Coming to The Saturday Night Special on August 13: “The Willows” by Algernon Blackwood–a Horrorbabble Presentation

Algernon Blackwood prior to 1916

The Saturday Night Special on August 13, 2022 at 10:00 p.m. (US central time) will feature a Horrorbabble version (narrated by Ian Gordon) of Algernon Blackwood’s famed weird fiction tale of two young adventurers boating down the Danube in the early 20th century: “The Willows”. Join The Chamber in experiencing this thrilling event.

“The Saturday Night Special” is a new feature of The Chamber Magazine that reprints classic stories of literary horror. It runs every Saturday night at 10:00 p.m. US central time for timeless thrills and chills.

Simple Favor to Ask…

The Chamber Magazine: Contemporary Dark Fiction and Poetry

If you were kind enough to purchase one of The Chamber’s many products at The Chamber Magazine’s Gift Shop or in The Bookshop, don’t forget to leave a quick, honest review of the product. This helps support the magazine and gets you a smidgen more public exposure, which every writer needs. It also helps me decide which products to carry and which designs are popular.

If you can’t decide which book to purchase, read one of Ryan Tan’s reviews to help with that decision or buy one of the many books available from The Chamber’s contributors. The Chamber has separate shelves in the bookshop for both of those categories.

Thanks for your time,

Phil Slattery, Publisher and Editor

Now Taking Submissions for the October 7 Issue!

The Chamber Magazine: Contemporary Dark Fiction and Poetry is now taking submissions for the October 7 issue.

The Chamber is now taking submissions for the October 7 issue. Submissions for the September issue are closed. Halloween-related material is welcome but not required to submit. Please have your submission in before October 1. Be sure to include the genre and/or subgenre of your work in your cover letter along with the word count and a bio of approximately fifty words or less.

Check out the latest in our Bookshop and Gift Shop while you are here.

Coming to The Saturday Night Special on August 13: “The Willows” by Algernon Blackwood–a Horrorbabble Presentation

Algernon Blackwood prior to 1916

The Saturday Night Special on August 13, 2022 at 10:00 p.m. (US central time) will feature a Horrorbabble version (narrated by Ian Gordon) of Algernon Blackwood’s famed weird fiction tale of two young adventurers boating down the Danube in the early 20th century: “The Willows”. Join The Chamber in experiencing this thrilling event.

“The Saturday Night Special” is a new feature of The Chamber Magazine that reprints classic stories of literary horror. It runs every Saturday night at 10:00 p.m. US central time for timeless thrills and chills.

Now Taking Submissions for the October 7 Issue!

The Chamber Magazine: Contemporary Dark Fiction and Poetry is now taking submissions for the October 7 issue.

The Chamber is now taking submissions for the October 7 issue. Submissions for the September issue are closed. Halloween-related material is welcome but not required to submit. Please have your submission in before October 1. Be sure to include the genre and/or subgenre of your work in your cover letter along with the word count and a bio of approximately fifty words or less.

Check out the latest in our Bookshop and Gift Shop while you are here.

Coming to The Saturday Night Special on August 20: “What Was It?” by Fitz-James O’Brien

The Saturday Night Special on August 20, 2022 at 10:00 p.m. (US central time) will feature the story “What Was It” by Fitz-James O’Brien, whose literary place is described as:

Fitz-James O’Brien, (born c. 1828, County Limerick, Ireland—died April 6, 1862, CumberlandMaryland, U.S.), Irish-born American journalist, playwright, and author whose psychologically penetrating tales of pseudoscience and the uncanny made him one of the forerunners of modern science fiction…His best-known stories include “The Diamond Lens,” about a man who falls in love with a being he sees through a microscope in a drop of water; “What Was It?” in which a man is attacked by a thing he apprehends with every sense but sight; and “The Wondersmith,” in which robots are fashioned only to turn upon their creators. These three stories appeared in periodicals in 1858 and 1859.

Britannica.com July 31, 2022

“What Was It? A Mystery” is one the earliest examples of invisibility in literature and his story “From Hand to Mouth” is one of the earliest examples of surrealism.

“The Saturday Night Special” is a new feature of The Chamber Magazine that reprints classic stories of literary horror. It runs every Saturday night at 10:00 p.m. US central time for timeless thrills and chills.

COMING AUGUST 5: THE NEW ISSUE

Coming August 5: New dark fiction and poetry from The Chamber Magazine.
Dark Fiction by E.N. Dunn, Steve Wilcenski, Jesse Rowell, Paul O’Neill, K. Danckert, Peter Portelli, Hareendran Kallinkeel, Rob Plunkett, Trevor Zaple, Curtis A. Bass, and Kelly Jarvis
Dark Flash Fiction by Phil Temples, Louise Worthington, and K.A. Williams
Dark Poetry by Joe Farina
An Interview with Author Russell James
And a Review of Road of Bones by Ryan Tan. Available in The Chamber’s Bookshop.

