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 Post subject: BLACK STATIC 31
PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 3:15 pm 
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The Nov-Dec issue is at press and should mail out some time next week.

Three novelettes: Barbary by Jackson Kuhl, Steven J. Dines, and V.H. Leslie. Three slightly shorter stories by Sean Padraic Birnie, Steven Pirie, and James Cooper. The front and back cover art is by Richard Wagner, and interior illustrations are by Ben Baldwin, Vincent Sammy, Rik Rawling, and David Gentry. As usual, lots of in-depth book reviews by Peter Tennant, over 40 DVD/BDs reviewed by Tony Lee, and comment columns by Stephen Volk and Christopher Fowler.

Details, extracts and images will appear on the Current Issue page in a day or two.

Could I please ask current subscribers to check for a subscription reminder in issue 30 and renew promptly if necessary, so we can mail out your copy of BS31 with all the others? It costs three times as much to post otherwise. Thanks!

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


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 Post subject: Re: BLACK STATIC 31
PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2012 10:58 am 
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Issue 31, just landed on my porch floorboards this morning with a loud bang, crushing a Pizza Hut menu beneath it. =D>

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Arrived in dark, wet Cheltenham too :D

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 Post subject: Re: BLACK STATIC 31
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Arrived here too. Have been trying to work out who wrote the editorial about the BFS award. There aren't enough people in the photo (but I guess that's the point)!

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Here's a link to my ratings for 'Blood Spectrum' reviews:
http://pigasuspress.blogspot.co.uk/2012 ... -nerd.html

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 Post subject: Re: BLACK STATIC 31
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Got mine yesterday and the latest "Interzone", double whammy for that just printed smell, sniff, sniff.

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 Post subject: Re: BLACK STATIC 31
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Arrived in not so sunny Norfolk today.

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Arrived today (with Interzone & Crimewave 11) in sunny SW France.


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 Post subject: Re: BLACK STATIC 31
PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2012 4:58 pm 
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Read the opener, "Barbary", this afternoon and loved it. Such an evocative story!

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 Post subject: Re: BLACK STATIC 31
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A strong issue that I enjoyed very much. Who'd have thought that smoking mummies could be so fraught with danger..? (Not a spoiler I hope, given that it's the first line of the story).

Three of the stories were very, very similar in theme and the devices used, (the Birnie, Dines and Cooper), and I don't know if having them all in the same issue did them justice. That said, I think they were the strongest stories in there, the best in my opinion being Sister - but that might be because I read that one first...

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 Post subject: Re: BLACK STATIC 31
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A sublime issue with no weak story amongst the selection. I enjoyed them all but Barbary by Jackson Kuhl just edged out Skein and Bone by V.H.Leslie as my favourite. It had a wonderful style and evocation of setting. The Leslie had beautiful characterisation and again the setting was wonderfully described but I felt the ending to be a little obvious and think a little more ambiguity would have served it better.

The non-fiction content was as sublime as ever and the artwork just keeps getting stronger in my opinion. Also really loving the new format; easier to read and looks great on the shelf. And don't get me started on the wonderful smell as you release it from it's polythene embrace.

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 Post subject: Re: BLACK STATIC 31
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I agree. I thought this was a great issue. I also thought Barbary was my particular favourite story of the lot. Wonderfully distinctive and colourful voice, convincingly evoking the time period. I could have read a whole novel of it!

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 Post subject: Re: BLACK STATIC 31
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Couple of reviews at Tangent.

http://www.tangentonline.com/print--bi- ... v-dec-2012

I've not read them yet as I'm still reading the magazine, so I've no idea if either review is good or not, but I did notice V.H. Leslie has become D.H. Leslie in one of them. #-o

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 Post subject: Re: BLACK STATIC 31
PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 11:33 am 
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BS31 competitions close tomorrow!


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 Post subject: Re: BLACK STATIC 31
PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 1:45 pm 
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Congratulations to the following winners, drawn at random from a hat. To everybody else, better luck next time!

We Are The Night DVD
Matthew Lenny
Alex Catling
Mark Curtis

Excision Blu-ray
John Oakley
Matthew Dent
Tom Reynolds

Your discs will be with you shortly. I hope you enjoy them.


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