The Farmington Writers Circle Meets Again on March 9.

zola_leandreThe Farmington Writers Circle meets again on Thursday, March 9, in the Entertainmart (formerly Hardback) Café at 7:00 pm.  The topic of the night will  be how to grow a twitter presence using hashtags and by following other twitter users.

Everyone is invited.  There is no charge and no membership requirements.

Preceding the meeting, starting at 6:30 pm, one of our members will be reading from his/her works.  The reader and his/her works will be announced once finalized.

The Farmington Writers Circle is a group of local writers who are interested in exploring and developing new means of marketing and publicizing their works.

For more information, contact Phil Slattery at phil@philslattery.com or via @philslattery201 or via this website.

Slattery’s Horror Weblog is Now Phil Slattery’s Blog

Writing  at Hasting's Hardback Café in Farmington, NM, late evening of October 16, 2015 (self-portrait)

Writing at Hasting’s Hardback Café in Farmington, NM, late evening of October 16, 2015 (self-portrait)

Originally, I started this site as a purely horror weblog, because that was my passion of the moment.  However, long before I became interested in writing horror, I studied German, Russian, and English literature and occasionally some American literature of several genres. Now I am returning to my literary roots and my generally wide-ranging interests and this blog will begin to reflect that.  I will still post mostly horror-related material for the foreseeable future, but I will also start to expand into wider realms of literature with postings on classic and modern literature, occasional scifi-related articles, and whatever else “piques my interest”.

As you have no doubt noticed, I sometimes stray from horror with articles on the art of writing or lessons from non-horror masters, because to me, horror is just as much literature as any other genre.  It is all the art of the written word.  Indeed, there are many lessons that the classics of mainstream literature can teach writers of horror.

I find it annoying, to say the least, that horror is usually considered second- or even third-rate compared to mainstream literature, when excellent horror can offer as much in plot, character development, and other aspects as any other literary work.  Who can say that the works of Poe do not deserve to be in the canon of great American literature when they are included in university textbooks?  As influential as Lovecraft has been on the horror of late twentieth and early twenty-first century culture, who can say that he will not eventually be taught as widely as Poe?  Stephen King, one of the nation’s most prolific authors, certainly deserves much more respect than his works generally receive.

But I digress.

I will continue to post articles on the art of horror, as much of my interest still lies therein.  You will start to see more articles on classic literature and writing and other genres as well.  You will also start to see that I will post and re-post less non-fiction articles on the art of writing and movies in favor of actual short stories and flash fiction drawing on whatever sources I can.  I will probably post more criticism, as I have begun learning how valuable good constructive criticism is planning one’s own works and developing one’s own style and techniques.

I hope you will continue to follow along with my journey into the world of literature and that you enjoy it as least as much as I.

Literary Open Mic Starts Tonight at the Hardback Café, Sponsored by the Farmington Writers Circle

The Farmington Writers Circle is starting a new feature in sponsoring a literary open mic night at the Entertainmart

Official Author's Photo from March, 2015

Official Author’s Photo
from March, 2015

(formerly Hasting’s) Hardback Café.  The first performance will be tonight, Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. followed by a meeting of the Farmington Writer’s Circle.  We hope to have a half-hour performance at 6:30 p.m. preceding each Writers Circle meeting on the second Thursday of each month (February is an exception and we will be meeting on the third Thursday).

On February 16, I will be reading selections from my short story collection, The Scent and Other Stories: The Dark Side of Love, followed by a short open discussion and a questions and answers session.  Follow this link to learn more about The Scent…

In the future, we hope to have other members of the Writers Circle read from their works.

However, you do not have to be a member (not at this point, but maybe later) to read from your works.  Simply notify me through this website and I will schedule you for a slot.  However, members will have the first choice of slots.

All I ask is that, because there are families and children in Entertainmart, that you choose something that does not contain obscenity, explicit erotica, graphic violence, or anything generally considered in bad taste.  Please keep your readings to the G or PG level.  If you must read a passage containing vulgarities, please bleep them out, whistle, or do something entertaining other than saying them out loud (miming them or acting them out is not allowed either).

Also, please don’t read from someone else’s works.  We want to hear your voice, the voice of Farmington.  Hemingway and Shakespeare are great, but everyone knows them, even if they haven’t read them.

Be aware, the Writers Circle will not be the only ones attending your reading.  The Hardback Café is open to the public and the public will be moving in and out and having their coffee.

For more information, contact me via this website.

The Farmington Writers Circle Meets Tonight, February 16.

image001The Farmington Writers Circle meets again on Thursday, February 16, in the Entertainmart (formerly Hardback) Café at 7:00 pm.  I will be leading the discussion on the second part of what I have learned from publishing on Kindle and using their marketing tools.  Other topics, such as developing a literary open mic night, and developing a website for the Writers Circle will also be discussed. Everyone is invited.  There is no charge and no membership requirements.

Preceding the meeting, starting at 6:30 pm, I will be reading selections from my short story collection The Scent and Other Stories: The Dark Side of Love.

The Farmington Writers Circle is a group of local writers who are interested in exploring and developing new means of marketing and publicizing their works.

For more information, contact Phil Slattery at phil@philslattery.com or via @philslattery201 or via this website.

Introducing Literary Open Mic Nights at the Hardback Café, Sponsored by the Farmington Writers Circle

The Farmington Writers Circle is starting a new feature in sponsoring a literary open mic night at the Entertainmart

Official Author's Photo from March, 2015

Official Author’s Photo
from March, 2015

(formerly Hasting’s) Hardback Café.  The first performance will be Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. followed by a meeting of the Farmington Writer’s Circle.  We hope to have a half-hour performance at 6:30 p.m. preceding each Writers Circle meeting on the second Thursday of each month (February is an exception and we will be meeting on the third Thursday).

On February 16, I will be reading selections from my short story collection, The Scent and Other Stories: The Dark Side of Love, followed by a short open discussion and a questions and answers session.  Follow this link to learn more about The Scent…

In the future, we hope to have other members of the Writers Circle read from their works.

However, you do not have to be a member (not at this point, but maybe later) to read from your works.  Simply notify me through this website and I will schedule you for a slot.  However, members will have the first choice of slots.

All I ask is that, because there are families and children in Entertainmart, that you choose something that does not contain obscenity, explicit erotica, graphic violence, or anything generally considered in bad taste.  Please keep your readings to the G or PG level.  If you must read a passage containing vulgarities, please bleep them out, whistle, or do something entertaining other than saying them out loud (miming them or acting them out is not allowed either).

Also, please don’t read from someone else’s works.  We want to hear your voice, the voice of Farmington.  Hemingway and Shakespeare are great, but everyone knows them, even if they haven’t read them.

Be aware, the Writers Circle will not be the only ones attending your reading.  The Hardback Café is open to the public and the public will be moving in and out and having their coffee.

For more information, contact me via this website.