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Dark Fiction & Film BLACK STATIC ISSUE 59 OUT NOW!

BLACK STATIC 33

13th Mar, 2013

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Cover:

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The front and (connected) back cover art is by Richard Wagner.

 

Contents:

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Stories:

Stray Dogs by James Cooper
illustrated by Vincent Sammy

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Let me tell you a secret, something I’ve never told another living soul, something I need you to know. I steal families. I creep into their homes and watch the mummies and daddies asleep. I smile at the children in their beds, imagining their safe dreams, listening to them breathe in the dark. Then I take them. I walk around the house and feverishly rip the photos from their frames. I steal their happiness. I can see it in their eyes, the painlessness of their perfect life. That’s what I think I want; what I tell myself I truly deserve: a happy family. That hideous middle-class cliché of love.

 

Dust Storms by Tim Casson
illustrated by Tara Bush

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American bombs had torn up the ground. Grit and dust, compacted and undisturbed for millennia, sucked to the surface then scattered by the harsh winds.

 

Rain From a Clear Blue Sky by Andrew Hook
illustrated by David Gentry
 

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I arrived at the pub in the company of sebastian. His straw-blond hair flicked from side to side as he looked left and right for his friends. Myself, Sebastian, Sergei and Paula had not long returned from a week long hike in the Hindu Kush mountain range; that bordering Pakistan rather than the Afghanistan side. The trip had been beset with dangers – both logistically and from the locals. Our problems only started with the mountains themselves. Despite Paula’s carefully chosen clothes and deliberately close-cut haircut she still experienced difficulties with the male population. I found I had to keep close to her side to ensure her safety. For all of us, Paula was more of a challenge than the trek, but everything paid off and so here we were, back in London once again, on a Saturday afternoon at the Cittie of Yorke pub in High Holborn.

 

Signs of the Times by Carole Johnstone
illustrated by Richard Wagner
 

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When I was fifteen, the dog-heads came back. I had no idea they’d even been gone. My best friend was one of them. He’s the only friend I’ve ever had. His name was Vinnie.

 

Sometimes Everything Gets So Strange It Starts To Make Sense by Gary McMahon
illustrated by Joachim Luetke

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When Ben was young he would sometimes stay out late at night, hiding somewhere in the neighbourhood and listening to the sound of his mother calling out to him. His father would gather together a few men from the street and they’d go looking for Ben, thinking that he’d been abducted or run away. Then, just before they called in the police, Ben would come out of his hiding place and walk home. His mother would hug him; his father would take off his belt and take Ben upstairs.

 

Turn the Page by Michael Kelly

It’s coming for her, she hears it, far off but drawing nearer, the flutter and flap of ancient wings. Angel, demon, or something else – she doesn’t yet know. Its story, like many, is yet to be told. If only she had the time. 

 

Comment:

Coffinmaker's Blues by Stephen Volk

Nowadays, for me, it’s not enough to pitch and sell the familiar commercial genre fare I might have happily (and lucratively) done in the past. It feels like pressing my shoe into footprints I’ve already made. Even in a triple-dip recession, it’s time to dig deeper. To break out of the well-worn groove. To focus on the stories that matter. And part of that is scrolling back to the films that had a long lasting influence, trying to understand why that was so, doing work that acknowledges one’s debt to the great works and figures of the past. I wonder whether that journey, for writers in middle-age, is a need to find and examine what made us who we are.

 

Interference by Christopher Fowler

To me, Black Static sometimes feels like a magazine from a bygone age, a reminder that I can still get excited when I hear the mailbox flap clatter. I get the sense that our editor hand-prints every issue in his musty arcana-filled bedroom. The beauty of writing for someone like this is that he’s hands-free. Interference is, in fact, the one thing I never get. Flying in the face of a conventional wisdom that suggests we should write what readers want to read, we cheery staffers fly about wherever our minds take us. This, surely, is the true definition of creative freedom, and a very rare and precious thing in 2013. 

 

Reviews:

Case Notes: Book Reviews by Peter Tennant

S.P. MISKOWSKI: Knock Knock, Delphine Dodd, author interview; MISCELLANEOUS: Zombies at Tiffany’s by Sam Sone, Coldbrook by Tim Lebbon, The Late Great Creature by Brock Brower, Ghoul Warning & Other Omens by Brian Lumley, The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine by John Llewellyn Probert, Trinity by Kristin Dearborn, The Hoard by Alan Ryker; ANTHOLOGIES: The Best Horror of the Year Volume Four edited by Ellen Datlow, A Feast of Frights From The Horror Zine edited by Jeani Rector, A Season in Carcosa edited ny Joe Pulver, Black Wings II edited by S.T. Joshi

 

Silver Bullets: TV Reviews by Mike O'Driscoll

American Horror Story: Asylum

 

Blood Spectrum: DVD/Blu-ray Reviews by Tony Lee

Fear Itself, Holy Motors, Resident Evil: Retribution, Chained, Antiviral, Sinister, Lost Girl, Rust and Bone, Room 237, The Tall Man, Silent Hill: Revelation, Dracula, Black Sunday, Lisa and the Devil, From Beyond, Grabbers, Piranhaconda, Comedown, 247°F, Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines, My Ex 2: Haunted Lover, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Midnight Son, Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning, Tower Block, Crawl, Killing Them Softly, Love Bite, The Bay, The Inside, Sightseers, I Didn’t Come Here To Die

 

Flux:

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Flux is a forthcoming fiction supplement containing exciting stories that we're unable to place in Interzone, Black Static or Crimewave. This will be sent out occasionally to subscribers of both Interzone and Black Static, totally free of charge. You can buy dual subscriptions to Interzone and Black Static securely from the online shop.

 

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