The Phantom Cabinet

The Phantom Cabinet - Jeremy Thompson

Everyone has their own viewpoint of what constitutes a "good" horror story. For me personally, I want a story that keeps me on the edge of my seat, makes me slightly nervous and unable to sleep, and DOESN'T gross me out with overly gory details. 

As I began reading The Phantom Cabinet, I had no idea what conclusion the book was leading me to. I chose to read it at night and was definitely second guessing every bump in the dark. But when I stopped reading for the night, I was frustrated. I struggle through stories where the main character is continuously pummeled by misfortune. (Yes, I said pummeled) 

But I was still enjoying the plot, so I continued to read the following morning. Without giving away any more of the plot, my whole perspective of this book shifted through the second half of the plot. 

While the entire book is well written with fantastic language, dialogue, descriptions, etc, it's the second half of the book where the plot fully matures (more than simply concluding). 

If you're looking for a unique horror book, pick up this one. It's on an entirely different level than any I've read before. 


Some Bio Information

A San Diego State graduate, Jeremy Thompson resides in Southern California, where he writes horror, SF, thrillers, and bizarro fiction. Jeremy's books include The Phantom Cabinet and The Fetus and Other Stories. His short fiction has appeared in Under the Bed and Into the Darkness: Volume One.


Q&A

1. Can you tell us a little bit about your writing process?

Generally, I drink two or three cups of coffee while visiting my favorite websites. Once I get a decent caffeine buzz going, I start writing. I tend to work on multiple projects at once, which most days entails both writing and editing. I enjoy writing to music, but often edit in silence.  

2. What inspired you to write this book?

I wanted to write a ghost novel wherein heaven and hell don’t exist. Too many ghost stories end with a spirit ascending to heaven or being condemned to hell. In contrast, I devised a singular afterlife where everyone ends up regardless of their earthly deeds. I also wanted to learn more about space shuttles and satellites, which researching The Phantom Cabinet allowed me to do.  

3. What well known author would you compare yourself to?

Off the top of my head, I’d compare myself to Warren Ellis. Like him, I am interested in science and have a somewhat cynical view of humanity, which is reflected in much of my work. 

4. Describe the perfect writing environment. 

The perfect writing environment is one without distractions. I prefer to be alone, seated in a comfortable chair, with music playing low in the background. A good Internet connection is crucial.

5. How would you describe your writing style?

I would describe my writing style as classical with modern sensibilities. Aside from some dialogue, I try to keep my prose ornate, so as to imbue each story with a timeless quality.  

6. What would you like your readers to take away from your book?

Hopefully, readers will finish my book with the notion that its afterlife is somewhat plausible. And if they enjoyed The Phantom Cabinet enough to read more of my writing, all the better. 

7. What’s your ultimate writing goal? 

Ultimately, I’d like to have a good-sized bibliography that generates enough income for me to live comfortably. I would also like to branch out into screenwriting and comic book scripting at some point.