Coming September 2

Don’t forget to visit The Chamber’s Bookshop or Gift Shop while you are here.

Update: Podcasts

The Chamber Magazine: Contemporary Dark Fiction and Poetry

This is just a quick note to let everyone know that The Chamber now has its own podcasts. These are available on Spotify and on anchor.fm. There are only three podcasts so far, all of them book reviews by Ryan Tan. A fourth will be out tomorrow, hopefully at 10:00 a.m., but maybe later. I will be expanding and refining the podcasts from here on. Initially, they will focus on reviews and journalistic articles and other formats that lend themselves to being converted easily to podcasts. Follow along and see how they develop.

COMING AUGUST 5: THE NEW ISSUE

Coming August 5: New dark fiction and poetry from The Chamber Magazine.
Dark Fiction by E.N. Dunn, Steve Wilcenski, Jesse Rowell, Paul O’Neill, K. Danckert, Peter Portelli, Hareendran Kallinkeel, Rob Plunkett, Trevor Zaple, Curtis A. Bass, and Kelly Jarvis
Dark Flash Fiction by Phil Temples, Louise Worthington, and K.A. Williams
Dark Poetry by Joe Farina
An Interview with Author Russell James
And a Review of Road of Bones by Ryan Tan. Available in The Chamber’s Bookshop.

Coming September 2

Don’t forget to visit The Chamber’s Bookshop or Gift Shop while you are here.

COMING AUGUST 5: THE NEW ISSUE

Coming August 5: New dark fiction and poetry from The Chamber Magazine.
Dark Fiction by E.N. Dunn, Steve Wilcenski, Jesse Rowell, Paul O’Neill, K. Danckert, Peter Portelli, Hareendran Kallinkeel, Rob Plunkett, Trevor Zaple, Curtis A. Bass, and Kelly Jarvis
Dark Flash Fiction by Phil Temples, Louise Worthington, and K.A. Williams
Dark Poetry by Joe Farina
An Interview with Author Russell James
And a Review of Road of Bones by Ryan Tan. Available in The Chamber’s Bookshop.

Coming September 2

Don’t forget to visit The Chamber’s Bookshop or Gift Shop while you are here.

COMING AUGUST 5: THE NEW ISSUE

Coming August 5: New dark fiction and poetry from The Chamber Magazine.
Dark Fiction by E.N. Dunn, Steve Wilcenski, Jesse Rowell, Paul O’Neill, K. Danckert, Peter Portelli, Hareendran Kallinkeel, Rob Plunkett, Trevor Zaple, Curtis A. Bass, and Kelly Jarvis
Dark Flash Fiction by Phil Temples, Louise Worthington, and K.A. Williams
Dark Poetry by Joe Farina
An Interview with Author Russell James
And a Review of Road of Bones by Ryan Tan. Available in The Chamber’s Bookshop.

Coming September 2

Don’t forget to visit The Chamber’s Bookshop or Gift Shop while you are here.

COMING AUGUST 5: THE NEW ISSUE

Coming August 5: New dark fiction and poetry from The Chamber Magazine.
Dark Fiction by E.N. Dunn, Steve Wilcenski, Jesse Rowell, Paul O’Neill, K. Danckert, Peter Portelli, Hareendran Kallinkeel, Rob Plunkett, Trevor Zaple, Curtis A. Bass, and Kelly Jarvis
Dark Flash Fiction by Phil Temples, Louise Worthington, and K.A. Williams
Dark Poetry by Joe Farina
An Interview with Author Russell James
And a Review of Road of Bones by Ryan Tan. Available in The Chamber’s Bookshop.

Coming September 2

Don’t forget to visit The Chamber’s Bookshop or Gift Shop while you are here.

Now Taking Submissions for the October 7 Issue!

The Chamber Magazine: Contemporary Dark Fiction and Poetry is now taking submissions for the October 7 issue.

The Chamber is now taking submissions for the October 7 issue. Halloween-related material is welcome but not required to submit. Please have your submission in before October 1. Be sure to include the genre and/or subgenre of your work in your cover letter along with the word count and a bio of approximately fifty words or less.

Check out the latest in our Bookshop and Gift Shop while you are here.

Please Check that You are Still Following The Chamber

The Chamber Magazine: Contemporary Dark Fiction and Poetry

WordPress apparently had some issues with some of the updates I have recently made (even though they are part of the WordPress system). As a result, some glitches arose that I have been ironing out. However, one glitch was that the number of followers noted under the subscribe block in the sidebar suddenly dropped from 1,022 to 322. If you following (or subscribing), please check your status. You might have to re-follow/subscribe.

