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

REVIEW: The Dream Beings by Aaron J. French

The Dream Beings, the latest novella from Aaron J. French, opens with action. We are immediately drawn into a ritual style murder, but we quickly learn this is no “typical” crime. Bizarre clues are left at crimes scenes. There are horrific injuries to the victims, and a sinister, secret world emerges from behind the worlds.… Continue reading REVIEW: The Dream Beings by Aaron J. French

ARTICLE: “Past and Future: Esoteric and Exoteric Philosophy in Weird Fiction”

As with everything else, the philosophy behind dark, weird, and horrific fiction has evolved over time. This philosophical evolution of horror fiction arguably began in earnest with Edgar Allan Poe—though Poe also nurtured a sense of romantic love, which conquers, as well as defeats, his harshest poetry, e.g. “Alone.” Bleaker still, and more callous in… Continue reading ARTICLE: “Past and Future: Esoteric and Exoteric Philosophy in Weird Fiction”

The Brain Beneath the Pins — An Interview with Actor Doug Bradley

When I sat down to interview veteran actor Doug Bradley (Hellraiser) at a horror convention in Louisville, Kentucky, I expected we’d only talk for fifteen minutes. We ended up chatting for nearly an hour. You see, Bradley has a lot to talk about (at least, if you ask him the right questions). Hell, I didn’t… Continue reading The Brain Beneath the Pins — An Interview with Actor Doug Bradley

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: 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: 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


“My temper leads me to peace and harmony with all men; and it is peculiarly my wish to avoid any personal feuds or dissensions with those, who are embarked in the same great national interest with myself, as every difference of this kind in its consequence must be very injurious.”     —George Washington   “We… Continue reading SAM GAFFORD’S NAMELESS WORDS