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Author:  Ali_L [ Wed Feb 23, 2011 9:11 am ]
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Just got mine last night. Looks lovely, despite being all crumpled up in the letterbox...

Agreed, the non-fiction is terrific, and a great interview with Angela Slatter. Really enjoyed the James Cooper story - haven't read any more yet.

Now, I just need to write a story about what happens to evil postmen... :twisted: :D

Author:  DennisB [ Wed Feb 23, 2011 12:05 pm ]
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Arrived today in (wet, grey and thoroughly miserable) SW France.

Author:  Rolnikov [ Wed Feb 23, 2011 3:14 pm ]
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I hadn't heard about the Penguin Mini Moderns till reading the White Noise piece - I've just treated myself to the box set of them. The Penguin 60s and children's 60s were brilliant.

Author:  Pete [ Wed Feb 23, 2011 5:57 pm ]
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A bargain:- ... 771&sr=1-1

And a great way to boost the number of books read in a year :lol:

Author:  Roy [ Wed Feb 23, 2011 6:43 pm ]
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Macclesfield today.

Author:  Ray [ Fri Feb 25, 2011 3:18 pm ]
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Cushing was superb, as usual. I'm going to have to stop reading Cooper, it's depressing how good he is.

Author:  Ali_L [ Sat Feb 26, 2011 2:04 pm ]
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Read Pins and Needles the other night - loved it. My favourite of the issue I think. :D

Author:  des2 [ Sat Feb 26, 2011 9:34 pm ]
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My real-time review: ... static-21/

Author:  Ilan [ Sun Feb 27, 2011 6:40 pm ]
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Losing oneself in an issue of Black Static is always an otherworldly experience, and this issue was no exception. Dysfunctional relationships, classic Gothic horror and the usual element of weird.

For me, 'Pins and Needles' was far and away the best story of the issue, with a both touching and disturbing portrait - believable and creepy.

Author:  Lawrence Conquest [ Tue Mar 01, 2011 8:45 am ]
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Only read 'Ulterior Design' so far, but for someone's first piece of fiction it's amazingly slick. Good stuff.

Author:  gileadslostson [ Tue Mar 01, 2011 6:03 pm ]
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Appeared in a Viennese postfach this morning :wink:

Author:  Lawrence Conquest [ Wed Mar 02, 2011 2:04 am ]
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'Pins and Needles' was the undoubted highlight of the issue for me. A truly horrifying and vivid character study that somehow slid smoothly into a very funny finale without missing a beat. Brilliant.

Author:  Ray [ Wed Mar 02, 2011 8:48 am ]
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Thank you for your kind comments, those who liked Pins and Needles. :oops:

Author:  Andrew Hook [ Thu Mar 03, 2011 4:37 pm ]
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Just finished reading Black Static #21. As always, I can't fault the columns or the reviews. Brilliant stuff.

As for the fiction:

"Ulterior Design" - thoroughly enjoyed this, suitably spooky and effective. I totally empathised with the main character feeling that the girlfriend and baby-to-be were taking over the house, and this being mirrored by the 'effects' of the wallpaper. Bit of a typical 'horror' ending, but forgiveable for that.

"Pins And Needles" - Liked the way this was going, the back story, the set-up etc, but for me the ending pushed too far into the comic and absurd. I guess the realism of the protagonist's situation didn't continue into the ending and quite a lot of time was invested setting up the situation which became a 'prick' gag ;) Written well, of course.

"Water" - enjoyed what was there, but there wasn't enough.

"Extraneus Invokat" - no idea what the title means, but this was my favourite story. I love the unexplained elements - the 'stranger' referred to in the newspaper article - and there being no apparent reason for the transformations. Again, like the first story, the final moment of horror is a little cliche, but then I'm a slipstreamer and the rest of the story does it for me.

Likewise with "Cushing", another great story. Cooper's dysfunctional family stories are getting familiar, but not to the extent that he doesn't bring anything new to the table on each occasion. Well-told, with the Hammer Horror scenes nicely rendered and fitting perfectly, this tale is a perfect conclusion to another stonking issue of the magazine.

Author:  paulbradshaw [ Fri Mar 04, 2011 11:45 am ]
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I can't believe the first story is her first work of fiction, it was brilliant, well done.

As for the Pins and Needles, I can't agree at all, it was just a silly story about a childish youth who can't grow up, not believable at all, utter rubbish.

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