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Looking Back at 2013

17th Jan, 2014

Author: Peter Tennant

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As in the three previous years, it's time for me to take a look back at what happened in the year just gone from a Case Notes review perspective.

In the six issues of Black Static that appeared in 2013 we ran reviews of a grand total of 122 titles, 121 of which I wrote myself, the solitary exception being a guest spot by Stephen Theaker back in #36. That's 38 more than in 2012.

Breaking it down we get:-

  • Novels - 39 (20 in 2011)
  • Short Story Collections - 21 (23)
  • Novellas - 20 (14)
  • Anthologies - 14 (15)
  • Chapbooks - 15 (6)
  • Non-fiction - 6 (4)
  • Graphic/Illustrated work - 4 (0)
  • Novelettes - 2
  • Poetry - 1

Looking at the list, it seems that we have either significant gains or marginal decreases in each category, with the biggest 'winners' novels and chapbooks.

I also, that I can recall, had reviews of two novels by Clive Barker that we couldn't squeeze into Black Static appear in Interzone instead.

During 2013 I listed a total of 274 titles received for review, which was up 44 on the previous year, and means that overall, including the two Interzone reviews, 45% of the books sent to us got reviewed.

Of the 122 titles reviewed in Black Static itself, 31 were either written or edited by women (approximately 25% of the total), while 63½ of titles received were by women (approximately 23%). The corresponding figures in 2012 were 29% and 22%.

We reviewed titles from a total of 56 different publishers, of which the following have been reviewed the most often:-

  • Delirium/Dark Fuse - 19
  • Spectral - 7
  • Arrow/Hammer - 6
  • Gray Friar - 6
  • Nightjar - 6
  • PS Publishing - 5
  • Solaris - 5
  • Titan - 4
  • This Is Horror - 4
  • Omnium Gatherum - 4
  • Earthling Publications - 3

Earthling would have had four titles, but my review of their anniversary edition of Weaveworld was one of the two transferred to Interzone. Jo Fletcher Books, Swan River, Cemetery Dance, Edge, Auteur, Self Made Hero, Egaeus, and Salt all had 2 titles reviewed.

In total I reviewed titles by 101 different writers and editors (the actual tally for writers is much higher, as for anthologies I am only counting the editor), with those who were reviewed the most frequently:-

4 ½ titles - Gary McMahon

3 ½ titles - Simon Bestwick

3 titles - John Llewellyn Probert, Mark Morris, Steve Rasnic Tem

2 titles - Paul Finch, Ennis Drake, S. P. Miskowski, Ellen Datlow, Guy Adams, Conrad Williams, Michael McBride, Nancy Kilpatrick, Nina Allan, Terry Grimwood, Sarah Pinborough

1 ½ - D. F. Lewis

 

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