Author Spotlight: S. J. Chambers

"Remedios awoke to the bruja’s smiling face. Arylola’s wrinkles and teeth were brown and porous like a paper towel soaked in coffee grounds. 'It was that inquisitive Spaniard, no? The...

Continuing with our spotlight series on contributors to A Darke Phantastique, we now take a look at S. J. Chambers, and the story, “Descartar”.

A Darke PhantastiqueRemedios awoke to the bruja’s smiling face. Arylola’s wrinkles and teeth were brown and porous like a paper towel soaked in coffee grounds.
‘It was that inquisitive Spaniard, no? The jellyfish man?'”

She says about the story:

There are four sources of inspiration for this story: 1) the La Llorona folktale that has always enthralled me; 2) the song “La Llorona,’ as sung by Lila Downs, that very much set the tone of my writing; 3) the painful but life-shaping experience of a friend who, as a teenager, had to make (and perhaps had made for her) a very tough decision that many of us have had to make; 4) a conversation killer I had with a pro-lifer that ended with me exclaiming, ‘Girls don’t have abortions for the fun of it, you know!'”


S. J. ChambersS. J. Chambers writes in Florida. Her fiction has appeared in anthologies such as Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities, Zombies: Shambling through the Ages, The New Gothic (with Jesse Bullington), and in the forthcoming books Steampunk World and Starry Wisdom Library. You can find her online at



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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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