Phil Slattery currently works for the federal government, but his passion is for literature and writing, for which he has always had a knack. He has always loved to read , even reading the stories of Edgar Allan Poe at a young age as well as stories from Greek mythology. His knack for language and linguistics first showed in high school when he studied Latin and German, receiving high grades in each. Language became a major part of his life when he attended Eastern Kentucky University and obtained a B.A. with a double major in German and Russian. While at university, he also studied Spanish, French, Latin, and Greek, though without obtaining a degree in any of those. As part of his studies, he spent several courses and many hours in studying German and Russian literature in addition to studying the languages. He went on to start a graduate program in German at the University of Kentucky, but joined the Navy as an Intelligence officer before completion.
While in the Navy, his passion for literature gradually intensified. He read a lot of American and English literature (especially the classic American authors such as Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Poe, Melville, etc.) and contemporary American poetry (such as Merwin, W.C. Williams, the Beat poets, John Berryman, Theodore Roethke, James Merrill, etc.), and began writing poetry. Several of his poems were published by small magazines. Some can still be found on the Internet.
After leaving the Navy in 1996, his love for poetry morphed into a passion for prose and he began reading more American and English novels and short stories, occasionally branching out into the literature of other nations. Around that time, he also developed an interest in horror and in writing short horror stories. He also began to work on several ideas he had for novels in the horror and science fiction genres.
After several starts (and delays caused by life in general), Phil is finally about to complete his first novel, Shadows and Stars, a science-fiction/horror story about an American astrophysicist who teleports to another planet and become caught up as pawn between the government and rebels in a revolution. Phil hopes to complete this book by Fall, 2020. After that he has two more novels in the works to complete.
Phil has published many short stories, some of which can be found on the Internet, but the best of which he has put in collections, along with two short novelettes, which are available for purchase at amazon.com/author/philslattery. These span the genres.
Click is an action/adventure tale about a police officer on a secluded island, who is recovering from the guilt of shooting an unarmed man when he discovers two assassins have snuck onto the island to kill him.
A Tale of Hell and Other Works of Horror is a collection of the best horror stories Phil has written over the years.
Alien Embrace is a short novelette about an astronaut who travels to another planet only to be captured by an alien monster that distorts the astronaut’s perception of reality for its own cruel purpose. This work is included in A Tale of Hell and Other Works of Horror.
Diabolical: Three Tales of Vengeance and the Sorcerer Jack Thurston is a collection of three short stories about the modern-day sorcerer and intellectual, Jack Thurston, who seeks revenge against two people who have wronged him and in alliance with someone who has been wronged. These stories are included in A Tale of Hell and Other Works of Horror.
The Scent and Other Stories is a collection of non-horror stories Phil has written over the years that examine the dark side of love.
Nocturne: Poems of Love, Distance, and the Night, a callous and disinterested lover is a collection of poetry that Phil wrote in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s organized into a narrative about a man who yearns for true love and seeks true love, but it is always just beyond his grasp.
In late 2015, Phil founded the Farmington (New Mexico) Writers’ Circle, which focuses on the publicity and marketing of writers works, rather than on the art of writing.
Phil can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, YouTube, and LinkedIn, but this is his primary website/blog.
To find out more and Phil Slattery and his views on writing and literature, follow this link to Phil’s interview on Nocturne for Bookscharming.com.