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Bull Spec #6 - Autumn 2011
Edited by Samuel Montgomery-Blinn
Cover Artist: Jeremy Zerfoss
Review by Sam Tomaino
Bull Spec Magazine  ISBN/ITEM#: 2152-5234
Date: 25 July 2011

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Bull Spec.#6 is here with stories by Stuart Jaffe, Dale Mettam, Tim Connolly, Amber D. Sistla, and Kenneth Schneyer, along with some nice interviews and reviews, the second part of a graphic story, five poems and some other stuff.

Well, here we have Bull Spec #6, a magazine that has grown with each issue. This was another goodone.

The fiction begins with "Perchance" by Stuart Jaffe, a distinctly different bit of writing. Carrie loves her husband Hal, but his snoring drives her nuts. She decides to just stay up all night and not sleep at all. On the fourth such night, she hears a voice. This is the beginning to an unusual change to her life and a great start to the issue.

"We Don't Do Quests" by Dale Mettam is an amusing little tale, set in a bar in a fantasy world. Jandar and Grau are two adventurers explaining to an old man who wants to hire them what jobs they won't do. He finally finds out what they will do.

In "Selling Home" by Tina Connolly, Penny lives in some future world where people like her are stuck on a Bridge with many levels. She sees other young people living in bubbles and thinks their life is better. She tries to take care of her brothers so that their life is better than hers. All this comes together for an imaginative and compelling story.

"Fadeout" by Amber D. Sistla is a beautiful, bittersweet tale, first focusing on a boy's quest to see a painting by his favorite artist before it fades out after too many people have seen it. He achieves that goal but at a price. Amber Sistla is a talented writer and I'll be keeping an eye on her in the future.

The fiction concludes with "Less Than Absent" by Kenneth Schneyer. When demonstrating a device that can measure the number of people in a building from outside, our narrator sees an anomaly. A building was empty. Two people walked in. Three people walked out. Things get even stranger from there. A clever little story to end this section.

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