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REVIEW – Black Static issue 17, June-July 2010

October 13, 2010

SF Signal were kind enough to put up with my review of the summer issue of Black Static magazine.

It was an interesting experience reading this issue as it came out of the gate with two incredibly strong pieces; Stephen Volk’s column on the role of children in Horror is superb and the first installment of McHugh and Fowler’s Campaign for Real Fear contains some utterly brilliant little stories.  However, because these two pieces were so good I could not help but be underwhelmed by the rather weak and unimaginative fiction that made up the bulk of the issue.  However, as ever with TTA Press titles, the excellent non-fiction justifies the price on the cover alone and Tennant and Lee’s columns easily stopped the entire issue from dipping below the quality horizon.  I’ve just started issue 18 and, mercifully, the quality of the stories is much much higher.

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