Contents September 2022

Contents

Short Fiction

“The Great British Stag Night” Dark Fiction by James Burt

“His Assistant” Dark Fiction by Patrick Crossen

“The Man with a Ghost in his Eyes” Psychological Horror by Kate Bergquist

“The Well” Horror by Sadie Kraus

“Nemesis” Post-Apocalyptic Feline Horror by Rudolfo San Miguel

“The Golem of Slotnick Hills” Supernatural Fiction by Matthew Ross

“Nycotophobia” Horror by Jordon Jones

“Pinstripe” Suspense by George Gill

“The Haves and Have Nots” Dark Speculative Fiction by Martha Juliet

“Midnight Galaxy” Horror by Rituparna Mitra

“I Am Not a Crook” Dark Humor by James Hanna

“Envy” Horror by Eric Dawson

Flash Fiction

“Happy Again” Dark Flash Fiction by Kyelar Engen

“The Masks” Dark, Modernist Horror by Kimberley Luxton

“Team Meeting” Dark Flash Fiction by Jacob Strunk

“bang dammit slam” Dark Flash Fiction by Daniel Solomon

Poetry

Three Dark Poems by Jack Harvey: “Relics”, “Cassandra”, and “New York Down and Dirty”

Two Dark Poems by David Galef: “Insomnia, Take 7” and “Precipitation”

Three Dark Poems by Stephen Jarrell Williams: “Out of This World”, “Longing” and “Bitter”

Two Dark Poems by Keea Mihaly: “Obsequy” and “Perfidy”

“War Stone” Dark Poem by Jamie Seibel

The Next Issue Appears October 7

Contents

Short Fiction

“Conjure the Moon” Dark Supernatural Fiction by E.N. Dunn

“Miscue” Dark Fiction by Steve Wilcenski

“The Worm” Dark Sci-Fi by Jesse Rowell

“Keep Your Head Down” Horror by Paul O’Neill

“The New Gods” Science-Fiction by K. Danckert

“Read the Sign” Dark Fiction by Peter Portelli

“Zombies in a Dreamscape” Dark, Supernatural Fiction by Hareendran Kallinkeel

“Daluse” Dark Fiction by Rob Plunkett

“Mal du Pays” Dark Fiction by Trevor Zaple

“Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep” Dark Fiction by Curtis A. Bass

“A Cup of Kindness” a Dark Contemporary Retelling of a Traditional Fairy Tale by Kelly Jarvis

Poetry

“Night Mistress” Dark Poetry by Joe Farina

Flash Fiction

“Revenge is a Dish Best Served Cold” Dark Supernatural Flash Fiction by Phil Temples

“Teacher–Listen” Dark Flash Fiction by Louise Worthington

“Sandbar” Dark Flash Fiction by K.A. Williams

Interview

The Chamber’s Interview with Author Russell James

Review

Road of Bones: Review by Ryan Tan

The Next Issue Appears September 2

Contents

Short Fiction

“Potsherds” Dark Magic Realism by Johanna Haas
“Good Girl” Fiction by Katie Trescott
“Death of a Poet” Dark Fiction by Guy Prevost
“The Bird Woman and the Silent Minority” Dark Fantasy by Elinora Westfall
“The Broken Doll” Horror by Kate Bergquist
“Another Will Take Your Place” Dark Drama by James Hanna
“Sour Dough” Dark Fiction by Kate M. Tyte
“The Ideal Man” Dark Science-Fiction by Leland Neville
“Angels of the Morning” Dark Fiction by Alan Catlin
“Thanksgiving” Folk Horror Dark Fiction by Sara White

Poetry

“The Man by the River” Dark Poetry by David Newkirk
“The Wolf in Winter’s Wool” Dark Poem by Algo (Alec Gourley)
“Proof That Dragons Still Live” Dark Poetry by John Michael Sears
Five Dark Poems by Damon Hubbs
“A Vampire’s Internet Search History” Dark Poetry by J.Richard Kron

