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Looking Forward

3rd Jan, 2013

Author: Peter Tennant

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Black Static #32 has now been patted on the head and pushed out the door to the printers, and I expect Andy will be along shortly to reveal all that the issue has in store. In the meantime I'm here as the warm up act with details of what's contained in the Case Notes section of the magazine.

Anxiety and Spontaneous Exhilaration: Steve Rasnic Tem

A ten page feature on the American writer who is one of the elite few to have contributed work to all three TTA titles, with reviews of his novel Deadfall Hotel, the collections Ugly Behavior and Onion Songs, plus a substantial interview.  There's also a free to enter competition to win a copy of Deadfall Hotel, but more on that later.

Titan Books

Reviews of Dark Shadows: The Visual Companion by Mark Salisbury, Resident Evil Volume 1: The Umbrella Conspiracy by S. D. Perry, Sherlock Holmes: The Army of Dr Moreau by Guy Adams and Romeo Spikes by Joanne Reay.


Reviews of The Faceless by Simon Bestwick, Silent Voices by Gary McMahon and Magic edited by Jonathan Oliver. There is also, courtesy of Solaris, a free to enter competition in which five readers can win copies of these three titles plus Deadfall Hotel.

Gray Friar Press

Reviews of Enemies at the Door by Paul Finch, Terror Tales of East Anglia edited by Paul Finch, Peel Back the Sky by Stephen Bacon and From Hell to Eternity by Thana Niveau. I'll be posting some supplementary Gray Friar material to this blog later in the month, including an interview with publisher Gary Fry.


Reviews of Thin Men with Yellow Faces by Gary McMahon and Simon Bestwick, Small Animals by Alison Moore, Puck by David Rose, What Gets Left Behind by Mark West and The Way of the Leaves by David Tallerman.


Reviews of 28 Teeth of Rage and The Day and The Hour, both by Ennis Drake, No Turning Back by Andy Deane, When We Join Jesus in Hell by Lee Thompson, The Fleshless Man by Norman Prentiss and Motherless Child by Glen Hirshberg.

That's a total of twenty five books reviewed, four of them written or edited by women (16%). As usual, I'll be monitoring that figure throughout the year, to make sure the number of titles by women I review remains in line with the number received.

Looking ahead to #33 (March), thanks to the "You Choose" competition I already know ten of the titles I'll be reviewing in that issue (click the link below to see for yourself), and I can now reveal that I'll also be taking a look at Knock Knock and Delphine Dodd, both by American writer S. P. Miskowski, who will be doing an interview with us just as soon as I can come up with some excruciatingly hard questions for her. There'll probably be a few more reviews as well, unless Andy starts accepting longer stories.



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