Author Spotlight: Wendy Rathbone

Continuing our Darke spotlight, we next find Wendy Rathbone. Her beautiful story, “I Keep the Dark That Is Your Pain”, begins:   Rumor had it the man in the old house at the edge of the woods was the greatest hunter the town had ever known. Stories told that he’d taken down rogue bears, the most rabid and fiercest of… Continue reading Author Spotlight: Wendy Rathbone

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: Ian Futter

Next up, we have poet of the dark, Ian Futter. His poem “Him”, is a beautiful piece in A Darke Phantastique. I fell in love with death. He stopped my heart and stole my breath. With charming smiles of bone and eyes like caves that called me home.   And what is behind this seduction?  … Continue reading Author Spotlight: Ian Futter

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: J. C. Koch

Continuing with our spotlight on contributors to A Darke Phantastique, we come to J. C. Koch and her story “Outsiders”. The beginning is eerie: I have lived in darkness for so long. The memory of light is still with me. It floats in my mind, tantalizing, so close yet so far away. For longer than I can… Continue reading Author Spotlight: J. C. Koch

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

Author Spotlight: Richard Gavin

Furthering our progress through the author spotlights on contributors to A Darke Phantastique, we light on Richard Gavin. His work, “Creaking Earth”, starts with this bit that will draw you in immediately:   Five weeks ago I found this diary inside the attic’s dilapidated chimney. The original author’s identity is a mystery to me, as is when she… Continue reading Author Spotlight: Richard Gavin