Please Check that You are Still Following The Chamber

The Chamber Magazine: Contemporary Dark Fiction and Poetry

WordPress apparently had some issues with some of the updates I have recently made (even though they are part of the WordPress system). As a result, some glitches arose that I have been ironing out. However, one glitch was that the number of followers noted under the subscribe block in the sidebar suddenly dropped from 1,022 to 322. If you following (or subscribing), please check your status. You might have to re-follow/subscribe.

Please Check that You are Still Following The Chamber

The Chamber Magazine: Contemporary Dark Fiction and Poetry

WordPress apparently had some issues with some of the updates I have recently made (even though they are part of the WordPress system). As a result, some glitches arose that I have been ironing out. However, one glitch was that the number of followers noted under the subscribe block in the sidebar suddenly dropped from 1,022 to 322. If you following (or subscribing), please check your status. You might have to re-follow/subscribe.

Please Check that You are Still Following The Chamber

The Chamber Magazine: Contemporary Dark Fiction and Poetry

WordPress apparently had some issues with some of the updates I have recently made (even though they are part of the WordPress system). As a result, some glitches arose that I have been ironing out. However, one glitch was that the number of followers noted under the subscribe block in the sidebar suddenly dropped from 1,022 to 322. If you following (or subscribing), please check your status. You might have to re-follow/subscribe.

Newsflash: Another Change Coming

As of July 1, instead of publishing individual stories and poems to its blog, The Chamber will publish its contents page, which will have a link to each story, poem, and article. Therefore, each story will still be distributed as always to as many social media as possible.
The reason behind this change is that The Chamber’s content is growing. It is now The Chamber’s goal to publish at least 40,000 words of short fiction in each issue (poems and flash fiction will not be included in this 40,000). This means there will be about twenty or more works published in each issue. If The Chamber continues to send out individual stories and poems to its blog, every month each of The Chamber’s followers would receive a burst of about twenty or more emails in their inbox. The Chamber does not wish to inconvenience its followers like this, so stories and poems will no longer be published in the blog. But with a modified Contents page being published, a link to each work will still go out via the same distribution channels as always. No one’s distribution should be affected.
What is published via the homepage will not be affected. Everyone will still be able to open the cover and go directly to whatever work they desire.
Let me know your thoughts in the comment box below.

Newsflash: Another Change Coming

As of July 1, instead of publishing individual stories and poems to its blog, The Chamber will publish its contents page, which will have a link to each story, poem, and article. Therefore, each story will still be distributed as always to as many social media as possible.
The reason behind this change is that The Chamber’s content is growing. It is now The Chamber’s goal to publish at least 40,000 words of short fiction in each issue (poems and flash fiction will not be included in this 40,000). This means there will be about twenty or more works published in each issue. If The Chamber continues to send out individual stories and poems to its blog, every month each of The Chamber’s followers would receive a burst of about twenty or more emails in their inbox. The Chamber does not wish to inconvenience its followers like this, so stories and poems will no longer be published in the blog. But with a modified Contents page being published, a link to each work will still go out via the same distribution channels as always. No one’s distribution should be affected.
What is published via the homepage will not be affected. Everyone will still be able to open the cover and go directly to whatever work they desire.
Let me know your thoughts in the comment box below.

Newsflash: Another Change Coming

As of July 1, instead of publishing individual stories and poems to its blog, The Chamber will publish its contents page, which will have a link to each story, poem, and article. Therefore, each story will still be distributed as always to as many social media as possible.
The reason behind this change is that The Chamber’s content is growing. It is now The Chamber’s goal to publish at least 40,000 words of short fiction in each issue (poems and flash fiction will not be included in this 40,000). This means there will be about twenty or more works published in each issue. If The Chamber continues to send out individual stories and poems to its blog, every month each of The Chamber’s followers would receive a burst of about twenty or more emails in their inbox. The Chamber does not wish to inconvenience its followers like this, so stories and poems will no longer be published in the blog. But with a modified Contents page being published, a link to each work will still go out via the same distribution channels as always. No one’s distribution should be affected.
What is published via the homepage will not be affected. Everyone will still be able to open the cover and go directly to whatever work they desire.
Let me know your thoughts in the comment box below.

