Black Static #48 – Sep/Oct 2015
Edited by Andy Cox
Cover Artist: Splinterwing by Martin Hanford
Review by Sam Tomaino
TTA Press Magazine ISBN/ITEM#: 1753-0709
Date: 27 September 2015
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Black Static #48 is here and it's another good one.
The fiction begins with "Distinguished Mole" by Jeffrey Thomas -+- Young Dr. Bendo thinks he can get more respect if he had a mole on his face like the older doctors. When an old monk with a really impressive mole dies, he uses cultures from it and injects one into his face. He grows a mole pretty quickly. But it keeps growing. Then things take a very bizarre turn. Liked the way this story "just growed"!
"Bandersnatch" by Stephen Bacon -+- Our narrator has returned home after an absence of 10 years to be with his sister after their mother's death. As this brief story develops, we find out why he left and much about their relationship. Then, things take a very nasty turn. Well done!
"The Suffering" by Steven J. Dines -+- Julie has begun to see her daughter, Christa, who died a year ago at the age of six. She also senses something else that seeks to harm Christa's ghost. But she does not fully understand the situation. Really disturbing.
"Blood for Your Mother" by Andrew Hook -+- Miriam Hubbard has returned home after many years. Both her parents had pushed her away for no reason that she knows. Now, her mother is dead and her father is in bad shape. She wants to get social services help but needs her father's consent. Finally, totally lucid, he tells her the truth. This was a real twist which I will not spoil but say that it makes this a great story.
The fiction concludes with "When the Moon Man Knocks" by Cate Gardner. -+- Olive cannot accept the fact that her fiancé, Ben, is dead. At first they said that he had six months. Then, he didn't even have that. She is convinced he is just somewhere else. A man named Hector contacts her and says he is on the Moon, where all dead go. Then she is contacted by a woman named Siobhan who claims she had a relationship with Ben. She gets messages on paper birds. All leading to a chilling climax. Good but a little long.