Black Static 22 Out Now
The images on the cover are, from left to right, stills from I Saw The Devil, Wake Wood, and Sweatshop.
The Salt of Eliza by Alan Wall
illustrated by Ben Baldwin
Credulous. That’s the word that’s been used about me, more than once. Open-minded is the term I prefer. Only credulous people once believed the earth spun round the sun. Only the credulous once thought any human being would ever set foot on the moon. The Romans would have called you credulous if you’d said a basilica could ever get built with stone arches that had points at the top.
Durgen's Party by Tim Lees
illustrated by Mark Pexton
He’d stopped a moment to buy cigarettes and when he turned back she’d forgotten him. Her face was blank. Her mouth hung open. She was staring at the neon sign reflected in the wet road, watching as it changed from red to blue and back again. He called her name. She didn’t stir. He went across and shook her, hard, three times, until he saw the life snap back into her eyes.
Black Feathers by Alison J. Littlewood
illustrated by Rik Rawling
There was a raven at the edge of the woods. It was huge – even its beak looked as long as Mia’s fingers. She stared at it and Little Davey laughed at her. Mia wrinkled her nose. Little Davey was younger than her by a year, but he wasn’t that little anymore. He was as tall as she was and twice as loud, and he rode a bike much quicker than she could. He stood in front of her now, him and Sam Oakey and Jack Harris from down the road, and Sarah Farnham who was more like a boy than one of the boys. Mia stared at the raven. She didn’t want to go into the woods, could smell its rank green warmth even from here. It was loaded with dark, with mystery, with her brother’s mocking laughter as he turned his bike towards the trees.
This is Mary's Moon by Steven Pirie
illustrated by Dave Senecal
Mary’s world smells of damp grass. It’s late evening in the park, and Mary’s on her knees, her face pushed down into the soil, her rear arched upwards. / Mary shivers. She’s not fond of this position. She can’t see if he has a hint of disgust on his face. Such a look is all that makes her hope they’re human. And it’s hard even to kid herself she has the barest control of things bent down this way. But few of the girls will do it like this – even with Mrs Anderson’s beatings – and he’s paying Mary well for her submission. The little extra Mary can hide away from Mrs Anderson is the difference between a proper meal tonight and the slop of the Refuge. Face down, most of all it worries Mary she can’t see the moon.
Child by Simon Kurt Unsworth
I step to the doorway as the sound echoes in the chill air, orchestral and layered around me. My naked flesh ripples with goose bumps, what I can hear and the midnight cold making the hairs across my arms and chest rise in an attempt to trap the frigid atmosphere and warm it. I take another step away from my bedroom and the sound clarifies, tautens. It keens, this sound, is a swooping thing of sharpness and inexorability. I look around, hoping for an open window, hoping that it is a cat tearing the night open with its cries, but all are closed.
horror news compiled by Peter Tennant
Coffinmaker's Blues by Stephen Volk
Arthur C. Clarke spent a long time co-writing the screenplay of 2001 only for Stanley Kubrick to belittle his input, saying later that the film was “essentially a non-verbal experience”. Epic fail, Mr Kubrick.
Interference by Christopher Fowler
I think I am finally going mad. As I get older, everything that other people find enjoyable, I seem to find awful. No, beyond awful. Unwatchable, unreadable, uninvolving, stupid beyond belief.
Case Notes by Peter Tennant
book reviews: Burying Brian by Steven Pirie (with interview), The Render of the Veils by Ramsey Campbell, Christmas with the Dead by Joe R. Lansdale, Field by Tom Fletcher, Lexicon by Christopher Burns, What They Hear in the Dark by Gary McMahon, Dark Minds ed by Ross Warren (win copies), The End of the Line ed Jonathan Oliver, Haunted Legends ed by Ellen Datlow & Nick Mamatas, Blind Swimmer by Eibonvale Press authors, Sylvow by Douglas Thompson, Unpleasant Tales by Brendan Connell, Frankenstein's Prescription by Tim Lees (with interview), Transparent Lovers by Scott Nicholson, Pain by Harry Shannon, Old Order by Jonathan Janz
Blood Spectrum by Tony Lee
DVD/Blu-ray reviews: And Soon the Darkness, Bathory, Death Notice – Ikigami, Marchlands, Phenomena, Saw: The Final Chapter, The Beyond, Savage, Age of the Dragons, Husk, Island of Death, Primevil, Demon Empire, Wake Wood, Blooded, Caged, The Last Lovecraft, Prowl, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets's Nest (win copies), Monsters (win copies), Rubber, Tekken, Chain Letter, The Door (win copies)
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