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Black Static


Coming Round Again

11th Nov, 2013

Author: Peter Tennant

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The splendidness that is Black Static #37 has been sent to the printers, and Andy will be along shortly to quote you chapter and verse regarding exactly how splendid that splendidness is, but in the meantime to get everyone interested, I'm here to reveal what titles get covered in the Case Notes book review section.

Here's what we have for you:-


Reviews of M by Hilary Scudder, Getting Out Of There by M. John Harrison, Chalk by Pat Cadigan, and Soul Masque by Terry Grimwood.

Hammer Horror: We Keep the Lights On

Four titles linked directly and not so directly to the iconic film company get the critical once over, The Revenge of Frankenstein by Shaun Hutson, Countess Dracula by Guy Adams, Hunger  by Melvin Burgess, and Stoker's Manuscript by Royce Prouty.

Swan River Press

I shake down two 'recent' releases from this Irish press, The Sea Change & Other Stories by Helen Grant and Written By Daylight by John Howard.

DarkFuse Novels

I usually review novellas from DarkFuse, but this issue four of their novels get a look in, Revenant Road by Michael Boatman, The New Flesh by Keith Deininger, Hell Gate by Elizabeth Massie, and Corrosion by Jon Bassoff.

Once Upon a Time: Sarah Pinborough

Reviews of two very different novels by Sarah Pinborough, Charm and Mayhem.

Miscellaneous Novels

The ones I couldn't shoehorn in anywhere else, and they are As Dead As Me by Ralph Robert Moore, Don't Stand So Close by Eric Red, Axe by Terry Grimwood (him again), and Mechagnosis by Douglas Thompson.

That's twenty titles reviewed in total and six of them written by women, taking the tally for the year so far to 122 titles reviewed with thirty-one of them written/edited by women (25%).

And as #37 is the last issue of 2013 that's the final figure for the year. With books still coming in for review at a rate of twenty or more titles per month, the chances of any individual title getting covered are now in the 40% - 50% region.

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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