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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, has stories by Megan Arkenberg, Jonathan Lethem, Carrie Vaughan, and James Alan Gardner along with Author Spotlights on all of them, and an Artist Spotlight of cover artist Jennifer Mei, and non-fiction articles by David Brothers, David Salo and John Baur and Mark Summers, along with a Feature Interview with Brandon Sanderson by Leigh Butler.

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 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 and support them in some way.

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