020. Learn more about her at

“Voice in the Casket” Dark Poem by Bernadette Harris

Bernadette’s work has appeared in a variety of literary magazines, including Ruminate, Braided Way, Introvert, Dear, and The Mindful Word. When she isn’t exploring her latest existential crises, she dabbles in writing children’s literature as well. She can be found at 

“Ideal You Bars” Dark Fiction by Emma Burger

Emma Burger is a writer and young professional working in oncology research. She splits her time between Ann Arbor, Michigan and New York City. Her debut novel, Spaghetti for Starving Girls, was released in September 2021.

“Doctor Dread’s Creative Writing Revolution” Dark Fiction by Thomas White

Thomas White has a triple identity: speculative fiction writer, poet, and essayist. His poems, fiction, and essays have appeared in online and print literary journals and magazines in Australia, the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. He is also a Wiley-Blackwell Journal author who has contributed essays to various nonliterary journals on topics ranging from atheism, the meaning of Evil, Elon Musk, Plato, The Matrix, and reality as a computer simulation. The Encyclopedia Britannica selected one of his previously published essays on Hannah Arendt, Adolph Eichmann, and the “Banality of Evil” for inclusion on its website,…

Three Dark Poems by John Tustin: “The Crush of the Moon”, “Dead Candles”, “Respite”

John Tustin’s poetry has appeared in many disparate literary journals since 2009. contains links to his published poetry online.

“The Black Curtain” Dark Surrealism by Leonard Henry Scott

Leonard Henry Scott was born and raised in the Bronx and is a graduate of American University, with an MLS degree from the University of Maryland.  He was a long-time staff member of the Library of Congress and he and his wife, Hattie presently reside in National Harbor, Maryland. Len’s fiction has appeared in; The MacGuffin, Mystery Tribune, Straylight Magazine, Crack the Spine and elsewhere.

“Resurrection” Dark Fiction by Kelly Piner

Kelly Piner is a Clinical Psychologist who in her free time, tends to feral cats and searches for Bigfoot in nearby forests. Ms. Piner’s short story “Blackout” was recently published in Scarlet Leaf Review’s anniversary issue. Her story, “Dead and Gone,” was just named Honorable Mention in Allegory’s upcoming issue. Her short story “The Old Man and the Cats” was published by Storgy Magazine. Weirdbook’s annual zombie issue featured Ms. Piner’s short Story “Lazy River.” Her stories have appeared in multiple anthologies. She also has short stories published in The Literary Hatchet, East of the Web and in She just completed her first novel, FAT SANDS.

“Medusae” Science-Fiction/Horror by Elana Gomal

Elana Gomel is an academic with a long list of books and articles, specializing in science fiction, Victorian literature, and serial killers. She is also a fiction writer who has published more than a hundred short stories, several novellas, and four novels. She is a member of HWA and can be found at and at




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