Newsflash: Another Change Coming

As of July 1, instead of publishing individual stories and poems to its blog, The Chamber will publish its contents page, which will have a link to each story, poem, and article. Therefore, each story will still be distributed as always to as many social media as possible.
The reason behind this change is that The Chamber’s content is growing. It is now The Chamber’s goal to publish at least 40,000 words of short fiction in each issue (poems and flash fiction will not be included in this 40,000). This means there will be about twenty or more works published in each issue. If The Chamber continues to send out individual stories and poems to its blog, every month each of The Chamber’s followers would receive a burst of about twenty or more emails in their inbox. The Chamber does not wish to inconvenience its followers like this, so stories and poems will no longer be published in the blog. But with a modified Contents page being published, a link to each work will still go out via the same distribution channels as always. No one’s distribution should be affected.
What is published via the homepage will not be affected. Everyone will still be able to open the cover and go directly to whatever work they desire.
Let me know your thoughts in the comment box below.

Newsflash: A Positive Change is Coming to The Chamber

A major but positive change is coming to The Chamber. The Chamber will now average about 40,000 words of short fiction per issue. Flash fiction, reviews, poetry, and other miscellaneous posts will continue to be included in each issue, but the total word count for short fiction alone will average around 40,000. This means each issue will be about the length of a short novel not including poetry, reviews, etc. This change will take effect with the July 1 issue.
When The Chamber started as a weekly, each issue averaged around 5 works (fiction and poetry combined). That averaged about twenty works of both fiction and poetry per month. After The Chamber became a monthly, I endeavored to keep the size of each issue to about twenty works per month. However, this meant the size of each issue varied. So, to provide a consistent size for each issue, I decided to have a minimum word count. I set that count at 40,000 words per issue, which is generally considered the lower limit for a novel (though the minimum word count for a novel can be lower, depending upon the publisher). This also ensures that the reader can have a substantial issue to read. After all, where else can you get what is essentially a free novel every month? Besides, I really enjoy reading submissions. It is becoming an addiction of sorts, but with a positive effect versus a detrimental one.
I will try this for a while and see how much my workload increases. I do have a life outside The Chamber (though it is generally not as exciting as the worlds I visit when I read submissions). If it becomes too much of a demand on my time for each issue, I may lower the word count. The word count will vary somewhat depending upon the number of quality submissions I receive, but I will try to keep it consistent. So far, each issue has been averaging about 20,000-30,000 words per issue, so bringing it up to 40,000 should not be that much more difficult.
Let me know your thoughts in the comment box below.

Newsflash: A Positive Change is Coming to The Chamber

A major but positive change is coming to The Chamber. The Chamber will now average about 40,000 words of short fiction per issue. Flash fiction, reviews, poetry, and other miscellaneous posts will continue to be included in each issue, but the total word count for short fiction alone will average around 40,000. This means each issue will be about the length of a short novel not including poetry, reviews, etc. This change will take effect with the July 1 issue.
When The Chamber started as a weekly, each issue averaged around 5 works (fiction and poetry combined). That averaged about twenty works of both fiction and poetry per month. After The Chamber became a monthly, I endeavored to keep the size of each issue to about twenty works per month. However, this meant the size of each issue varied. So, to provide a consistent size for each issue, I decided to have a minimum word count. I set that count at 40,000 words per issue, which is generally considered the lower limit for a novel (though the minimum word count for a novel can be lower, depending upon the publisher). This also ensures that the reader can have a substantial issue to read. After all, where else can you get what is essentially a free novel every month? Besides, I really enjoy reading submissions. It is becoming an addiction of sorts, but with a positive effect versus a detrimental one.
I will try this for a while and see how much my workload increases. I do have a life outside The Chamber (though it is generally not as exciting as the worlds I visit when I read submissions). If it becomes too much of a demand on my time for each issue, I may lower the word count. The word count will vary somewhat depending upon the number of quality submissions I receive, but I will try to keep it consistent. So far, each issue has been averaging about 20,000-30,000 words per issue, so bringing it up to 40,000 should not be that much more difficult.
Let me know your thoughts in the comment box below.

Newsflash: Changes Coming to The Saturday Night Special

The Saturday Night Special, which appears at 10:00 p.m. (US Central Time) every Saturday, is changing. On June 18, the current format will be replaced with stories from classic dark literature featuring such authors as John William Polidori, Robert Chambers, Edgar Allan Poe, and many others. The featured story for June 18 will be the tense, supernatural tale of colonial Africa “Lukundoo” by Edward Lucas White. Be sure to drop by The Chamber and check it out.

Newsflash: Changes Coming to The Saturday Night Special

The Saturday Night Special, which appears at 10:00 p.m. (US Central Time) every Saturday, is changing. On June 18, the current format will be replaced with stories from classic dark literature featuring such authors as John William Polidori, Robert Chambers, Edgar Allan Poe, and many others. The featured story for June 18 will be the tense, supernatural tale of colonial Africa “Lukundoo” by Edward Lucas White. Be sure to drop by The Chamber and check it out.