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Black Static


About Black Static

Black Static is the new title for The Third Alternative, which was founded in 1994. With the arrival of Interzone in 2005 it was no longer necessary to publish science fiction and fantasy in The Third Alternative (not that there was ever very much of it), so we took the opportunity to focus on its darker side and give the magazine a new title to emphasise the slight shift, and give potential readers a clearer idea of what the magazine was all about. So the magazine became Black Static, now fully recognisable as a Horror magazine.

"Black Static creeps into the same house as Cemetery Dance and Subterranean as a member of the elite horror publications" Horror World

The title and strapline reference 'electronic voice phenomenon' (EVP), the noise found on recordings which some people interpret as the voices of ghosts. The film White Noise, starring Michael Keaton, could more accurately be called Black Static. What makes the title even more suitable is that 'Black Static' is also Paul Meloy's British Fantasy Award winning story from The Third Alternative.

"The most consistently excellent horror magazine published" Ellen Datlow

The Third Alternative was never afraid to push the envelope, and nothing has changed in that regard. Black Static has earned much praise for its style, bravery, editorial and fiction content. Its stories are innovative and daring, never afraid to shock or disturb, yet always entertain.

"Black Static is a must-read for those who like their fiction contemporary and uncensored" Ed Gorman

The magazine publishes some of the finest Horror writers working today: Christopher Fowler, Afterlife creator/writer Stephen Volk, Lisa Tuttle, Nicholas Royle, Conrad Williams, Tony Richards, Scott Nicholson, Steve Rasnic Tem, Cody Goodfellow, Mélanie Fazi, Matthew Holness (creator and star of TV’s Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace), Ramsey Campbell, Simon Clark, Graham Joyce, Gary McMahon, Alexander Glass, Joel Lane, to name just a few. Alongside these is a dazzling array of new talent such as Aliette de Bodard, Daniel Kaysen, V H Leslie, Priya Sharma, Ray Cluley, Alison Littlewood, James Cooper, Nina Allan, Eric Gregory and many more.

"The most disturbing images I’ve encountered this year or any other. For a different outlook and some quality writing, you should be subscribing" SF Revu

A unique fiction magazine requires unique presentation and Black Static delivers on this front too, thanks to the extraordinary original artwork of David Gentry and a design that delights in breaking rules.

"A wicked beauty" Simon Clark

Every issue contains Peter Tennant's book reviews in his Case Notes column, which often runs to fourteen pages and includes an author interview. Tony Lee reviews the latest DVD/Blu-ray releases in his Blood Spectrum Column. Lynda E Rucker and Stephen Volk supply thought-provoking comment columns and Mike O'Driscoll reviews TV in Silver Bullets. Every issue gives the opportunity to win lots of free books and/or DVDs.

"The premier source for a regular and opinionated overview of the horror, dark and weird genres in the UK" Bookgeeks

Black Static is published bimonthly, in the same format and at the same time as Interzone. You can subscribe to the print version using this website's shop, or to the e-edition at various other places such as Amazon, Apple, and Weightless Books.

"Britain’s finest magazine of Dark Fantasy" Suite 101

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