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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2007 9:08 am 
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As Roy says, you can buy individual issues as back issues via the website – but I do need to go back and make a couple of changes to that because it's not right that Black Static should cost the same as older, much rarer TTAs (a couple of issues of which have been sold on ebay recently for much, much more). Email or PM me, Dave, and we'll arrange to get you a copy for the usual cover price plus postage, not a problem.

Btw, the current website was only ever meant to be temporary and we hope to get a much improved system (including shop) online one day soon, one that hasn't been bodged together by me.


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Review in The Fix here:-

http://thefix-online.com/reviews/black-static-2/


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Mark Watson is quick on the uptake, and reviews Black Static #2 on BestSF.

He calls "In the Hole" 'worth the price of admission alone', and that it 'lives up to the standard set by the premier issue' (whatever that standard was... :wink: ).

Now here's to hoping it'll show up on my doormat soon (which, I suspect, will be much delayed due to *all* mail in Holland slowing down to a crawl around the Christmas/New Year period).

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Hi

Does anyone know where I can get hold of a copy of BS2 in Manchester? My subscription ran out after issue 1 and I can't afford another one at the moment. I've looked all round but can't find anywhere that is stocking it (or Interzone for that matter). I asked in Forbidden Planet and they didn't know what was going on with it, but asked me to check what distributor you use in case it's the one they deal with, in which case they could see about getting it in.

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Manchester's terrible now. Waterstones in Deansgate have stopped selling magazines and I don't know any other local sources of IZ other than M&M 20 miles south in Macclesfield. (That does not mean there aren't any. If anyone does notice a Manchester newsagent with IZ, please let me know)

BS has no retail distribution beyond specialists like Transreal and Murder One.

Where are you in Manchester? You can contact me at roy1gray (at) yahoo (dot) co (dot) uk.


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Just finished reading Black Static #2.

First off, I think the themed artwork running through the magazine works very well, and the alternation of articles and stories also adds to the reading experience with Pete Tennant's and Tony Lee's columns being the most informative and enjoyable for me.

Thought the fiction this issue was more of a mixed bag. "In The Hole" was well-written but held no surprises for me. "The Serpent and the Hatchet Gang" seemed exactly what the bio information signposted it might be - an amalgamation of two stories that didn't gel for me as a reader (irritated me, in fact). "Must See To Appreciate" had an interesting twist, but hardly an original twist, and therefore was about as standard a 'horror' story as I might expect from 'lesser' magazines. And as for "Unknown", I could barely finish it; likewise "In The Shape of a Dragon" which just seemed tired and obvious.

Yet, Lynda Rucker's "Ash-Mouth" is absolutely brilliant. A perfect, well-rounded, mystifying and probably terrifying tale that pushes - properly - all the emotional buttons. With characters that you believe in, ambiguity which both puzzled and intrigued, and an ending which - although not unexpected - still sent a chill up my spine because of Rucker's skill to pull you into the story so that the ending mattered. Brilliant stuff. In fact, it was this skill that I found lacking in the other stories. They were like touching the surface, whilst with Rucker's story I was totally immersed.

Andy Humphrey's "Holding Pattern" would be my second favourite here. Again, it had a certain ambiguity which intrigued, rather than detracted. Won't say more in case I seem biased (given that I'm publishing him myself in February), but I thought both this and Rucker's story saved the issue.

Anyone else read it yet?


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I've not read it all, but I'll have to disagree with Andrew on "The Serpent and Hatchet Gang". I've just read that story and I love it! I found that the two ideas would not have been enough of their own. A story about a sea serpent wouldn't have done it for me (generally I'm not a big creatures fan). But when introduced into the mix of history, social comment and characters it's magic and moving.

And the story worked ver well in getting me to see things from the characters' perspective. This is quite an achievement, given how much I've been enjoying my assorted holiday tipples and would truly hate to see the 'serpent and hatchet gang' running amok on the Isle of Islay.

I would agree about "Ash-Mouth" however. Thought it was excellent.

Rosanne


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I've only just started reading the issue but I wanted to say how impressed I am with "In The Hole". I've been a fan of Lisa Tuttle's work for quite a while (even though I'm not familiar with Steven Utley's yet) so I just had to start with that particular story. I was struck by the sadness and bleakness of it all. I'm not sure if I would call it disturbing or moving, possibly both, but it definitely lingers in your mind.

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New review at Whispers here:-

http://www.ookami.co.uk/html/black_static__2.html


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Mike A wrote:
In my copy there appears to be some text missing on p2 - the 'Upcoming' box peters out prematurely, ending with "And we'll be introducing some new regular columnists as we go along, with a view to ultimately..." - and there it ends!


Will finish it tomorrow! :mrgreen:


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It's one of those horror genre things, where the writer is snatched by a tentacular ugly from another dimension in the middle of


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Don't think anybody has linked to this, and Colin kept it quiet. Don't know why, it's wonderful! :D

http://britishfiction.suite101.com/article.cfm/black_static_issue_2


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Andy,

I didn't keep it quiet, so much as posted it last night and just got back in from a soggy day in Bath (as opposed to a soggy day in the bath -- although the effect was the same), and am just catching up.

I'm glad you liked it. It's no more than it deserves.

It's a moot point whether you want Black Static to be known as a horror magazine; for some reason known only to themselves, Suite101 has two categories for 'sci-fi/fantasy' and nothing for horror. So I shoved it into 'British fiction,' which sounds quite posh and literary. :D

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Thanks Colin!

Modesty almost prevents it but I must link to the great Ed Gorman (scroll down):

http://newimprovedgorman.blogspot.com/


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Hi. Sorry to post the same question again, but I was wondering if Andy (ideally) could answer my question about getting Black Static in Manchester (thanks to Roy for his reply btw - I'm based in the city centre in answer to your question) as I can't afford a subscription at the moment and can't find a copy anywhere. Can anyone point me to somewhere that stocks it?

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