Magazine Review: BLACK STATIC #53

details from the official Goodreads site. . . . . 

 

Black Static #53 (July-August 2016): Dark Fiction and Film (Black Static Magazine)

by Andy Cox EditorPriya Sharma (Goodreads Author)Steve Rasnic Tem(Goodreads Author)Kristi DeMeester (Goodreads Author)Harmony NealDanny RhodesStephen Hargadon (Goodreads Author)Charles Wilkinsonmore…
 3.8  ·   Rating Details ·  5 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
The July–August issue contains 'Inheritance, or The Ruby Tear', a novelette by Priya Sharma, plus stories by Steve Rasnic Tem, Harmony Neal, Kristi DeMeester, Danny Rhodes, Stephen Hargadon, and Charles Wilkinson. The cover art is by Tara Bush, with interior illustrations by Tara Bush and Richard Wagner. Features: Coffinmaker's Blues by Stephen Volk (comment); Notes From the Borderland by Lynda E. Rucker (comment); Case Notes by Peter Tennant (book reviews); Blood Spectrum by Gary Couzens (DVD/Blu-ray reviews). 

Cover Art: 
31036866'Transition' by Tara Bush 

Fiction: 

Inheritance, or The Ruby Tear by Priya Sharma 
illustrated by Tara Bush 

Breathing by Steve Rasnic Tem 
illustrated by Richard Wagner 

Dare by Harmony Neal 

The Rim of the World by Kristi DeMeester 

Tohoku by Danny Rhodes 

Mittens by Stephen Hargadon 
illustrated by Richard Wagner 

In the Frame by Charles Wilkinson 

Comment: 

Coffinmaker's Blues by Stephen Volk 

Notes From the Borderland by Lynda E. Rucker 

Reviews: 

Case Notes: Book Reviews by Peter Tennant 
THEMED ANTHOLOGIES: Reality Bites edited by Alex Davis, Dead Water edited by Len Maynard & Mick Sims, Jews Versus Zombies edited by Rebecca Levine & Lavie Tidhar, Darkest Minds edited by Ross Warren & Anthony Watson EPISODES FROM ANOTHER WORLD: Storylandia #15 by Julie Travis, Lost Cartographies by Cyril Simsa CLIVE BARKER: The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker, Midian Unmade edited by Joseph Nassise & Del Howison, Voices of the Damned by Barbie Wilde, Horrorology edited by Stephen Jones 

Blood Spectrum: DVD/Blu-ray Reviews by Gary Couzens 
The Witch, Penda's Fen, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Goosebumps, The Hound of the Baskervilles, That Cold Day in the Park, Journey to the Shore, Evolution, Night of Fear, Inn of the Damned, Me and My Mates vs the Zombie Apocalypse, The Club, Even Lambs Have Teeth, Cherry Tree, The Ones Below, Visions, Baskin, i-Lived, The Forest, Intruders
 

our review on Goodreads . . . . . 

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Michael J.'s review
Oct 02, 2016  

 
really liked it
bookshelves: horror 
Read from September 10 to 28, 2016

     The usual mix of quality horror stories with a literary bent that Black Static can be depended on to provide.
 
     The standout, and my favorite this issue, is "Breathing" by Steve Rasnic Tem where a widower is haunted by the sound of breathing. Tem can make a subconscious automatic action take on a life of its own. Runner-up to the Tem story is "Tohoku" by Danny Rhodes also about a widower who's trying to reconnect with his wife after a tsunami engulfs her.
 
     "Dare" by Harmony Neal is a disturbing tale of three bored, privileged teenage girls trying to out-do each other with grisly results. "In The Frame" by Charles Wilkinson is a strange accounting of yet another male widower (seems like a theme this issue) who visits an unusual members-only secretive art gallery.
 
     There are three other stories this issue, all good quality, along with the usual columns, book and movie reviews.

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