Author Spotlight: Samuel Marzioli

"On Saturday, July 12th, 2014, a mile-long face appeared in the sky. It was a man’s face, aged though unwrinkled, with a salt-and-pepper beard extending past an unseen neck....

Next in our Author Spotlight series (this month featuring contributors to A Darke Phantastique), we have Samuel Marzioli.

“Bittersweet Bedlam” is Marzioli’s take on what would happen if “God” suddenly appeared in the sky:

A Darke Phantastique“On Saturday, July 12th, 2014, a mile-long face appeared in the sky. It was a man’s face, aged though unwrinkled, with a salt-and-pepper beard extending past an unseen neck. It had a shock of shoulder-length silver hair and two thick eyebrows that puffed above probing brown eyes. 

Religious leaders around the world immediately began a massive media campaign. They sent emails and newsletters, made television and radio broadcasts, and held interviews all declaring the identity of the head was none other than God himself. This was it, they said. Judgment day…”

He writes about its genesis:

“This story started off as an image in my mind of a giant head appearing over a suburban neighborhood, its hair and beard disheveled and its mouth an exaggerated grimace. Obviously, it was a god, or something like a god, but I didn’t know what it wanted or why it had appeared. From the start I titled it ‘Head,’ and then, ‘A Head Appears,’ and finally, ‘Headmageddon.’ The latter proves that, on some level, I must have known its coming signaled an apocalypse. Just not the kind John of Patmos had in mind. Once I created a cast of characters, the basic outline of the story wrote itself, and the title demanded to be changed to something less ridiculous.”


Samuel MarzioliSamuel Marzioli was born and raised, and that’s all you need to know about that. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous publications, including PenumbraAres Magazine, The DarkFuse Anthology Series, and Stupefying Stories. You can find out more about his current projects and releases by going to He currently resides in Oregon with his family.


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Sunni K Brock writes speculative fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and edits digital video. She has been published in several anthologies and periodicals, and edited the Rondo award winning documentary, The Ackermonster Chronicles!. Her strong technical background includes working for Microsoft, Adobe, and Sonic Solutions with expertise in multimedia, intelligent learning algorithms, and exploration of virtual reality and lucid dreaming. She enjoys spending her days working alongside her husband, author/filmmaker Jason V Brock, tending to their pet reptiles, cooking extravagant vegetarian meals, and aggravating friends on Facebook.
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