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Fantasy Magazine #53 - August 2011
Edited by John Joseph Adams
Cover Artist: Laura Diehl
Review by Sam Tomaino
Fantasy Magazine  
Date: 30 August 2011

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Fantasy Magazine #53, has stories by Cory Skerry, Nisi Shawl, Laura Anne Gilman, and Michael Swanwick, along with Author Spotlights on all of them (and an Artist Spotlight of cover artist Laura Diehl, and non-fiction articles by Saladin Ahmed, Abby Goldsmith, and Genevieve Valentine, along with a Feature Interview with Seanan McGuire by Paul Goat Allen.

Fantasy Magazine #53, is an online magazine. It works just like Lightspeed. You can find the issue and how to pay (or not) for it at With this issue, I am instituting a policy of only reviewing original stories. This online magazine has two.

"The World is Cruel, My Daughter" by Cory Skerry as told by a woman raising her daughter in a tower away from the world. She tells her daughter that people would want her hair. She kills the young men who talk to her from the bottom of the tower and saves their eyes. Since the daughter's hair is very long, this has a familiar ring but a very different conclusion. Skerry gives us a nice little twist on an old story.

In "Crossroads" by Laura Anne Gilman, a man named John comes upon two other men at a crossroads. One of the men is wearing black and is about to hang the other man, who gives his name as Benjamin West. The man in black warns John to stay out of it, but John has some ideas of his own. This was a good little dark fantasy story with some very imaginative concepts.

The fifty-third issue of Fantasy Magazine was another good one. Check it out at their web site at and support them in some way.

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