Magazine Reviews in Black Static
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Author:  Pete [ Thu Sep 01, 2011 4:22 pm ]
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I've been wondering for some time now if we should have the occasional horror magazine review in Black Static. I didn't in the past, as The Fix had it covered, but that appears to have fallen by the wayside.

I'd imagine something like one per issue, or the occasional cluster under the Case Notes umbrella.

Thoughts anyone?

Author:  Ray [ Thu Sep 01, 2011 4:38 pm ]
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Excellent idea, especially as many readers will be writers, so the more exposure of other magazines the better regarding scoping a potentially new venue.

Also I'm a sucker for the short story form and would like to see the support of other markets in this way as there isn't an awful lot out there with the staying power of TTA publications. A good review could lead to increased sales making the magazine happy, writers happy, and readers! And the naff ones shouldn't be wasting our time, so deserve the review too. (Or maybe I'm giving reviews too much power in that little scenario...?)

Are you thinking just horror story magazines or horror in a wider genre sense?

Author:  Pete [ Thu Sep 01, 2011 4:49 pm ]
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Ray wrote:-
A good review could lead to increased sales

No, no, no - the idea is to trash the opposition :twisted:

I'm thinking primarily of short story magazines, but wouldn't rule out the occasional foray into the non-fiction side of horror publishing.

Author:  Ray [ Fri Sep 02, 2011 8:01 am ]
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Black Static already trashes the opposition by being so much better :lol:

Author:  Andrew Hook [ Fri Sep 02, 2011 8:34 am ]
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I think it would be an interesting addition to the current review section. If it's just one per issue, however, maybe it could be accompanied with a mini-interview or mag background info. "Magazine Spotlight" for example?

Author:  Ali_L [ Fri Sep 02, 2011 8:44 am ]
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It might be interesting to see some horror mags reviewed.

Don't really mind, though, as I'm kind of attached to the reviews format the way it is.

But maybe I'm just an owd stick-in-the-mud. :D

So an either-way vote, which I would add to the poll, but my computer won't let me. It's bossy like that.

Author:  Pete [ Fri Sep 02, 2011 11:16 am ]
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Yesterday Ray wrote:-
Black Static already trashes the opposition by being so much better

And today he has another story listed in Acceptances... :wink:

Andrew wrote:-
maybe it could be accompanied with a mini-interview or mag background info. "Magazine Spotlight" for example?

I did consider that, but while it's fine in theory not too sure about the practicality, partly for reasons of space, but also because my review might not be flattering, which could make interviewing the editor a bit iffy.

I have the same consideration with the author feature, and some of the people I interview are actually second or (once) third choices, simply because I didn't like the first choice as much as I expected to. I don't want to put myself in the situation where I interact with somebody during an interview and then, when the magazine turns up, they find that I've trashed the book. It seems slightly underhand to me.

With magazines, I'd prefer not to be inundated with titles, as I am with books. Rather, my feeling is that the right way to proceed is to ask a publisher to send something on the understanding that it will be reviewed, though not with any guarantee of a favourable result.

Of course we do have the option to follow up/expand on any review by posting material to the website.

Author:  Ray [ Fri Sep 02, 2011 11:51 am ]
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The acceptance was already there, honest. :oops:

Author:  Michael Kelly [ Sat Sep 03, 2011 12:57 pm ]
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I'd love to see some horror magazines reviewed. I'm always on the lookout for a good horror magazine. Assuming there are any out there other than Black Static.

Author:  Robert [ Wed Sep 07, 2011 12:44 pm ]
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A thumbs up from me for horror magazines to be reviewed in Black Static. Its very possible many of your readers are unaware of the existance of other magazines . I'm sure readrers would welcome news of their existance along with review of contents.

Author:  Paul Woodward [ Mon Sep 12, 2011 8:36 pm ]
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Sounds like a good idea to me, but I'd prefer you not to reduce the space for the stories as a result?

Author:  Pete [ Tue Dec 06, 2011 12:51 pm ]
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We have Morpheus Tales pencilled in for April 2012 and Shadows & Tall Trees for June.

I don't want to get too far ahead of myself here, but if anyone has a magazine that won't be antiquated by August and they can get a copy to me by mid-July (either hard or an e-copy), then the August 2012 slot is going spare.

A reminder - the magazine's content has to be mainly, though not exclusively, focused on horror and I will consider online publications.

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