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Dale Phillips

The Great Snipe Hunt, fiction, March 10, 2010

Dale Phillips studied writing with Stephen King, has written three novels, and published short stories in Plot magazine, Space and TimeEthereal GazetteBig PulpCrime and SuspenseAtomjackAoife’s Kiss,House of HorrorSorcerous Signals, and Kasma. He has appeared on stage, television, and in an independent feature film, Throng. He has also appeared on two nationally televised quiz shows, Jeopardy and Think Twice. He co-wrote and acted in The Nine, a short political satire film, available at He has traveled to all 50 states, Mexica, Canada, and through Europe. He enjoys many sports, historical re-enactment, and his family.

Get to know Dale...

When did you start writing? I began very young, but took a long time for the writing to show any promise. I began writing in earnest in college, where I had Stephen King as a writing instructor.

Where and when did you first get published? First professional publication: Space and Time magazine, 30th Anniversary Issue, #87, Summer 1997.

Why do you write? As humans, stories are how we make sense of the world. Some people, like me, have voices in their head which keep telling stories. We then have to pass those stories on.

Why do you write Science Fiction and Fantasy? These fields have an intelligent readership which is already engaging in the willing suspension of disbelief, as long as certain conventions are followed. They allow tremendous, unlimited scope of ideas, plots, characters, situations, metaphor. A writer can explore other worlds than just this one.

Who is your favorite author? Your favorite story? So many favorite authors, but one of the best is Harlan Ellison. My favorite story is Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes. The power of that story, even today, is incredible, and the humanity and pathos are intense. How many stories can still make you weep, when you know exactly what’s going to happen?

What are you trying to say with your fiction? That the world is a strange place, and it’s up to each of us to give it meaning. The choices we make are important, not just to us, but to others.

Do you blog?

Oh, yes, at:

If you could write your own epitaph, what would it say? He lived, laughed, and loved to the fullest. May you be so blessed.

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