It's that time of the month folks (OK that time of every second month) when the best Horror Magazine in the world is ready to drop through your letter box. This is a statement that I don't make lightly. Black Static is the best magazine for horror fiction, horror interviews and reviews of horror fiction and film. All topped of with two excellent columns from Stephen Volk and Lynda E. Rucker
It was only three issues ago that the fabulous Christopher Fowler announced that he was no longer able to write for Black Static, due to work commitments. I for one was rather saddened as his columns was always entertaining and insightful. So when the torch was passed to Lynda E. Ruckner I waited with baited breath hoping that she could fill the void left by Chris.
Two issues later and it is clear that Lynda has not only filled the void, but made this column her own. In this issue Lynda starts a multi issue column that looks as though it is going to be not only entertaining but somewhat incendiary. In it she discusses a problem that has been at the core of horror fiction since time began. The self ghettoisation of the genre itself. The article raise many excellent points, and cleverly leaves many of these points unanswered. Do I agree with what she has to say? Not completely, however I will leave judgement until she explores the topic more fully in future issues.
Stephen Volk delivers yet another fantastic article. In Coffinmaker's Blues Stephen explores the role and significance of interpretation with regards to the genre, As is always the case this column shows the vast amount of knowledge and respect Stephen has for the genre. The main thrust of the column is centered on Dennis Potter, and hows his work has been viewed by the public. It is full of fascinating insights into this amazing man and his work, and I for one felt i had learned a great deal about him from this commendable column.
As is to be expected from this excellent magazine, the reviews section is first class. the reviews are well balanced, well thought out and extremely well written. If you are looking for a benchmark to base your reviews on, then these are the ones to set them against. As a side note it was a great joy to see that one of the reviews basically came to the same conclusion as I did about a certain book. I won't say which one, you'll have to buy the magazine to find out for yourself.
However what sets this magazine apart from many other genre publications is the quality and diversity of the fiction it publishes in every issue. In the year or so I have been reading this magazine I haven't come across a single bad story. This issue is no different. Special mention must be given to Isaac's Room by Daniel Mills, and The Monster Makers by Steve Rasnic Tem