Phil Strahl is the author of a number of short stories mainly situated in the gloomy field of weird fiction, with fragments of science fiction scattered towards the horizon. He publishes those few stories he deems worthy enough to share with prudent and open-minded readers and is grateful for each review or line of feedback.
Among his admired influences are the usual suspects, H. P. Lovecraft and E. A. Poe, but also the philosophic Soviet sci-fi parables by the Strugatsky Brothers.
Being a native Austrian he lives and writes in Salzburg where he enjoys to visit the preppy city and trips to the surrounding dark forests alike.
The old camera I bought one Sunday from the flea market was much more than I had hoped for. It came with a treasure, a record of disturbing events of the past that not even its former owner was aware of...
John wakes up in the woods one day. As he tries to make his way back to the civilization, he is faced with his deep-rooted fear of the woods since he can remember…
Contains strong language and scenes that might be considered disturbing.
The Gray King had been sleeping a deep, long and dreamless slumber. A long time had passed since he had roamed the earth and a lot had changed since the last time he had opened his eyes.
This is a short story set in a mystic fantasy world. Or is it?
Incident In A Tomb
on July 20, 2013
Readers familiar with the works and life of H.P. Lovecraft will definitely find something worthwhile in this short story. It not only has a related plot-structure, further there are occasional winks at the grandmaster of weird fiction in details and descriptions. An entertaining read!