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Author:  Andy [ Fri Apr 09, 2010 3:11 pm ]
Post subject:  BLACK STATIC 16

Issue 16 is out now, and in full colour throughout!


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


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.


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

How To Buy:
You can buy Black Static in good bookshops, newsagents and specialist stores, both here in the UK and several other countries including the USA. If your local shop doesn't stock the magazine please ask them to order it in for you. You can also order Black Static via mail order distributors such as Fantastic Literature and BBR, or download an e-version from Fictionwise (see link). By far the best option though, for you and for us, is to take out a subscription to the magazine direct: please just click on the link to our secure SHOP, where you can buy our stuff with a credit/debit card or paypal. Thanks!

We appreciate your support more now than ever. Borders closure cost us a lot of money, and our ex-distributor hasn't paid us anything at all ever.

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

Coming soon: new stories by John Shirley, Joel Lane, Nicholas Royle, Carole Johnstone, Simon Kurt Unsworth, Daniel Kaysen, Lavie Tidhar...

Author:  Matthew S Dent [ Fri Apr 09, 2010 4:58 pm ]
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Looks great! Can't wait to read it.

Author:  Pete [ Mon Apr 19, 2010 10:45 am ]
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Arrived in Norfolk today, and it looks absolutely lovely. I particularly like the new format for the contents page.

One observation - Ali's story opens with an image of Marilyn Monroe, and so we get a painting of a creepy old man. Sometimes I despair of artists :lol:

Author:  gileadslostson [ Mon Apr 19, 2010 11:40 am ]
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Just think how she looks now Pete :lol:

Author:  Ali_L [ Mon Apr 19, 2010 11:43 am ]
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Ali's story opens with an image of Marilyn Monroe, and so we get a painting of a creepy old man.

Hey, they don't call it a horror magazine for nothing... :lol:

Author:  Pete [ Mon Apr 19, 2010 11:46 am ]
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All right for you lot to say that, but for a second there I thought I'd picked up the mirror by mistake, and I don't mean the paper :?

Author:  DennisB [ Mon Apr 19, 2010 12:20 pm ]
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Arrived in SW France today (safe & scary) - like the use of colour, especially on the story illustrations.

But where's the fly?

Author:  Roy [ Mon Apr 19, 2010 12:36 pm ]
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I presume it arrived by train then. Most overseas subscribers will have to wait for the ash cloud to dissipate.

Author:  Tony [ Tue Apr 20, 2010 12:16 pm ]
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Got my copy of glorious BS mag, today...
Just blogged on Pigasus Pressure with ratings for all DVD & blu-ray reviews.

Oh, and see end of my column, on page 43, for a sneak preview of next issue's cover artwork!

Author:  Tony [ Tue Apr 20, 2010 12:32 pm ]
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DennisB wrote:
where's the fly?

There's one on page 50... sneaky that!

Author:  Bob [ Wed Apr 21, 2010 10:20 am ]
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It looks absolutely fantastic, specially the full colour and the contents page and pretty much all the art work. Will the full colour be a permanent feature?

Author:  Ali_L [ Thu Apr 22, 2010 8:04 am ]
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Got my copy last night...looks fabulous.

And that really is a very creepy old man... :D

Author:  Stephen Volk [ Thu Apr 22, 2010 10:03 am ]
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Just received my copy in sunny Wiltshire. Just debating whether I like the addition of colour.

Author:  whokilledculture [ Thu Apr 22, 2010 11:50 am ]
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Got mine this morning (along with Cabin Fever 2 - cheers Andy!) Haven't had time to read anything in it yet but I've skimmed through and checked out the colour. I don't hate it, but it certainly gives the mag a different feel. I kind of liked the starkness of the old black and white pages, but it works really well for some sections(for instance: the colourful array of DVD covers found throughout Blood Spectrum). I think, like all change, it'll grow on us with a couple of issues. Quite possibly I was unsure about the starkness of the old black and white pages when I read issue one too, but grew to know and love them with time - so long as the writing remains fantastic, all the rest is really just trimming.

Author:  Tony [ Thu Apr 22, 2010 1:57 pm ]
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Stephen Volk wrote:
Just debating whether I like the addition of colour.

:roll: :wink:
Welcome to 21st century, Steve!

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