My Interview with KSJE Will Air on March 7 at 10:30 A.M.


Photo from about 2007.

In February, I recorded an interview on my works and writing with “Write On Four Corners“, a program with KSJE 90.9 FM, the Farmington (NM) National Public Radio station.  The interview will air on March 7, 2018, at 10:30 a.m.  The interview covered a wide range of topics concerning my writing and my writing plans for the future including upcoming work.  Be sure to tune in.  The program was hosted by Traci HalesVass, retired assistant professor of English and Creative Writing at San Juan College in Farmington.  The interview will be available on podcast after the broadcast.

To celebrate this, on the day of the broadcast, I am giving away e-copies of all my works available on Amazon Kindle.  These include A Tale of Hell and Other Works of Horror, Alien Embrace, The Scent and Other Stories, Click, Diabolical:  Three Tales of Jack Thurston and Revenge, and Nocturne: Poems of Love, Distance, and the Night, a callous and disinterested lover.  Follow this link to my Amazon Author’s page to find out more about each work.


A Quiet Tuesday Night

Phil Slattery, 2015

Tonight is uneventful.

I was notified yesterday via direct message on Twitter that Namri’d Publishing of Edgewood, NM, is awarding me an advertising package of “two reviews on Amazon, Goodreads and Barnes and Noble and sharing of your book on Facebook and Twitter at least weekly for one month” valued at $100.  I have not heard of them and don’t know how they got my name, but I won’t look a gift horse in the mouth.  They asked for a copy of one of my books and a cover photo, so tonight I sent them A Tale of Hell and Other Works of Horror.  We’ll see how this goes.  I tend to be leery of deals too good to be true, especially if they come out of the blue, but I do not see that I have anything to lose here either.  They are not asking for any money (at least at this point).  I looked up the company on the Internet, and it seems to be a straightforward, small publisher.  If things go as well as I hope, then this will be a good deal for us both and I will always be grateful to them for this opportunity.

Interestingly, I have passed through Edgewood many times.  For some time, my wife has lived and worked in Midland, TX, and when I go to see her, the most direct route from Aztec, NM, where I live, takes me through Edgewood.  Often, I stay the night at an America’s Best Value Inn in the town of Moriarty, which is just east of Edgewood.  Edgewood is about as typical small town America as they come, situated on the edge of the rolling plain just east of Albuquerque.  From what I have seen, it is a beautiful little community with a large nature park.

Other than that, I have collected some information together for my taxes and have been advertising my upcoming interview on KSJE (90.9 FM, March 7 at 10:30 a.m. Mountain Standard Time) on Goodreads and sending out a few invitations to listen to it.

I usually keep the TV on in the background, and these days it’s usually on YouTube, which I love for the wide variety of programming (admittedly, some is of dubious sources, but nonetheless entertaining), but you can also find great articles on topics you can’t find on regular TV, such as staging of classical plays like “Death of a Salesman”, “Long Day’s Journey Into Night”, “The Iceman Cometh”, or “Waiting for Godot”.  You can also find great biographies.  One of my favorite programs of all time was A&E’s Biography.   I can now watch its re-runs.  The biography of John Steinbeck is playing now.

So now I sit at my laptop, typing this article, having hot tea, watching Biography, and waiting for my wife to call.  After I finish this post, I will start my writing for the night.


“Lady Frankenstein and the Mummy’s Brain” from Drunk in a Graveyard

Scary Tales Publishing, who I’ve talked about in the past with their “Fractured Scary Tales” series, are back with a new release titles “Lady Frankenstein and the Mummy’s Brain.” Making its debut at the spring comics conventions at both Long Beach Convention Center in California and Kansas City’s Bartle Hall in Missouri, this new 20-page […]

via NEW! Horror Comic “Lady Frankenstein and the Mummy’s Brain” Coming Soon — DRUNK IN A GRAVEYARD

Watching Stephen King on YouTube

This evening I have been working on the second edition of Nocturne with YouTube playing in the background.  Currently, I am watching “Stephen King, His Books, and Their Origins at Lisner Auditorium (published on Nov. 22, 2014 by Politics and Prose).   I always love hearing about the origins of a writer’s works and King touches on several briefly followed by a reading from Revival.  The most interesting part I have seen so far is his comment that he thinks plots are for weak writers.  He follows his characters, so to speak, and doesn’t have an idea of where a book will end, so its ending is a surprise to him.  Quite an interesting video.  I recommend it.

Poem: “Come with Me, My Love”

Phil Slattery, 2015

This is a poem I wrote in the late 80’s to early 90’s, most likely some time between 1988 and 1991, when I was living in Alexandria, Virginia, dating around and frequenting the bars in Old Town Alexandria.  I don’t recall the circumstances under which I wrote this, just the feeling of these being the emotions of walking home around 2:00 a.m. after closing time.

This is the opening poem of my first volume of verse, Nocturne:  Poems of Love, Distance, and the Night, a callous and disinterested lover.   Nocturne will be free on Amazon Kindle on February 23.  I published it on Valentine’s Day of this year.

Going through my computer files tonight, I believe I have discovered some poems unintentionally left out.  Stand by for a second edition.  I hope you enjoy this poem.


Come with me, my love
and I will show you
nights of love
full of life and laughter
as empty as an empty
bottle rattling down a cobblestone
street blown by a chill

Come with me, my love
and I will show you
nights of love
full of lust and passion
as lonely as a lonely
man pacing off a deserted street
under the brisk October moon
its cold light muted
in the mists

As the fog embraces you
like a one-night stand in a town
of dying dreams where
hopes lie scattered on the barroom floor
with cigarette butts and the dust
of endless roads

Bring me to that ultimate pleasure
in your all-consuming eyes.
Let us become one
and share the horrors of this
as only
lovers can.