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Abyss & Apex Issue 59: 3rd Quarter 2016
Edited by Wendy S. Delmater
Review by Sam Tomaino
Abyss & Apex  
Date: 25 July 2016

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Abyss & Apex #59 is here with stories by Douglas J. Lane, Bud Sparhawk and Cat Rambo, Alter S. Reiss, David Shieh, and Emil Terziev as well as a Flash Fiction by Lee Budar-Danoff.

The newest issue of online magazine Abyss And Apex is #59 and it's a joy to read!

The fiction begins with "The Golem-Maker of Buchenwald" by Douglas J. Lane. -+- In the late 1970s, Ira Gerstmann is hired by a man named Sheffer from the Israeli Department of the Interior to make a golem, something he has done before. He stopped when one of them had committed murder. Sheffer wants one for a Holocaust survivor who has written much on it who lives in Rio de Janeiro. He needs money and is convinced to do it. It is shipped down to Brazil. Ira later hears a story which make him wonder what had been the real reason for the golem. Good solid story.

"Haunted" by Bud Sparhawk and Cat Rambo is a novella, unusual for this magazine. -+- The Thistledown Project had been an attempt by humanity to find intelligent life far out in the galaxy. Some ships never returned and the others had returned with no results. Finally, interest had waned and the ships that had returned were all clustered in an area of space known as the Graveyard. Our narrator is a man who has volunteered to be stationed alone on a space station near the Graveyard with the job of seeing that the abandoned derelicts stayed where they should be. His only company is a semi-intelligent cat. The previous occupant had disappeared without a trace. What had happened to them? When our narrator starts hearing a voice, that sounds an ominous warning. And what's that blue light that might be a returning ship? Great story from two pros!

"Sweeter than Honey, Clear as a Mountain Spring" by Alter S. Reiss -+- King is an old man in what appears to be an oppressive North America who gets high on Rare Old with his wife Lucy. It's a way of reliving old memories, his and others, but it's dangerously illegal. A very well done poignant story.

"Granddaddy's Mermaid" by David Shieh -+- The rains have come and the Mississippi is going to flow over the levee and flood the farm of Bobby and his mother and his grandfather. They need to evacuate. But there is a precious possession of his grandfather's that must be dealt with first. Another good story.

"Somethingness" by Emil Terziev -+- When his father dies, a man finds a curious book in his library. It is written in code but the key is on the first page. He translates a bit and finds it is a book about a Somethingness that creates universes. Translating the book becomes an obsession. Wonderfully bizarre tale!

There is also a Flash Fiction story, "A Patch of Dirt in Paradise" by Lee Budar-Danoff. -+- In 1961 Honolulu, Leilani meets an old Japanese woman named Midori, planting soybeans and obsessed with surviving a disaster. Touching.

The 59th issue of Abyss and Apex is just as good, if not better than the ones that came before. I can't wait for the next issue! You should all buy this issue. You will not forget it. They fund themselves with PayPal donations and subscriptions. Check them out at their website (see link at the top of this review).

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