Flash Fiction

“Taste” Flash Horror by Madison Randolph

The Next Issue Appears August 5

Cover of The Chamber Magazine for August 5, 2022

Contents

“Billy the Killer and Martha Jean” Horror by Rachel Brands
“Ghost” Dark Poetry by June Allyn Johnson
“No Rose without Thorns” Flash Horror by Madeleine D’Este
Two Dark Poems by Travis Black: “May My Sorrows Comfort Me in my Time of Need” and “The Sound of a Train in the Distance”
“Teddy Bear” Dark Poetry by A.N. Rose
“The Feverish Fast of Albert Drach” Dark, Surreal Microfiction by Karin Kutlay
“Quetzalcoatl Comet” Dark, Historical Fiction by Titus Green
“Last Call at the Divina Comedia” Dark, Hyper-Real Fiction by Alan Catlin
“Finding Shadows in the Fire” Dark, Historical Fiction by R.P. Serin
“12 Items or Less” Dark Fiction by Kay Summers
“Bloodsucker” Dark Supernatural Fiction by Mehnaz Sahibzada
“All’s Over, Then” Horror by Gershon Ben-Avraham
“Night” Dark Fiction by Amita Basu
“Tea with Nanna” Dark Fiction by B.C. Nance
“It Wasn’t My Fault” Dark Fiction by Joseph Buckley
Special Feature–“Son of Abyss”: discographic debut of multifaceted duo Abisso

The Next Issue Appears July 1

Contents

“Ferry Ride” Dark Fiction by Alan Catlin
“Peppermint Candy” Dark Fiction by James Mulhern
Three Dark Poems by Peter Michael Bush: “Fear in the Eyes of the Crocodile”, “First…Serial…Rites”, and “Blood in the Sycamores”
“You Monster” Horror by Janelle Chambers
“Speakers” Dark Fiction by Patrick R. Wilson
“A Saga of Blasphemy” Dark Fiction by Hareendran Kallinkeel
“Like Moths to a Flame” Dark Fiction by Cecilia Kennedy
“In My Heart There Stirs a Quiet Pain” Dark Fiction by Kate Bergquist
“Act 1, Scene1” Dark Poetry by Prithvijeet Sinha
“Interrogation” Dark Horror by Damir Salkovic
“Little Bunny Foo Foo” Dark Fiction by Tre Luna
“His Heart’s Desire” Horror by N.D. Coley
“Fathers & Sons” Dark Fiction by Andre P. Audette
“Two Beds, One Room” Dark Fiction by Angel Polanco
Three Darkly Humorous Poems by K.A. Williams: “Lunch at the Lake”, “Cal and Kay”, and “Night Caller”
“The Hangings” a Dark, Futuristic Parody by James Hanna
“Flowers in the Woods” Dark Sudden Fiction by Anita Joy Balraj
“Office Friends” Dark Psychological Fiction by Pauline Chow

Contents

“Useless Things” Dark Fiction by James Mulhern
“The Red Eye of Love” Dark Fiction by Len Messineo
“All the Coney Islands of the Mind” Dark Fiction by Alan Catlin
“Greetings from Krampus” Dark Fiction by Tiffany Renee Harmon
“Voice in the Casket” Dark Poem by Bernadette Harris
“Ideal You Bars” Dark Fiction by Emma Burger
“Doctor Dread’s Creative Writing Revolution” Dark Fiction by Thomas White
Three Dark Poems by John Tustin: “The Crush of the Moon”, “Dead Candles”, “Respite”
“The Black Curtain” Dark Surrealism by Leonard Henry Scott
“Resurrection” Dark Fiction by Kelly Piner
“Medusae” Science-Fiction/Horror by Elana Gomal

Dear loyal readers,

I have decided to put The Chamber on hiatus from March 11 until April 1 after which The Chamber will become a monthly magazine. There will be no March 11, March 18, or March 25 issues. This is something I have been contemplating for several months.

I will run this issue’s (March 4) cover for a week, after which it will be replaced with a notice about the hiatus. All stories, poetry, and other material will continue to be available. I will even update the blog occasionally.

The first reason I have for this is time management. Running a weekly magazine of 6-7 stories/poems every issue takes up considerable time, which I could use to finish a novel I have had in the works for a few years. This is also time I could use for personal matters such as visiting family. You may have not realized this, but this is a one-man operation. My time is limited as it is, as I have a 40-hour/week day job to keep a roof over my head and the barbeque occasionally rolling in.

The second reason I am doing this is a drop in the number of submissions over the last few weeks. When I started The Chamber, I was receiving a lot of submissions. Coming up with several stories per issue was easy. I could even have 3-4 issues prepared in advance allowing me time for personal matters. Submissions have slowed in the past few weeks making it tricky to maintain approximately the same length for each issue. Sometimes I find myself hoping that I will have enough material for the upcoming issue. By going to a monthly format, I will be able to take the same number of stories and poems coming in currently, and maybe double (more or less) the length of each issue, and have a few issues prepared in advance to automatically publish themselves when the first of each month rolls around. I am hoping that going to a monthly format will also help The Chamber improve in terms of quality. A monthly format will afford me more time to concentrate on the details of each story and poem and on the details of each issue.

For the time being, any stories and poems that were slated to appear in the March 11 issue will now appear in the April 1 issue.

