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Black Static


And For Our Next Trick

5th Sep, 2013

Author: Peter Tennant

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Black Static #36 has been pushed out the door and sent off to the printers, and so, as per standard operating procedure, I'm here to let the cat out of the bag regarding what books get reviewed in the Case Notes section of the magazine.

Here's what we've got for you:-

When the Fourth Wall Is Broken: Nina Allan

An interview with Nina Allan, plus reviews of two of her latest books, Microcosmos and Stardust: The Ruby Castle Stories, and plenty of mentions of a third, the novella Spin, which just happens to be published by TTA.

Egaeus Press

Reviews of the novel In Delirium's Circle by Stephen J. Clarke and the collection The Tainted Earth by George Berguño.

Once Upon A time: Guest Review by Stephen Theaker

The redoubtable Stephen Theaker, the man I call in for the reviewing assignments that are too tough for me, casts his critical eye over Alison Littlewood's second novel Path of Needles.

Gary McMahon

Reviews of three titles written or edited by Gary McMahon, the novella Nightsiders, the novel The Bones of You, and the anthology Visions Fading Fast.

Simon Bestwick

Reviews of two recent collections, The Condemned and Let's Drink to the Dead.

The Helen Vaughan Files

Reviews of The Great God Pan/Xelucha by Arthur Machen/M. P. Shiel and Helen's Story by Rosanne Rabinowitz.


Reviews of two recent novels by writers who've been published by TTA, Shadows by Isla J. Bick and Shifters by Michael G. Preston.

Salt Publishing

Reviews of Burnt Island by Alice Thompson and Habit by Stephen McGeagh.

Late Nineteenth Century Novellas

Reviews of three novellas set in the 1890s (sort of), The Flight of the Ravens by Chris Butler, Unhallowed Ground by Daniel Mills, and The Demeter by Martin Jones.

D. F. Lewis Strikes Up the Band

A long overdue review of the anthology The First Book of Classical Horror Stories edited by D. F. Lewis.

That's twenty titles reviewed in total and six of them written by women, taking the tally for the year so far to 102 titles reviewed with twenty five of them written/edited by women (25%).

Standard Disclaimer: 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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