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Dark Fiction & Film BLACK STATIC ISSUE 59 OUT NOW!

Black Static 18 Out Now

30th Jul, 2010

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Cover art is 'Chaining the Night Mare' by Ben Baldwin.

 

Stories:

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Orinoco by Nina Allan
illustrated by Ben Baldwin

“They’re Orinoco Angelfish,” said Brian. “Their Latin name is Pterophyllum altum. Some people call them Deep Angels, or Altum Angels. They’re the largest of all the freshwater angelfish.” There were six of them in the bag. They swam in circles in the captured water. Seeing fish in a plastic bag always made Marie nervous, even though she knew it was the normal way of transporting new specimens, even though her brother was an expert on every aspect of fish keeping. She couldn’t help being reminded of a school trip she had been on once, a class outing to an agricultural show. There had been fairground attractions as well as farm exhibits, and a boy called Michael Robinson had knocked a coconut off its pedestal and won a goldfish. On the way back to school on the coach the bag with the fish in had burst. There was no spare water or receptacle and the fish had expired on the seat. One of the teachers had had to wrap it in the broken bag and then dispose of it in a waste bin at the next service station.

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Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Carole Johnstone
illustrated by Rik Rawling

Bloody creep. Actually no, bloody wanker was better. Bloody creepy wanker. Who did he think she was? Janis’s heels snapped a quick staccato as she headed down towards the town centre. The sound echoed pleasingly in the narrow silence. More to the point, was who had Molly told him she was? Evidently some kind of desperate old scraggy-end, whose idea of a perfect night out was a game of pool, a quick grope to Stevie Wonder, and two (count ’em, two – he couldn’t even be bothered to get her drunk) single-measure Bacardi and Cokes. Rounded off by a proposition so revolting that she couldn’t even let herself think about it again. God, it made her sick. It always made her sick. 

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A Man of Ice and Sorrow by Simon Kurt Unsworth
illustrated by Dave Senecal

Mains walked miles every day. Behind his home, the land started to rise, buckling as it went and forming itself into hills and valleys covered by a dislocating green jumble of trees. It was hard terrain, made worse by the bleak weather; the ground sweated ice and frost and, most days or nights, the snow fell in fat, greasy flakes that lay on the ground in drifts. If he walked in the morning, the crust of the snow was frozen and cracked under his feet with a sound like tiny bones breaking. If he walked later in the day it had softened, would cling to his legs and feet in heavy clumps. On days when the wind dropped to nothing, the falling snow damped the sound out of the world so that he walked in a featureless, oppressive silence. It should have been easy to get lost in the dense and sprawling tangle of trees, but Mains hadn’t managed that trick yet, no matter how hard he tried; every day, he found his way home.

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The Obscure Bird by Nicholas Royle
illustrated by Daniele Serra

It was late. Gwen spent ten minutes helping Andrew tidy up the kitchen and then put her arms out for a hug and said she was going up to bed. “I won’t be long,” Andrew said as he released her with a kiss. Gwen smiled. “Of course not,” she said. It was a ritual. She knew it would be at least an hour, probably two, maybe more, before he joined her. Outside, an owl hooted. Andrew’s eyes were dark behind the round lenses of his glasses, unfathomable.

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Tu Sufrimiento Shall Protect Us by Mercurio D. Rivera
illustrated by Joachim Luetke

Edgar first hears the screams while he’s undressing and Mercedes is changing clothes in his baño. He doesn’t normally get involved in the shit that goes down in this vecindario – best to let the justice gangs handle it – so he ignores it, tries to shut it out, until the shrieking peters out a minute or two later. But then he figures that Mercedes might not appreciate having to step over a corpse out in the hallway so he pulls the door open an inch and takes a peek.

 

Features:

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White Noise
news compiled by Peter Tennant

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Electric Darkness by Stephen Volk
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Interference by Christopher Fowler
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The Campaign for Real Fear
second ten winning 500-word stories selected by Maura McHugh and Christopher Fowler

 

Reviews:

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Case Notes by Peter Tennant
reviews of Apartment 16 by Adam Nevill + in-depth interview + 10 copies of Apartment 16 to give away, plus novels, collections and anthologies by Brendan Connell, Nina Allan, Sarah Totton, Tim Lees, Conrad Williams, Ellen Datlow

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Blood Spectrum by Tony Lee
DVD/Blu-ray reviews of new and forthcoming releases, including Solomon Kane, Afterwards, Bubba Ho-Tep, The Storm Warriors, Blood River, Psychosis, Clash of the Titans, Shelter, Animals, Manson Girl, 14 Blades, Goemon, The 7th Dimension, [REC] 2, Zombie Women of Satan, Bikini Girls on Ice, Samurai Zombie, Kaiji: The Ultimate Gambler, 2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams, The Haunting of Marsten Manor, The Torment, Meat Grinder, 7 Days, The Bleeding, The Horde, Dead Cert, plus easy to enter draws to win several of these titles

 

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