Honestly, I wish I did not have to go this route. I love reading the high-quality, creative material submitted and doing the minimal editing sometimes required. Though I will still be doing these tasks, I will be doing them less.

I also love interacting frequently with the authors and poets, who are all terrific people. I have had no conflicts with anyone in the year and two months I have been publishing The Chamber (I wish I could say the same for my day job). Working with The Chamber’s contributors in a field that I love and enjoy is like going outside and playing with the neighborhood kids when in grade school. Unfortunately, I now have to go back in the house for a while and do my homework. I will be coming out to play now and then though.

Sincerely,

Phil Slattery

Founder, Publisher, Editor-in-Chief, Graphic Designer, Head Honcho, Gopher, Chief Cook and Bottle Washer

Contents

“A Proper Ballerina” Dark Fiction by Janet Goldberg

“Piñata” Dark, Supernatural Flash Fiction by D.C. Marcus

Three Dark Poems by Callum McGee: “Black Oracles of Anfield Cemetery”, “Black Taxi”, and “Four Years of Hell”

“The Shade” Dark, Supernatural Fiction by Wess Mongo Jolley

Three Dark Poems by Joseph Farina: “fever planes”, “simulacrum”, and “what we leave behind”

“A Game of Horrors” Dark Fiction by Philip Laverty

“The Orange Tree” Fiction by Molly Osborne

Contents

“Every Dog Has His Day” Mystery by Julian Grant (Part 2 of 2)
“Safe” Dark Fiction by Janet Goldberg
“Steve Loved Her to Pieces” Dark Fiction by Robert Kostanczuk
“Acting Out” Dark Fiction by Brian R. Quinn
“The Lottery” Dark, Speculative Fiction by James Hanna
“Sister Tells Me” Dark Fiction by D.C. Marcus

Contents

“Dream Errors” Psychological Horror by Jay Charles
“The Forgiveness” Psychological Horror by Jacob Austin
“Cruel” Dark, Legendary Fiction by Billy Stanton
“Welcome to Hell” Darkly Humorous Fiction by Curtis Bass
“On the Boardwalk” Dark Flash Fiction by Alan Catlin
“Final Trick” Flash Fiction by Young Tanoto
“Every Dog Has His Day” Mystery by Julian Grant (Part 1 of 2)

Contents

“The Text” Dark Flash Fiction by Christy Byrd

“Love is Forever” Dark, Supernatural Fiction by Brian Klingborg

“The Stain” Lovecraftian Fiction by Damir Salkovic

“The Auctioneer’s Daughter” Dark Poetry by Olga Alexandra

“The Seven-Horsed Chariot” Dark, Legendary Fiction by Hareendran Kallinkeel

“Momma’s Boy” Dark Fiction by Ryan Thomas LaBee

“The Modified Man” Dark Science-Fiction by Joseph B. Cleary

Contents

“No Talking in the Library” Horror by T.L. Beeding

“Russell’s Story” Dark Comedy-Horror by Philip Laverty

Five Dark Poems by Jack Harvey

“The Lesbian Dinosaurs Are Coming to Murder Your Asses” Dark Psychological Fiction by Sara Corris

“Sifting Through the Ashes” Dark Supernatural Flash Fiction by Shelly Jones

“So Long As I Don’t Look Up” Dark Flash Fiction by Jonathan Williams

Contents

“The Midnight Mountain” (Part 2 of 2) Dark Social Realism by Chad Hindman

Three Dark Poems by Toshihisa Nikaido

“Inevitable” Dark Flash Fiction by Daniel Mowery

Three Poems by Thomas White

 

“Liquid Asylum” Dark Flash Fiction by Margaret Sefton

“The Sixth Cut” Dark, Surreal Fiction by KA Burks

“Rubies on a Mossy Idol” Dark Fiction by Hareendran Kallinkeel

“Subway” Dark Fiction by Alan Catlin

“Cycles” Dark, Futuristic Flash Fiction by Tony Bolger

“Deepest Condolences” Dark Flash Fiction by Adrian David

Contents:

“The Midnight Mountain” (Part 1 of 2) Dark Social Realism by Chad Hindman

“The Lot” Dark Supernatural Fiction by A.J. Britz

“How to Get Rid of a Ghost in Five Steps with Pictures” Dark Humor by Elly McFadden

“The Man” Dark Fiction by Abigail Plitt

“No Mercy for the Little Snakes” Dark Fiction by Kim Harrison

“Two Ways to Self-Destruction” Dark Fiction by Jimmy Webb

“Dr Liu & Her Box of Memories” Dark Fiction by Dan Sands

“Castle Winterdrecht” Dark, Supernatural Fiction by Lisa Voorhees