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 Post subject: BLACK STATIC 15
PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 2:28 pm 
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The new issue has arrived and will be mailed out early next week. Please check the status of your subscriptions now and renew if necessary, or take out that new subscription you've been promising yourself, because copies that miss the main mailing cost twice as much to post in the UK, three times as much to overseas destinations... Thanks!

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Cover Art by Ben Baldwin

Stories:

Eight Small Men by James Cooper (novelette)
illustrated by Ben Baldwin


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I have a night light that fills my room with a soft green glow. When Helen stays over it makes her uncomfortable. She says she can’t sleep. She says it’s too alien, like trying to sleep inside the hub of a UFO. I look at her face and realise she is right. Everything is transformed; even her skin is imbued with a sick green pallor that makes her look like the very thing I should be afraid of.


The Knitted Child by Simon Kurt Unsworth
illustrated by Jim Burns


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This is what it knew: When the old woman’s granddaughter’s menses came again, there had been tears and grief. The old woman, punctured by the granddaughter’s loss but seeing that her shoulders could bear no more sorrow than the weight they were already carrying, had gone as quickly as her age would allow to her room. She went folded in on herself, her shoulders sticking out like crow’s wings, her spindle arms and tree-twig hands no defence against the digging pain in her own belly. The long-forgotten memory of her own bleeding out returned with a terrible clarity and she had remembered then, remembered all the life she had carried inside herself and lost in her earlier years, remembered the pain, remembered the hopes that shrivelled as they were exposed to the air. Remembered about loss. She had held herself clenched until she was back in her room and then she allowed her own tears to come, and when they did they were hot and heavy and danced like flies upon her cheeks. Sitting in her chair, she finally allowed her own grief to hold court, and it ruled her with fists of thick, wringing iron.


Maximum Darkness by Alan Scott Laney
illustrated by David Gentry


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Late one Saturday afternoon Robin Parker went searching in his parents’ attic for an old book. He had no idea of its title or any of the names listed on the cover, but he did remember its lurid dream scape. It was a classic piece of pulp imagery, with a howl ing beast bearing down on a group of strangely submerged humans that screamed in horror as they sank into each other. The book was fairly memorable as well, though none of its stories matched the cover. One of them had promised the tale of a dead man reawakened by his desire for revenge, which suggested plenty of ghoul ish necromancy or weird science. What it delivered was some thing very different, and yet all the more disturbing for Robin. It seemed that, eventually, the terrifying events depicted in the story were going to overwhelm him. It was a slow development, over many years, but inevitably the time had come.


Babylon's Burning by Daniel Kaysen
illustrated by Rik Rawling


Quote:
“There’ll be girls, Daniel,” said my brother. “Loads of stunning girls.” What he meant was: whores. I’d heard about what happened at these company parties. Call girls were scattered about, and they were free-to-access, as it were. I shivered slightly. “You don’t like the idea of girls?”


Death By Water by Sarah Singleton
illustrated by Ben Baldwin


Quote:
Only the Chinese takeaway was open. Mauve light fell through the window onto the pavement. Ian stood outside, hands in pockets, staring at the posters in the glass door, adverts for last year’s carnival and a breakers’ yard. How long since he’d eaten? Hard to say: it wasn’t hunger that impelled him but a longing to escape the cold.


Features:

White Noise
news compiled by Peter Tennant

Interference by Christopher Fowler
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Electric Darkness by Stephen Volk
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Night's Plutonian Shore by Mike O'Driscoll
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Blood Spectrum by Tony Lee
DVD/Blu-ray reviews of new releases, including Blood Feast 2, Street Trash, Wrong Turn 3, Dungeons & Dragons, House, Train, The Day of the Triffids, Halloween II, The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, Surrogates, Tony, Dante's Inferno, In the Electric Mist, Long Weekend, Pandorum, Cabin Fever 2, Wolfhound, Triangle, Sorority Row, Growth, Room 36, Whiteout, Stan Helsing, Malice in Wonderland, Borderland, Jennifer's Body, Open Graves, Paranormal Activity, plus easy to enter draws to win several of these DVDs/Blu-rays

Case Notes by Peter Tennant
reviews of books by Alexandra Sokoloff + interview + competition to win her novels, plus features on graphic zombie novels, PS Publishing novellas by Rick Hautala and Derryl Murphy & William Shun, and Australian Horror including Australian Dark Fantasy & Horror: The Year's Best Stories and books by Shane Jiraiya Cummings, Paul Haines, Robert Stephenson, Kaaron Warren, and Stephen M. Irwin.


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We hope you enjoy this issue and look forward to reading your comments here.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 4:03 pm 
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Really been looking forward to the new Cooper tale since it went on the Acceptances page. :D

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Heh, I'm curious about the apparent Donnie Darko homage of the cover art!

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Landed in darkest Norfolk mere moments ago, our heroic postie fighting his way through 2cm snow drifts and in the teeth of a moderate to negligible wind.

Looks and smells fabulous :D

And that is one mean bunny wabbit :shock:

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Got mine yesterday too. Already read the non-fiction articles. Trying to plan a long enough period in the day to read the Cooper in one hit.

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 Post subject: Ratings?
PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 2:48 pm 
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In case of interest... all 29 reviews of Blood Spectrum column in Black Static #15 have ratings on my blog at - Pigasus pressure.

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Burrowed its way into my post box this morning.


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I was quite moved by Simon Kurt Unsworth's, The Knitted Child, when I first heard it at Fantasycon, last year.

Good illustration by Jim Burns!


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Received it today.

Already started a real-time review of its fiction here:
http://weirdmonger.blog-city.com/black_ ... sue_15.htm

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Simon Kurt Unsworth's 'The Knitted Child' is quite exceptional, a shoo-in, I suspect, for the 'Best Of...' collections next year. It's one of those flawless stories that I found myself wishing I'd been able to write myself...

A little like Joe Hill's 'Pop Art', this is a tale that, against all the odds, overcomes its improbable component parts and becomes something uniquely original and haunting.

Go and read it. Now. And then do what I did and start looking for more of this guy's work...

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I read James Cooper’s story first (and would have done even if it wasn’t the opening story). ‘Eight Small Men’ is as quietly dark as I’ve come to expect and hope for from his stories, a pervading sense of despair that settles like an old dust sheet yet is as polished as Roach’s Oxford. I wouldn’t want Cooper looking at my family photo album – he’d probably pick out my favourite childhood memory and show me shadows that were always there.


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Next time I'll read the post before mine so I don't look like a kiss-ass.


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Still waiting for my copy... damn the crappy Edinburgh postal system !


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Review by Colin Harvey at Suite 101:-

http://scififantasyfiction.suite101.com ... s-reviewed

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