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Author:  Pete [ Sat Jun 18, 2011 4:36 pm ]
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"The Overseer" by Tim Casson from #16:-

http://trumpetville.wordpress.com/2011/ ... im-casson/

And I've also updated the index:-

http://trumpetville.wordpress.com/black ... ory-index/

Author:  Pete [ Thu Jun 23, 2011 4:31 pm ]
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"The Covered Doll" by Norman Prentiss from #20:-

http://trumpetville.wordpress.com/2011/ ... -prentiss/

Author:  Pete [ Wed Jun 29, 2011 3:04 pm ]
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"One Last Wild Waltz" by Mike O'Driscoll from #16:-

http://trumpetville.wordpress.com/2011/ ... odriscoll/

Author:  Pete [ Fri Jul 08, 2011 12:02 pm ]
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"Faces in the Walls" by John Shirley from #17:-

http://trumpetville.wordpress.com/2011/ ... n-shirley/

Author:  Pete [ Sat Jul 09, 2011 2:31 pm ]
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"Served Cold" by Gary Couzens from #11:-

http://trumpetville.wordpress.com/2011/ ... y-couzens/

And I've updated the index:-

http://trumpetville.wordpress.com/black ... ory-index/

Author:  Pete [ Tue Jul 12, 2011 3:45 pm ]
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"The Compartments of Hell" by Paul Meloy and Sarah Pinborough from #20:-

http://trumpetville.wordpress.com/2011/ ... inborough/

Author:  des2 [ Wed Jul 13, 2011 8:19 pm ]
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Pete wrote:
"The Compartments of Hell" by Paul Meloy and Sarah Pinborough from #20:-


Excerpt from my earlier real-time review of that Black Static:

The Compartments of Hell by Paul Meloy & Sarah Pinborough

“…but then who knew when this shit had started hitting the fan?”

It’s Christmas Eve and if this is Santa Claus’ present to me – it’s certainly a present to the world from out of the blue – a post-apocalypse “it’s the thought that counts” – as those who have cracked and spiked enough are protected from the most gruesome, brain-ripping images I think I have ever read. By a long way! And I would have spliffed and spliced what I just said with not only a prayer of thank you but also a f**king prayer of thank you. And I don’t usually swear. This shit hit this fan, then, when these two authors came together - and produced this gotterdammerwrung (sp?) of guts. It’s spilled all over Christmas. No exaggeration. (24 Dec 10 – two hours later)

Author:  Pete [ Sun Jul 17, 2011 2:59 pm ]
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"A Man of Ice and Sorrow" by Simon Kurt Unsworth from #18:-

http://trumpetville.wordpress.com/2011/ ... -unsworth/

Author:  des2 [ Mon Jul 18, 2011 9:11 am ]
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Pete wrote:
"A Man of Ice and Sorrow" by Simon Kurt Unsworth from #18:-


A Man of Ice and Sorrow by Simon Kurt Unsworth

The few stories of SKU I’ve read have always impressed me greatly and this is no exception. It tells of a blighted family, Edward Mains (the main protagonist) and his son Johnny Mains and his wife Elise Mains. Earthed into the soul by snowmen. Actually – and I have no doubt about this – the story is a very clever variation on the theme of Vigeland Park, Oslo, i.e. the plaintive arms of statues & sculptures in coiled embrace – pillars of people – families in mutual retribution – but all here, within SKU’s fiction, in the shape, not of sculptures, but, yes, of snowmen. The prose is stitched with complexes of emotion and bereavement and sad separation of a married couple who couldn’t face destiny.

It’s Ok making sure one’s own house is insured against hiatus of electrical, gas or water supplies but when the mains blow on the borderline between one’s jurisdiction and just beyond it, then the real problems arise…. Moreover, the best description of snowmen I have ever read. (21 Aug 10 – another 3 hours later)

Author:  Pete [ Tue Jul 19, 2011 10:32 am ]
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"Between a Rock and a Hard Place" by Carole Johnstone from #18:-

http://trumpetville.wordpress.com/2011/ ... johnstone/

Author:  des2 [ Wed Jul 20, 2011 1:12 pm ]
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Pete wrote:
"Between a Rock and a Hard Place" by Carole Johnstone from #18:-


Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Carole Johnstone

As Janis turned into Military Road, it started to rain again.”

I wondered why I sensed myself destined to real-time review Black Static 18 when I picked it up accidentally today. You see, this is the first Horror Story I’ve read based on my home town but not only that it is also based on the exact area of that town where I was brought up from age seven: i.e. Military Road, Old Heath Road (my actual address*), Hythe etc. A walker following adolescent pathways.
So I am no independent judge of this story. Yet I somehow know this is a remarkable tightly threaded threnody of staccato surrogate stalking. The prose is pitch perfect. And its ending also strangely relates to the ‘aquarium’ in the previous story. More dead loss bottom-fishing in the urban storm. It’s Ramsey Campbell but with Garrison Church bells on. I loved it!!!! (21 Aug 10 – three hours later)

Author:  Pete [ Wed Jul 20, 2011 5:51 pm ]
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The first four Campaign for Real Fear stories from #17:-

http://trumpetville.wordpress.com/2011/ ... r-stories/

Author:  Mike A [ Thu Jul 21, 2011 9:22 am ]
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des2 wrote:
...also based on the exact area of that town where I was brought up...

I know that area a little too, Des. When I was a student at Essex Uni a couple of my friends lived in New Park Street, and I stayed with them briefly whilst resitting some exams. About 15 years later, my brother bought a house in the area (he was stationed in Colchester with the army). When he sent me his new address I thought it sounded oddly familiar, so I dug out my old address book - and, bizarrely, it was exactly the house I'd stayed in!

Author:  des2 [ Thu Jul 21, 2011 9:40 am ]
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Mike A wrote:
des2 wrote:
...also based on the exact area of that town where I was brought up...

I know that area a little too, Des. When I was a student at Essex Uni a couple of my friends lived in New Park Street, and I stayed with them briefly whilst resitting some exams. About 15 years later, my brother bought a house in the area (he was stationed in Colchester with the army). When he sent me his new address I thought it sounded oddly familiar, so I dug out my old address book - and, bizarrely, it was exactly the house I'd stayed in!


That's what I call synchronicity, if not retrocausality!
I am very grateful you shared that, Mike.
des

Author:  Pete [ Sat Jul 23, 2011 9:29 am ]
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The second four Campaign for Real Fear stories from #17:-

http://trumpetville.wordpress.com/2011/ ... four-more/

And I've updated the story index:-

http://trumpetville.wordpress.com/black ... ory-index/

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