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Author:  Andrew Hook [ Tue Oct 15, 2013 8:40 am ]
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Now had the chance to read Black Static. Very much enjoyed Stephen Volk's column - you could get a year's worth of columns from the advice to writers listed at the end :)

Personally the fiction veered too strongly on the traditional horror side this issue. I preferred Chris Fowler's subtle tale and "Apports" by Stephen Bacon to the other stories. The opening tale was too obvious from the start (albeit probably signposted by the accompanying art), "Day 12" had me skipping, and whilst both the VH Leslie and Ray Cluley stories were solidly told I couldn't quite engage with the characters - I do like things to be unexplained to the reader, but I also want the characters themselves to question the unexplained. Leslie's female protagonist seemed too accepting of what was in the attic, and likewise Cluley's girl with the 'festering' in the drawer. Still, that's me and my preferences. All the stories were well told and the interview with Nina Allen was as perfect as it could possibly be.

Author:  karswell [ Tue Oct 15, 2013 1:37 pm ]
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I welcomed the traditional horror, I have to admit that something that's fairly high on my list of things I look for in a horror story is... well... horror. That was well and truly evident in Stephen Bacon's story which makes it my favourite of the issue. (I do like subtle and understated horror but sometimes that can veer into "non-existent")

I agree with your comments about No Kill, No Pay and yes, the illustration did kinda give the game away even before you started reading. Don't completely agree with your comments on Ray's story though, I got the impression the thing in the drawer had been created by the girl (she certainly "fed" it) so she wouldn't question its existence. The Leslie story was probably too concerned with its wordplay to plug the plot holes. I liked Day 12 - a high concept that just about worked and enjoyed the Fowler story as a piece of quality writing and the subtlety :wink: of its horror.

All in all, the best issue for a while.

Author:  Ilan [ Tue Oct 15, 2013 3:15 pm ]
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Finished this last week and meant to comment on here, but just plain forgot... :?

I thought the standard this issue was quite high, and I zipped through the stories. I'd say Ray's story was my favourite this issue. Interesting what Andrew's saying about wanting the character to challenge the unexplained in some way. I thought that worked in this story, the ambiguity about her knowledge of this festering thing in her drawer, the acceptance of it, that was what made the story all the more creepy for me.

Author:  RossWarren [ Tue Oct 15, 2013 3:56 pm ]
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Ray assured me at a recent This Is Horror event that his story is in no way autobiographical. Bet he didn't give it to his colleagues to read though ;-)

Author:  Ray [ Mon Oct 21, 2013 9:05 am ]
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Thanks guys. And no, Ross, I didn't, even though one of my colleagues is part of my writing group. Didn't seem wise...

Author:  Stephen Volk [ Thu Nov 14, 2013 6:14 pm ]
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Thank you, Mr Hook!

Author:  Ray [ Wed Nov 27, 2013 3:23 pm ]
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"If there's one publication out there that can always be relied on to consistently deliver the goods, it's Black Static." ... z2lrMINVF4

Author:  Roy [ Wed Feb 26, 2014 10:36 am ]
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I seem to have missed adding Black Static 36 here but it is live on Smashwords and Kindle now
Also on Weightless

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