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Black Static #49 Nov/Dec 2015
Edited by Andy Cox
Cover Artist: Do Not Feed the Animal by Martin Hanford
Review by Sam Tomaino
TTA Press  ISBN/ITEM#: 1753-0709
Date: 27 November 2015

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Black Static #49 is here with stories by Ralph Robert Moore, Thana Niveau, Stephen Hargadon, Erinn L. Kemper, Tim Lees, and Simon Bestwick, together with the usual fascinating articles and reviews.

Black Static #49 is here and it's pretty good.

The fiction begins with "Dirt Land" by Ralph Robert Moore. -+- Audrey and Roy are a young couple in love but they live on a mountain where "not everything that gets born is human". When their child is born it has four legs and hooves. They name him Scowtt and love him, but he is not Roy's. He is the child of Roy's Uncle Hollis who has many similar children. Hollis make sure Roy knows it. Audrey's father tells Roy he will have little to like in this life until he goes to Dirtland where everything is beautiful. Grim and nasty and it will leave you feeling bad. Very effective horror.

"Going to the Sun Mountain" by Thana Niveau -+- Glacia and Lys are sisters on the run, killing men who show any interest in them. Lys appears to be albino and autistic, but she also has psychic powers to invade people's minds. Then, we find out about their past. Told from the viewpoint of Lys, a very well-drawn, an scary person.

"The Toilet" by Stephen Hargadon -+- Rio Snagg is felled by someone with a hammer outside of a pub called the Toilet. Detective Burroughs investigates but runs into trouble. I can't go into more detail but this on was very strange.

"Gramma Tells a Story" by Erinn L. Kemper -+- Nissi is living in a little house in Costa Rica and is visited by the owner's grandmother. Gramma tells Nissi her life story and helps her come to terms with hers. Poignant and touching.

"The Ice Plague" by Tim Lees -+- Paul works in a hospital where patients, including his wife Mary, are gradually shutting down and getting noticeably colder. Unsettling.

The fiction concludes with "The Climb" by Simon Bestwick. -+- After his wife's death, Bryan makes a difficult walk up a hill. OK.

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