Just finished reading this issue. Was a little behind as I read half at work and then didn't go to work for ten weeks (long story) before returning and being able to read it again.
All the columns, book reviews, and DVD reviews were excellent and illuminating. They really make the magazine a thoroughly enjoyable read.
"Piano Man" - a very strong story, with some evocative imagery. Ultimately, perhaps too obvious, but what the hell, I enjoyed it anyway.
"The Chair" - Well written, but perhaps too allegorical for me.
"Washer Woman" - Not bad, but didn't grab me. Wasn't keen on the accompanying artwork either, so perhaps my reaction to the story was tainted by that...
"Vic" - great story. Got the Frankenstein reference early on, but this added a layer rather than taking one away. Quite terrifying, if you really think about it.
"Because Your Blood Is Darker Than Mine" - Epic in many ways, with all the little touches coming together very strongly. Very disconcerting, surreal in places, but ultimately believeable which was it's strength.
"Eastlick" sneaks in front as my favourite in this issue. There's something inevitable about Lara becoming embroiled with Dana, and unlike lesser stories I cared about her enough to want to shout at her not to enter the house. The point where she's picked up again by Dru almost flips the story on its head, but her swift defiance and the realisation of her possibilities grounds it again. The final paragraph hammers it all home.