What Is, and What Will Be
Black Static #24 should be mailing out to subscribers later this week, and so here are the contents of the Case Notes section:-
Reviews of Midnight's Angels, the latest Raine's Landing novel, and short story collection Our Lady of the Shadows.
Reviews of the novel Bloody War and the novella The Places Between.
Reviews of Cursed: A Werewolf's Tale and 13 Bullets: A Vampire Tale.
Llewellyn & Moore
Reviews of short story collections by two American writers, Livia Llewellyn's Engines of Desire: Tales of Love & Other Horrors and Ralph Robert Moore's I Smell Blood, which also includes the novel Kid.
Reviews of Blonde on a Stick and Loss of Separation.
Strantzas & Gavin
Reviews of short story collections by two Canadian writers, Beneath the Surface by Simon Strantzas and Charnel Wine by Richard Gavin.
Diversification: Kaaron Warren
And our featured author this issue is Australian writer Kaaron Warren, with in-depth reviews of her novel Mistification and short story collection Dead Sea Fruit, plus an interview, and Andy has organised a competition for three lucky readers to win a copy of Kaaron's novel, with thanks to publisher Angry Robot for stumping up the prizes. It's all good stuff.
That's seventeen pages of book reviews, with fourteen titles reviewed in all, three of them by women, taking our tally for the year so far to 20½ books by women out of a total of 62 reviewed. That compares with a total of 96 received, of which 16 have been written or edited by women.
Four books that were ready to be reviewed got held back, as we ran out of space, but two of those were the novel Nemonymous Night and the novella Weirdtongue, both by D. F. Lewis, and as I just finished reading the Lewis edited Horror Anthology of Horror Anthologies the choice of a feature author for #25 in October became something of a no-brainer. So, for our pre-Halloween issue, there'll be reviews of those three titles and an interview with Des.
Also planned for #25, a 'Horror Down the Years' feature, with various works set in the Roman, Viking, Medieval eras etc, and I'm reading titles for that at the moment, punctuated by thrillers to take to the beach (well, it is summer).
As ever, people are welcome to query me regarding the possibility of a review by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org with the usual caveat that an expression of interest does not guarantee if or when a review will be done.
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