🚀Happy Science Fiction Day!

Isaac Asimov (born Isaak Yudovich Ozimov; circa January 2, 1920 – April 6, 1992)

Science Fiction Day, January 2, is the date that was chosen to correspond with the official birth date of famed science fiction writer Isaac Asimov, born January 2nd, 1920. Asimov was responsible for some incredible works of science fiction literature such as Nightfall and the Foundation Trilogy.   January 2, is also the birth date… Continue reading 🚀Happy Science Fiction Day!

Famous Birthdays on the Leo-Virgo Cusp

Some of the biggest names in genre were born on the Leo-Virgo cusp, from August 19 to August 25. Here’s a list of Famous people born on the Leo-Virgo cusp: , Gene Roddenberry, Ray Bradbury, H. P. Lovecraft, Greg Bear, as well as Robert Plant, Fred Durst, Connie Chung, Kenny Rogers, Wilt Chamberlain, Kim Cattrall, , John Lee Hooker,… Continue reading Famous Birthdays on the Leo-Virgo Cusp

Hold Fast to Dreamers

“Hold fast to dreams For if dreams die Life is a broken-winged bird That cannot fly. Hold fast to dreams For when dreams go Life is a barren field Frozen with snow.”  – “Dreams” by Langston Hughes   The passing of a loved one is an opportunity to face your own mortality; not to wallow… Continue reading Hold Fast to Dreamers

Author Spotlight: Weston Ochse

Weston Ochse, our next spotlight in our continuing series on contributors to A Darke Phantastique, gets into the character of Ernest Hemingway in “The Fine Art of Courage”:   “The matador must have a spiritual enjoyment of the moment of killing. Killing cleanly and in a way which gives you esthetic pleasure and pride has always been one… Continue reading Author Spotlight: Weston Ochse

Author Spotlight: Lucy A. Snyder

“Kudzu” is an invasive story from A Darke Phantastique contributor Lucy A. Snyder. It begins:   Your cell chimes just after you fall asleep. Swearing, you fumble for it on the nightstand. Certain you set the thing to vibrate, you stare at it blearily, wondering if you should just let it go to voicemail. LaRonda stirs sleepily beside you. “You… Continue reading Author Spotlight: Lucy A. Snyder

Author Spotlight: Jerry E. Airth

Jerry E. Airth offers “Promise to Nessie” as the next spolight contributor to A Darke Phantastique. It begins as follows: A heart-seizing cry rose from the lake, a wild, lost, lingering cry, born of desperation and fear and a great desire to be understood, to be private, to be free, to escape. It was a tearing at the fi re-blasted… Continue reading Author Spotlight: Jerry E. Airth

Author Spotlight: Marge Simon

Our next spotlight author, Marge Simon graces A Darke Phantastique with “Selected Poems: Spider Poem, The Little Man, Dream the Titanic”. Here is a snippet:   Needing neither sun nor moon, my mistress spins her webs. Long of leg, with umber hair drawn to fine designs with clip and braid the bright black eyes, the… Continue reading Author Spotlight: Marge Simon

Author Spotlight: Jonathan Thomas

“Down the Hatch” is the story offered by our next spotlight, A Darke Phantastique contributor Jonathan Thomas. It starts: The house had no cellar. None in the development did, said the abrasively perky realtor. Back in the ’70s the builders apparently hadn’t considered cellars necessary or modern or worthwhile. Nate was about to bail then and there, till Barbara’s toxic look shut… Continue reading Author Spotlight: Jonathan Thomas

Author Spotlight: E. E. King

E. E. King is our next author in the spotlight series with not one story, but “Three Fables: 1. In the Hood, 2. Krustallos, 3. The Fiction Lover”. The first piece, “In the Hood” begins:   When I was young I wanted to be a vegetarian, to live in peace with all creatures of the earth, but… Continue reading Author Spotlight: E. E. King

Author Spotlight: S. T. Joshi

For the next Author Spotlight (featuring contributors to A Darke Phantastique) we are treated to fiction from the nonfiction and critical giant, S. T. Joshi. His short story, “You’ll Reach There in Time”, begins: “Hey, old man,” he said in a faintly foreign accent.“How far is it to the next town?” He held up the empty gas-can… Continue reading Author Spotlight: S. T. Joshi