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Black Static


The Magazine Now Arriving on Platform 666

29th Jun, 2012

Author: Peter Tennant

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For those who didn't get Andy's memo, Black Static has altered its schedule so that it can now be mailed out with Interzone in July.

The next issue is #29 and should be off to the printer soon, if it hasn't gone already, and so it's time to reveal the contents of the Case Notes section:-

Making a Fuss about Stories: Nicholas Royle

A look at the recent work of writer, editor, publisher and agent Nicholas Royle, with reviews of his latest novel Regicide and Murmurations: An anthology of uncanny stories about birds. And we also have an interview with the writer, during some parts of which he wears all his other hats as well.

Magazine Spotlight

This time around for our brand new feature, I take a look at the third issue of Canadian journal Shadows & Tall Trees, edited by Michael Kelly.

Devil's Advocates

Published by Auteur, Devil's Advocates is the umbrella title of a line of book length studies of horror films, and I review their first two releases, Let the Right One In by Anne Billson and Witchfinder General by Ian Cooper.


I review Into the Penny Arcade and Marionettes, both by Claire Massey, Rough Music by Simon Kurt Unsworth, The Eyes of Water by Alison Littlewood and Joe & Me by David Moody.

Novellas: The Talent in the Room

And, to close, a bumper selection of novellas, with reviews of The Respectable Face of Tyranny by Gary Fry, Hunter's Moon by Charlotte Bond, Bad Blood by Chuck Wendig, Lords of Twilight by Greg F. Gifune, Thirty Miles South of Dry County by Kealan Patrick Burke, Reign of Blood by Sandy DeLuca, Down Here in the Dark by Lee Thompson, Rusting Chickens by Gene O'Neill, Blindspot by Michael McBride, The Engines of Sacrifice by James Chambers and The Architect by Brendan Connell.

Ignoring Shadows & Tall Trees, that's twenty titles reviewed this issue and six of them by women. My figures for the year so far rise to 44 books reviewed and 19 of them edited or written by women (43%, compared to the current figure of 28% for books received).

I continue to receive more books than I can possibly review, but for the next couple of issues I'm going to drop the author interview feature with the aim of making space to clear a bit more of the backlog.

The September issue, #30 completing our fifth year of publication, will be a short story special, with emphasis on anthologies and collections, and #31 will be an all novel issue as, looking back over the year so far, I seem to be neglecting longer work, so hopefully this will go some way to redressing that imbalance.

People can always query me about the possibility of a review via, with the usual caveat that an expression of interest does not guarantee if or when a review will be done.



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