Fantasy Magazine #54 - September 2011
Edited by John Joseph Adams
Cover Artist: Jennifer Mei
Review by Sam Tomaino
Fantasy Magazine Magazine
Date: 27 September 2011
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Fantasy Magazine #54, is an online magazine. It works just like Lightspeed. You can find the issue and how to pay (or not) for it at www.fantasy-magazine.com. Beginning with the August issue, I instituted a policy of only reviewing original stories. As usual, this magazine has two.
"Lessons from a Clockwork Queen" by Megan Arkenberg is a rich and amusing fantasy involving a clockwork queen (actually, two of them), the women responsible for winding them up, a spider named Mephitopheles and various other characters. It is actually a series of vignettes, each with their own lesson that form a larger story. This was a lot of fun and a delight to read.
"Three Damnations: A Fugue" by James Alan Gardner is three stories which intertwine. The first story is called "Danny" and is a horror story about a young man who kills his girlfriend, Mandy but is haunted by her. The second story "Graham" is science fiction. Graham had loved Mandy when they were kids and uses a time machine to go back in time and win her over. The third story, "Mandy" is a fantasy involving magic that Mandy performs to bring back both Danny and Graham. These all make for an interesting narrative and a masterful combination of genres.
The fifty-fouth issue of Fantasy Magazine continued the quality of the magazine. Check it out at their web site at www.fantasy-magazine.com and support them in some way.