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: Nickolas Furr

“In the Wardrobe” is the story by our next Author Spotlight contributor to A Darke Phantastique, Nickolas Furr. Here’s a sneak peak:   Lord Butler-Graham leaned on his walking-stick, hand over hand, his knuckles rolling beneath scarred skin as he shifted his weight. The lamps glowed dimly, casting shadows about the room. A few dozen of the club’s gentlemen sat… Continue reading Author Spotlight: Nickolas Furr

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: 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: 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: Joe R. Lansdale

Joe R. Lansdale. Yep, he’s the next author in the spotlight for our series focusing on contributors to A Darke Phantastique. He sets up his story:   We were at the club’s Christmas Eve party. In the past, the organization had been all male, but though we had changed with the times, few women came to our meetings, perhaps finding… Continue reading Author Spotlight: Joe R. Lansdale

Author Spotlight: Steve Rasnic Tem

Next the spotlight shines on Steve Rasnic Tem as we continue to count through the contributors to A Darke Phantastique. The opening to his story, “The Weight Lost”, is touching:   They’d started the diet together, Clyde and Marjorie. Marjorie had stopped after losing thirty pounds and kept it off except for the occasional slip. Clyde didn’t care either… Continue reading Author Spotlight: Steve Rasnic Tem

Author Spotlight: Derek Künsken

As we continue to spotlight our contributors to A Darke Phantastique, we come to Derek Künsken whose very bizarre but enlightening story, “Buddha Circus” jumps right into fantasy:   I think Buddha is surprised. It’s hard to tell with him. I’ve only been following him around for a few days. And despite his enlightenment and extinguishing of self, it’s hard… Continue reading Author Spotlight: Derek Künsken