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Story Time with Jesse!

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 Please check out this channel on YouTube, where the incomparable Jesse D'Angelo talks writing and horror with watchers and listeners!  Jesse is responsible for two stories in the anthology! STORY TIME WITH JESSE (Episode 10 link)

UNCOMFORTABLY DARK Feature!

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  Scroll down in the Rusty Chair archive to read our feature on Candace Nola's terrific site, Uncomfortably Dark !  The feature includes a short mini-review and interviews with the authors and the publisher (me!).   Enjoy!

Rob Harman is Back!

 (Rob Harman gives us a look into his second story in the anthology, titled "Fame Immortal") 'Dad, what does the Devil look like?' I'd asked at a tender age. 'He's dirty, shabby and angry,' he'd replied without hesitation,  'think of him as a mad tramp.'  This had been deeply disappointing since I'd recently had my first taste of Hammer horrors and their TransAtlantic cinematic rivals, where I'd imagined him to be a suave, witty, urbane gentleman like Christopher Lee or Vincent Price. Naturally my Father's perception of Satan had been formed by his own  upbringing in London's East End, a place reduced to rubble by the Luftwaffe and still struggling under rationing. Later, I too was to reimagine a more realistic vision of "Old Nick". And so onward with my story where we revisit the myth of Faust and the infernal deal he seals. Should it intimidate me to  follow in the cloven footsteps of Literary giants such as Chri

Rob Harman on "4 Brothers, 3 Sisters"

A series of strange coincidences (or synchronicity, to some) served as inspiration for my story "4 Brothers, 3 Sisters". Following the bereavement of my Mother (and confident the remainder of my family were coping well enough) I embarked on a long-held ambition to travel to the Far East.   In one such place (Capiz in the Philippines, where I was later learn to be a magnet for Witchcaft and Shamanism: to be continued!), I became familiar with public transport vehicles known as Jeepneys. These vehicles were often customised with chrome fittings, curious trinkets, garish paintwork and personal slogans placed across the top of the windshields.  One in particular caught my eye - subsequently becoming the title of my tale- since it was the exact amount of siblings until only recently within my mother's family. Perhaps even more uncanny still was how shortly afterwards this number was to decrease in rapid succession.  Merely a series of strange coincidences? Judge for yourselves

Scott Dyson on linear/non-linear storytelling

So I'm going to start out by admitting that I don't know what I'm talking about.  I'm using the terms "linear" and "non-linear" in a specific way, to describe certain observations I make about stories I've read.  I'm also using them to talk about my own writing, my successes and failures as a writer, and what I try to do to make it better. "America's Pastime," my entry into the Gates of Chaos anthology, was very much a linear tale when it was written.  I wrote it in the 1990's for a contest that was called "The Publican Brief."  (The contest name was a mashup of a popular John Grisham novel and the name of the Delphi forum that I helped to run.)  We were given six words and an opening sentence for this particular contest.  Some of the contests only gave the six words.  Some gave opening sentences.  Some gave a topic.  I recall that this one was both because I remember the opening sentence:  "All things are fou

N.M. Brown and Helena

With 2020 being what I love to call, ‘the year of the toilet’, life took an unprecedented turn for most of us. Tensions also ran higher than ever due to social and political issues, while all of us were quarantined to the safety of our homes with not much else to do than stew on it. That, and bicker with strangers and acquaintances on the internet.  The latter of these two is what caused the first sparks of creative genius that led to this anthology’s birth. As more and more groups lost focus and descended into utter chaos, we decided to do something not many others were doing at the moment and band together to create something positive. Everyone involved was very pleasant to work with and the project as a whole went smoothly and without a hitch. Considering the hell the rest of the World was stuck in, I see the collaborative process we’ve achieved in and of itself as a success.  I was one of the newest of the group and was beyond thrilled that I was offered the opportunity to work wit

James Miles on the difference between his stories

  I first became involved in what later named The Gates of Chaos when Will Jacques first proposed the idea to group.   I recall my reasoning to join the project was to work with writers whose work I had read and enjoyed. I knew from the get-go it was a great opportunity to present my work and hopefully have readers enjoy my tales of macabre. ~ My approach to writing is three-four hours a day. The first story (“Lockdown and Macabre”) was one for which I could clearly see the beginning and the ending. As it is a massive homage to the Tell-Tale Heart and splatterpunk, I read two to three poems by Poe and Richard Laymon before each writing session. I am pantser, as I enjoy letting the story take me by surprise, and this quality was a huge benefit to the story. “Samhain” was a more plot driven story, so I was writing for two hours in the morning and four hours at night. There was a lot of research involved plus the editing process was longer. Scott Beallis (Scott Dyson) was instrument