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Dark Fiction & Film BLACK STATIC ISSUE 61 OUT NOW!

Black Static 16 Out Now!

9th Apr, 2010

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Cover Art by Chris Nurse (a further illustration for 'Extreme Latitude')

 

Stories:

The Overseer by Tim Casson
illustrated by Ben Baldwin 

Father was a man of few words, but when he did speak you remembered. He once told me to live in the moment. Regrets are a sickness of the mind, he said with the intensity of a preacher. Here was I trying to start anew, to live in the moment, and yet my mind was cluttered with his callous little homilies. He was overseeing my life still, albeit in my head.

Extreme Latitude by M.G. Preston
illustrated by Chris Nurse
 

Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway: 1,000km from the North Pole. December 1st, 11.40am. I have been at the Fagmeneske Weather Station for ninety-one days. On my seventy-eighth day here the sun went down. It will not rise above the horizon again until another two months have passed. It is dark. It is cold. -20c. Only a few days after my arrival from Tromsø – a bad flight in a used and abused cargo plane – I discovered a quote in one of Longyearbyen’s few official buildings: ‘This place is abandoned by God and ought to have been abandoned a long time ago by mankind as well’. People in Longyearbyen – almost 2,000 at the last count – love to hold parties. Parties with lots of light. Parties with singing and dancing and general good cheer. They know that darkness breeds despair. They know that darkness opens your mind to –

One Last Wild Waltz by Mike O'Driscoll
illustrated by Robert Dunn

At thirty thousand feet I heard him speak my name. Head groggy from lack of sleep and too many in-flight whiskies, I opened my eyes and saw his face staring back at me through the porthole. The hunger in his gaze appalled me. Then he was gone even before we started dropping through the clouds. Four hours later, as I leave the motorway and head north into the valley, I remind myself that the reason I’ve travelled halfway round the world is to come home to my dead.

The Empty Spaces by Alison J. Littlewood
illustrated by Dave Senecal

When Laurie Turner said he saw Marilyn Monroe in our sitting room, I thought he was a fool, and I told him so. But it was more fool me, as it turned out, because that’s exactly what he did see. Marilyn, pouting with her reddened lips, and her white dress billowing out so that it almost brushed the television. Just because she wasn’t there, doesn’t mean he didn’t see her: that’s what the doctor said.

The Moon Will Look Strange by Lynda E. Rucker

They were draining the fish pond in the tiny walled garden outside his window. Colin awoke to the sound of their voices: Jimena, who owned the house with her husband Tomas, and that of Madih, the young Moroccan man who carried out repairs around the property. Colin flung open the wooden shutters and his first thought was that Samantha would be outraged – even at the savage age of six and a half she couldn’t bear to see any living thing suffer – and then he remembered, and wondered where such a cruel and unbidden thought had come from. Not for one moment, night or day, sleeping or awake, did he ever forget that she was dead. Not even in his dreams.

 

Features:

White Noise compiled by Peter Tennant
news, including Christopher Fowler on The Campaign For Real Fear

Interference by Christopher Fowler
reinventing horror

Electric Darkness by Stephen Volk
adventures in screenwriting 

Night's Plutonian Shore by Mike O'Driscoll
James Ellroy and the Underworld USA trilogy 

Blood Spectrum by Tony Lee
DVD/Blu-ray reviews of new releases, including Demon Warriors, Cut, Vampire Girl vs Frankenstein Girl, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, 2012, Invitation Only, The Descent Part 2, Terror at the Opera, The Stendhal Syndrome, The Card Player, Two Evil Eyes, Zombeak, Survival of the Dead, Zombieland, Night of the Living Dead 3D, Day of the Dead, Dance of the Dead, Ong Bak: The Beginning, Chaw, Cirque du Freak, Give 'em Hell Malone, iMurders, Paranormal Entity, Salvage, Hellbride, Henry Lee Lucas: Serial Killer, Bitch Slap, Backwoods Bloodbath, plus easy to enter draws to win several of these DVDs/Blu-rays

Case Notes by Peter Tennant
reviews of books by Sarah Pinborough + interview + competition to win her novels, plus anthologies, collections and novels by Cody Goodfellow, James Cooper, Simon Strantzas, Mark Valentine, Simon Bestwick, Simon Maginn & Gary Fry, John Ajvide Lindqvist, Rhys Hughes, Charles Prepolec & J.R Campbell, Nancy Kilpatrick & David Morrell, and non-fiction titles such as In Conversation: A Writer's Perspective – Volume One: Horror, Writers Workshop of Horror

 

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