About Phantom Features

Dare to explore the darkest depths of your mind, where a quaint, peculiar theater of imagination resides, waiting for you to take your seat. Here, we showcase Phantom Features; full-length horror stories that are sure to make you think twice before dipping back into reality. If the classic feature-length flicks are too much for you to handle, we offer scary shorts that are sure to provide you with just as much of a chill. Delve deep into the world of paranormal entities, alternate realities, gruesome curses, psychotic killers, and all other things that are bound to make your skin crawl.

Author Bio: R.e. Dressler

I've enjoyed writing and illustrating scary stories since the third grade. Growing up as a loner, it was a way for me to escape and explore the unknown. As I grew older, my fascination with paranormal phenomena, psychological breaks, folklore, the occult, and abstract theories only intensified. Though I went on to pursue the safe path, earning an M.S. in Sports Management and B.S. in Biological Sciences, I never lost my passion for the arts and all things spooky. 

I always held onto a sliver of hope that I'd one day put my Media Studies minor to good use. Though my original far-fetched dream of pursuing a career in film didn't come true (not yet anyway), my love for writing and illustrating finally resurfaced during my time working at a dead end corporate job. There, I funneled my pent up resentment for the job's duties into something useful. No, it wasn't directed at the customers (although some of them were testing me), but rather, the energy was passionately poured into each and every one of my drawings. 

I liked to make people think, delve deep into their psyche. Each illustration had a different story to tell. That's when I put two and two together: each drawing had a story to tell. 

 

It was the spark of an idea: Phantom Features. I rediscovered my passion for creative writing rather quickly and started submitting short stories onto blog sites. Eventually, I decided to blow the dust off the CD that I'd saved my high school-written, Vengeance on Trespassers novel and get to work on reviving it. 

The journey of rewriting, editing, and proofreading it several times wasn't an easy one, but it was an accomplishment. When I was in the third grade, I imagined myself as an author. Not a best-selling one, by any means, but one that could tell stories that would make people think. One whose story would make a difference. Whose stories would not only entertain, but send a shudder down their spines. 

Vengeance on Trespassers is the first of several in the Phantom Features collection. My stories are neither for children, nor for adults. I challenge the traditional genre-defining categories and chose to boldly write about shocking topics while accompanying them with quirky illustrations. Be bold and don't succumb to the norms. You're art or messages don't have to be perfect, but they must be unique. That, my ghouls and goblins, is what Phantom Features is all about.

What are the Features Exactly?

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The Classics

The classics are full-length novels and are recommended for readers 14 and up. They are complete with about 20 unique, graphite-style drawings.

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The Shorts

These are collections of short stories. Some may be flash fiction in length, others may be novellas. Occasionally, a novella may be available for purchase as a stand alone. Each story is complete with its own unique, graphite-style illustration. These stories are suggested for ages 14 and up.

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The Minis

These stories are meant for younger readers, from elementary school to middle school. Since these books can vary, the target age range will be indicated in the book's description. Also complete with unique graphite-style illustrations.