Black Static 23
The images on the cover are a crop from Rik Rawling's illustration for 'Time Keeping' and a still from the film Agnosia.
Sadly there is no contents spread this issue. We needed to find two extra pages somehow!
Time Keeping by V.H. Leslie
illustrated by Rik Rawling
Monday, 11:29amTime waits for no man. But Howard wasn’t just any man and Time would wait if it had to. Howard didn’t like to keep it waiting if he could help it. In fact, the only time he had kept Time waiting was June 5th 2006 and that was only for 5 minutes and 45 seconds while he, agitated and bewildered, ran through darkened streets back to his flat, then around his workshop hastily setting in motion the mechanisms to resume it once more.
Hail by Daniel Kaysen
illustrated by Rik Rawling
I was five minutes from home on Friday evening when the sky opened and sheet rain fell. / I ducked under a shop’s canopy, to get out of the downpour. A girl in a padded coat and a woollen hat followed in behind me, and the two of us stood in silence watching as the torrents filled the gutters, drenching the people who hadn’t yet found shelter. Then the sound of the rain changed, and the clatter of hailstones took over. / I like hail. It is a clean, decisive kind of weather. / It focuses the mind. / I looked at the girl
Electric Dreams by Carole Johnstone
illustrated by Richard Wagner
5:37 District Line, Westbound to Ealing BroadwayEyes closed. Vibrations climbing foot to ankle to shin to groin. Warmth. A slow creep inside tired bones. Always damp, always thick; always richer in sound. Rattles and voices; shouts and coughs. Squeezed brakes. Rustling papers. Adenoidal announcements in familiar voices – old friends. A dry morning topside. Only bacon, deodorant, perfume and grime. Coffee. A lurch against glass. Cold wet through to his scalp. Condensation. He opened his eyes.
World Horror Convention 2011/Black Static Contest Winner:
The Harvesting of Jackson Cade by Robert Davies
illustrated by Mark Pexton
When Jackson Cade woke and felt his right lung missing, he knew the Harvesters had come again. A cold iron emptiness filled his right side. No, not really emptiness. The Harvesters never simply took; they always left something behind. A strange, gelid weight throbbed where his lung had been, shivering with each frantic pump of his heart.
For Their Own Ends by Joel Lane
Barry’s walk home from the library nearly took him to the crematorium, though that was miles out of his way. It was a hot day, and dust was shimmering above the crowded road. Something he’d read in the papers had disturbed him – afterwards, he couldn’t recall what. When the air suddenly felt too dense to breathe, he assumed that was another effect of his mood. The pain spreading across his chest to his left arm was obviously indigestion brought on by eating his breakfast too quickly, eager to get out of the house. When a few people gathered around him to ask if he was all right, Barry wanted to say that he was fine, they didn’t have to worry. But he had no voice.
horror news compiled by Peter Tennant
Coffinmaker's Blues by Stephen Volk
There is a fondness, an obsession, we horror aficionados have for the famous monsters and fright night fiends created by other writers before us. Who knows why they appeal to us in that special way, but they do: the white zombies, graveyard ghouls and ravaged phantoms often portrayed by outstanding actors from Chaney Sr to Peter Cushing, re-lived, re-imagined and carried by us avid fans of the genre into adulthood.
Interference by Christopher Fowler
Film sits uneasily between art and entertainment. The line is further blurred by Christian Marclay’s astonishing tour-de-force The Clock, which is currently touring the country.
Night's Plutonian Shore by Mike O'Driscoll
Back in issue #5, I wrote about the way horror fiction treats the fear of death. I’ve just finished reading a work of nonfiction that examines one aspect of the fear of nonexistence I didn’t touch on: the extent to which humankind has sought refuge from this metaphysical dread in the prospect of life after death. In The Immortalization Commission: Science and the Strange Quest to Cheat Death (Penguin, 2011), political philosopher John Gray explores the reaction of a group of late nineteenth/early twentieth century thinkers to the implications of Darwin’s theories, specifically the idea that humans were not made in God’s image and were therefore subject to the same laws of nature and faced the same fate as other animals. This was a deeply unsettling and, for many thinkers, a simply intolerable prospect.
Case Notes: Book Reviews by Peter Tennant
Looking For a Way Out: Tom Fletcher In depth reviews of The Leaping and The Thing on the Shore, plus author interview and a chance to win a copy of both novels • Dracula: New Blood in Old Skin OUP's new edition of Bram Stoker's Dracula plus five other related novels/anthologies • The New Kid in Town A focus on Chômu Press and three of their latest titles • Mr Barker's Band The Painter, The Creature, and The Father of Lies, a collection of non-fiction and art by Clive Barker • Odds and Sods Stand-alone reviews of various other novels and novellas
Blood Spectrum: DVD/Blu-ray Reviews by Tony Lee
Coverage of current and forthcoming releases including Chatroom, Confessions, Enter the Void, Time Traveller, Salon Kitty, Black Swan, Spartacus: Blood and Sand, Trackman, The Bird With the Crystal Plumage, Fertile Ground, Red Canyon, Stanley Kubrick: Visionary Filmmaker Collection, Agnosia, Fading of the Cries, 5150 Elm's Way, Psalm 21, Seconds Apart, Zombie Undead, Cross, Cross of Iron, Apocalypse Now, Demons Rising, Eaters, Red Hill, Needle, Trail of the Screaming Forehead, Witchfinder General, Savage Streets, Neighbor, The New York Ripper
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