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Black Static


What Will Happen Next

8th Feb, 2012

Author: Peter Tennant

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Black Static #27 is currently at the printers and, if we're lucky, will be mailing out to subscribers just in time for you all to pretend to the postman that you've been sent a really special Valentine Card.

Or not, as the case may be.

Anyway, it's time for me to reveal what the Case Notes section of the magazine will contain, and leading off is:-

Up On Saddleworth Moor: Alison Littlewood

Alison Littlewood is our featured author this issue, with an in-depth review of her debut novel A Cold Season, and an interview, while thanks to the generosity of Jo Fletcher Books we have an easy to enter competition with the chance for five readers to win a copy of the book. Ali and I worked together on the old Whispers of Wickedness magazine and website, and have remained fast friends ever since, so I didn't feel it would be fair on either of us if I reviewed the book, handing that task over to the excellent Stephen Theaker of Theaker's Quarterly Fiction, but I did come up with the questions for the interview and tried to make them as hard and nasty as I would for anyone else.

Eat or Be Eaten

Another feature on that ever reliable blue collar monster the zombie, with reviews of Dead Island by Mark Morris, Ashes by Isla J. Bick and Eat Your Heart Out by Dayna Ingram.

Old Friends

The non-festive equivalent of last issue's 'Auld Acquaintances', in which I review work by writers who have had fiction published in Black Static. I've always felt that I should review the work of contributors, on the grounds that if they've liked their work in the magazine our readers will want to know about other stuff that's out there, and have tried to prioritise titles by past contributors when they come my way, though that hasn't always worked out. We'll play it by ear, but for 2012 I'm hoping to make 'Old Friends' a semi-regular feature, and for our first time out there are reviews of Nina Allan's collection The Silver Wind, and three novels, A Rope of Thorns by Gemma Files, Cull by Michael G. Preston and Fearful Festivities by Gary Fry.

Cate Gardner: Three Things

Reviews of three recent releases from Cate Gardner, one of the most distinctive new voices in horror fiction. The works in question are the chapbook Nowhere Hall and the novellas Barbed Wire Hearts and Theatre of Curious Acts.

Cream Rises

A somewhat belated review of The Best Horror of the Year Volume Three, edited by Ellen Datlow.

And that's your lot, except...

As ever, people are welcome to query me regarding the possibility of a review by writing to with the usual caveat that an expression of interest does not guarantee if or when a review will be done.




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