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Black Static


And, For My Next Trick

8th Jun, 2011

Author: Peter Tennant

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Black Static #23 is now at the printers, and Andy will be along shortly to post his usual teasers and whet your appetites, but in the meantime I can reveal that the Case Notes section weighs in at a bumper sixteen pages and is packed with reviewing goodness. Specifically we have:-

Looking For A Way Out: Tom Fletcher

In-depth reviews of the novels The Leaping and The Thing On the Shore, plus an interview with Tom in which he talks about werewolves and working in call centres. We also, thanks to the generosity of publishers Quercus, have a competition in which five lucky readers can win copies of the books simply by sending an email.

Dracula - New Blood in Old Skin

It's the centenary of Bram Stoker's death next year, and Oxford University Press have just reissued their World's Classics edition of Dracula. I review that, and then I review five more books that take the archetypal bloodsucker as their inspiration - Dracula's Guest: A Connoisseurs Collection of Victorian Vampire Fiction edited by Michael Sims, The Dracula Papers - Book 1: The Scholar's Tale by Reggie Oliver, Anno Dracula by Kim Newman, Dracula in Love by Karen Essex and The Mammoth Book of Dracula edited by Stephen Jones. After that I'm not sure how we can mark the actual centenary next year. Perhaps Andy will stump up for a medium and we can run our first posthumous interview.

The New Kid in Town

Turning the spotlight on new publisher Chômu Press with reviews of three recent story collections - I Wonder What Human Flesh Tastes Like by Justin Isis, The Man Who Collected Machen and Other Weird Tales by Mark Samuels and The Life of Polycrates and Other Stories for Antiquated Children by Brendan Connell.

Mr Barker's Band

A standalone review of The Painter, The Creature, and The Father of Lies, the new landmark collection of Clive Barker's non-fiction from Earthling Publications.

Odds & Sods

All the stuff that didn't get in elsewhere, and if one of them hadn't been a novelette/chapbook I would have called this section novellas. Reviews of Sparrowhawk by Paul Finch, Terra Damnata by James Cooper, Abolisher of Roses by Gary Fry, The Broken Man by Michael Byers and Homeschooling by Carol Guess.

That's seventeen books reviewed this issue and two of them by women, which takes our figures for the year so far to 17½ books by women out of a total of 48 reviewed, as opposed to 77 books received so far this year, with 11 of them by women.

Looking ahead for next issue I may go with an overriding theme of 'the animals went in two by two', as I seem to have quite a few authors - Conrad Williams, Tony Richards, Des Lewis, Terry Grimwood, David Wellington - with two books apiece waiting in the TBR pile, and this could be a good chance to 'double up' on some of those. I also have quite a few short story collections lying around. And I do have somebody in mind for featured author, but won't give their name here as it isn't a done deal as yet.

Looking even further ahead, I seem to have quite a few titles in hand with a historic setting - Roman times, the Vikings, Napoleonic Wars, the Old West, the Great Depression, WW2 - so a 'horror down the years' feature might well be in order for the October issue.

Okay, that's all.


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