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New Horror Fiction BLACK STATIC 82/83 OUT NOW


5th Jul, 2017

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The cover art is by Richard Wagner



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When We Are Open Wide by Kristi DeMeester

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Momma tells me not to cry when my first period comes. There in the bathroom with my yellow duck shower curtain and my vanilla sugar body splash, she pulls my underwear to the floor and stares at the dark brown stain.


The Body is Concentrated Ground by Kirsten Kaschock
illustrated by Richard Wagner

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When Hettie exploded, it was an experience.

The first time she blew up I was unprepared. She had been withdrawn all morning and the evening before. As her face changed through its colors – rust, then red, then a blood-bruise color we called more-low in a play on domestic wine and the sad sacks who drink it – I tended to her with looks.


The Dreaming by Rosalie Parker 

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Dusk is some way off and I stand at the bar, waiting to be served. I’ve been here often on my way home from work. It’s half-empty on early summer evenings, and the staff are efficient and not averse to passing the time in conversation. I like the cool pale green of its walls, the lack of music, the unmatched tables and chairs.


Here, Only Sorrow by Damien Angelica Walters 

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Four days after we buried Lucas, Aidan came to me, eyelids red and swollen. “Half of me is gone, Mama,” he said, pointing to his abdomen.

I saw nothing save his Paw Patrol shirt, but I understood. “I miss him, too.”

“Is part of you gone?”

“Yes,” I said, touching my chest. “Here. It feels like a great big hole inside me.”

“Does it hurt?”

“More than almost anything,” I said, holding out my arms.


Ghost Town by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam 

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Long ago the town had a name, but like many of the town’s spectral inhabitants, that name had died. In a lopsided circle around the town hummed the trickle of the also-unnamed river. The townspeople didn’t question this namelessness; they wanted nothing to do with the naming of things that didn’t belong to them. Few townspeople dared ripple the river’s dark surface.


Endoskeletal by Sarah Read 

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The figures are drawn in yellow ochre, their limbs overlong, their faces drawn as skulls – white with crushed calcite, eyes carbon black with a spark of red ochre inside. Each figure holds an orb-like jar beneath its chin. Umber shadows trail behind them as they march the length of the chamber, deep into the small spaces at the back of the cave, where there is the monster. A mass all in soot bone black, large as the cave wall, covered in a hundred lidless eyes. The eyes are not drawn, but etched into the stone itself.


To Dance is Feline by YZ Chin
illustrated by Richard Wagner 

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My mother, who was the first cat, told me this: Never stay with humans for too long.

Have you ever been to a lake on a moonless, starless and windless night? When the water seems to be holding its breath, and you search, hard but in vain, for the line separating lake and sky?

Then a little breeze betrays it all, pimpling the lake’s skin, and a silvery thread slithers across the horizon, a long shiver.

That is how my mother left the humans, black against the night’s black.



Notes From the Borderland by Lynda E. Rucker


Unless you’ve been stranded somewhere extremely remote with no access to media outside of Black Static for the past couple of years, you’re probably aware that David Lynch has returned to the small screen with a new season of Twin Peaks. I haven’t really read any commentary on the new episodes so far or paid much attention to their reception because, well, I don’t actually really care. I’m enjoying this deep dive into the psyche of Lynch (and Mark Frost, lest we forget!) away from the low constant buzz of social media or critical nattering.


Into the Woods by Ralph Robert Moore


I had no trouble writing this first sentence.


When Mary and I were getting ready to leave California, wander across America to find a new home, we decided to bring our white Mustang in to have it checked out. The last thing we wanted was for the car to break down a thousand miles from anyone we knew, some small town with mountains in the far distance, sprawling metropolis crowded with one way streets, angry car honks.



Case Notes: Book Reviews by Peter Tennant

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And Her Smile Will Untether The Universe
plus author interview


Marta Martinez Saves the World by Victorya Chase
Home Birth by Jessica McHugh
Ghost in the Machine by K.H. Koehler
The Thing in the Ice by E. Catherine Tobler


The Doll-Master and Other Tales of Terror
Dis Mem Ber and Other Stories of Mystery and Suspense


Fir by Sharon Gosling
In the Dark, In the Woods by Eliza Wass


Nights of Blood Wine by Freda Warrington
Singing With All My Skin and Bone by Sunny Moraine


Evil Games by Angela Marsons
Rawblood by Catriona Ward
Thin Air by Michelle Paver
The River at Night by Erica Ferencik
The Last One by Alexandra Oliva
Aletheia by J.S. Breukelaar

Blood Spectrum: DVD/Blu-ray/VOD Reviews by Gary Couzens

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The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, Phenomena, Brain Damage, Prevenge, Raw, XX, Demon Hunter, Underworld: Blood Wars, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, Elle, The Great Wall, The Autopsy of Jane Doe, Madhouse, Wolf Guy, Dead Awake, Don't Hang Up, Taboo


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