Electric Velocipede by John Klima
(Spilt Milk Press Spring 2006 / $4.00) - Electric Velocipede #10 - Edited by John Klima, PO Box 663, Franklin Park, NJ 08823.
Published twice a year by Spilt Milk Press. Single issues $4 – 4 issue, subscription $15
Table of Contents:
Novelettes: Jeremy Crow by Tim Akers * Jacket Jackson by Rick Bowes & Mark Rich Short Stories: The Way He Does It by Jeffrey Ford * The Navel of the Universe by Andre Oosterman * Il Duca di Cesena by Alistair Rennie * Travels Along an Unfurling Circular Path by Robert Freeman Wexler
This is the third issue of Electric Velocipede that I've received and it is a good one as usual. This is a magazine of very different kinds of stories and they mostly work very well.
The issue begins with "A Walking of Crows" by Tim Akers. In it, a young boy returns home to find his father brutally murdered and the records of his research gone. He starts an investigation which yields surprising results. The other novelette is "Jacket Jackson" by Richard Bowes and Mark Rich. This is a unique tale about a young drifter who comes into possession of a very special jacket and what this means to both another world and his own. This story reminded me a bit of R.A. Lafferty and I can pay it no higher compliment.
The rest of the issue consists of interesting short stories. "The Way He Does It" by Jeffery Ford is a wonderful little tale about a man who has a unique talent that he manages to exploit. This is the best story in the issue from a master of short fiction. "Il Duca di Casena" by Alastair Rennie is a set in 1584 and concerns an exorcist who is sent to determine if Il Duca Malatesta is possessed by the devil. What he finds unsettles him. "The Navel of the Universe" by Andre Oosterman concerns a man who returns to his native Bali, looking for something that might extend life. Lastly, "Travels Along an Unfurling Circular Path" by Robert Freeman Wexler takes us on a very strange journey.
I'd recommend this to those who like their fiction a little more experimental. It's well worth the price.
Shimmer - Vol. 1 Issue 4 by Beth Wodinski (Ed.)
(Beth Wodinski Fall 2006 / ) - Shimmer – Volume 1, Issue 3 – Spring 2006
Table of Contents: The Crow's Caw by Amal El-Mohtar * Oscar's Temple by Stephen L. Moss * Lucy and the Centaur by Chrissy Ellsorth * Always Greener by Paul Abbamondi * Bluebeard by Angela Slatter * Interview with Kevn J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta by Ken Scholes and Jen West * Gnome Season by Michael Livingston * On the Edge of the World by Marina T. Stern * Urban Renewal by Tom Pendergrass * A Fish Tale by Beverly Jackson * Contributors * Artists and Illustrations * Shimmery Staff * Cover Art Little Pearl by Chrissy Elsworth
Published 4 times a year by Beth Wodsinki, PO Box 58591, Salt Lake City, UT 84158-0591
The new issue of Shimmer is an excellent one with a very good crop of stories. It is also very nicely designed for a small press publication.
The first story is "The Crow's Caw" by Amal El-Mohtar. In it, three men tell stories speculating as to why a crow makes that distinctive sound. This is all witnessed by three crows who have a very amusing comment on their speculations. Stephen L. Moss contributes an amusing little tale called "Oscar's Temple." It's set in a small town with the usual small town problems. But this is on an Earth in which many different types of aliens have come to visit. All this makes for a thoroughly enjoyable story. "Lucy and the Centaur" by Chrissy Ellsorth is a cute little one page cartoon. "Always Greener" by Paul Abbamondi is the story of a man who goes to extraordinary lengths to compete with his neighbor. "Bluebeard" is Angela Slatter's modern take on the classic fairy tale.
In "Gnome Season", Michael Livingston gives us a story about a young boy who finds out his grandfather isn't crazy after all. "On the Edge of the World" by Marina T. Stern is an okay little story about a young orphan girl who weaves a fine shirt for a storyteller. Tom Pendergrass's "Urban Renewal" is a hilarious take on how a bureaucracy might deal with The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe. Lastly, "A Fish Tale" is a nice little prose poem by Beverly Jackson.
Shimmer really stands out in the small press magazine field and is well worth subscribing to.
Weird Tales #341 by
(Wildside Press Aug/Sept 2006 / ) - Weird Tales #341 – August-September 2006 – ISSN 0898-073
Table of Contents
Fiction: The Elixir of Youth by Brian Stableford * Firth Avenue Interlude by Richard Lupoff * Corpse's Wrath by Keith Taylor * Aftermath by Tina & Tony Rath * Conversation at the Tomb of an Unknown King by Richard Parks * Revival by Natalia Lincoln * Children of Moriah by Robert Weinberg * Blackwater Ghosts by Terry Sofian Features: The Eyrie * The Everlasting Barbarian: Robert E. Howard by Leo Grin Verse: A Cautionary Terzanelle by Joan Silsby * Creative Solution by Lee Strong * A Request of the Minstrel by Frederick S. Durbin * Dark Fantasy Film Festival by David Bain * The Hunli and the Kublevex
I have now grown quite accustomed to knowing that when I start to read an issue of Weird Tales that I am going to like every story. This issue lives up to that standard.
The first story is "The Elixir of Youth" by Brian Stableford. This is set in medieval times and concerns a young winemaker who finds a way to make wine that gives life-restoring properties. But the way he goes about this leads to disastrous results. "Firth Avenue Interlude" is a wonderful little reminiscence by Richard Lupoff about working as a young boy in a famous book store. There is not much fantasy but the story is so charming that you don't care. Keith Taylor's "Corpse's Wrath" is an adventure story about a thief who is given a very perilous job. "Aftermath" by Tina & Tony Rath is a great story about a dying hermit and an elderly Abbess who share a very famous past.
In "Conversation at the Tomb of an Unknown King", Richard Parks gives us a nice little tale about a wight who guards a tomb and a young man seeking his fortune. "Revival" by Natalia Lincoln reminds me of Manly Wade Wellman in its setting. A young girl encounters a haint underneath the stump of a 'Killing Tree' and must protect her family. Robert Weinberg contributes a chilling little story in "Children of Moriah" about a man who has a very distasteful job but very noble intentions for doing it. It's just the sort of high-quality that you'd expect from one of the masters of the field. Last of all, "Blackwater Ghosts" by Terry Sofian is a quiet little tale about a man who must recover dead bodies from deep waters for a living.
This is a great magazine that you should subscribe to or pick up at your local bookstore.
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