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Arrived in South Yorkshire today. I'll be reading it at the weekend.

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Arrived in Sussex yesterday. Won't have time before the weekend, but looking forward to it.

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Arrived in SW France today - perfect condition.

As for the cover, personally, I find envelopes far more scary than any creepy-crawlies - they tend to contain things like ...... BILLS.


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Whereabouts is Black Static on sale in London?
(Someone just asked me this, and I have no idea! :oops: )

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Nowhere now I'm afraid. It was in Murder One but that has closed.
Until Andy gets a distribution agreement, which may be close, it's subscription only or single issues from TTA or Transreal Books, Edinburgh, or (maybe) BBR.


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BBR should have it in stock any day now, andFantastic Literature carry it as well.

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Enjoyed this issue - first I've read for a while (I have a huge backlog of reading). Hard to pick stand-out stories, as they were all good, but I think Aliette de Bodard's "The Lonely Heart" and Al Roberton's extraordinary "Changeling" probably had the most impact for me. I found Stephen Volk's "Fear" clever and amusing, but wish I'd read it before Mike O'Driscoll's preceding editorial, which I'm sure caused me to anticipate where it was going more than I might otherwise have done.

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I also enjoyed this issue. But I have a request. Can you make it a better format for reading in the bath, please? :wink:

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Journeymouse wrote:
I also enjoyed this issue. But I have a request. Can you make it a better format for reading in the bath, please? :wink:

It must be more dangerous in e-book format!

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True :)

But I was finding "full magazine size" difficult to hold out of the water. Mass market paperbacks seem to be the perfect size ;)

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Hmm... maybe a laminated version... :D

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'Fear' was by far my favourite this issue, far more to it than its brevity would suggest. If ever there's a poll for favourites, that'd be one of mine. Not surprising really, 'Ghostwatch' is still with me to this day, damn that Pipes. I remember being terrified by it as a kid (weird how fear skips right into terrified when you're young).

Anyway, Stephen Volk's 'Fear' is up there with 'Something's Wrong with Pappy' and 'Special Needs' for me, though there have been many stories I've enjoyed.


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Halfway through so far and will post something overall once I've read the rest, but I've got to say that Volk's column - especially that final anecdote - was the best non-fiction I've read in ages. Gripping, intelligent stuff and a reminder of all that is best in life.


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My BS9 arrived in Split, Croatia two days ago. Great artwork as always.


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Hidden treasures...

I don't read Black Static in order, I skip back and forth, so it came as a very pleasing surprise to discover I'd missed a story. Changeling, by Al Robertson, was a delicious find when I thought the fun was over and is one of my favourites with Volk's, noted above. It may be because Goblin Market is one of my favourite poems - he has reowrked that text brilliantly, I feel. An effective use of intertextuality as it should be used - to enrich an already artful and well told story. Loved it.

I'll stop now, as a humble post is becoming a review. I'm going to leaf through all my other issues, see if I missed anything...


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