Black Static 54 - Sep/Oct 2016
Edited by Andy Cox
Cover Artist: Richard Wagner
Review by Sam Tomaino
TTA Press eMagazine ISBN/ITEM#: 1753-0709
Date: 25 September 2016
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Black Static #54 is here and it's another great issue.
The fiction begins with the novelette "Perspective" by Stephen H. Dines. -+- Thirty years ago, when she was sixteen, Emily was raped by someone whose face she did not see. Now, there have been things left on her doorstep that have brought it back to her and it has caused her to go blind. She is convinced it was the creepy guy down the street, but he denies it and nothing can be proven. Her husband, David, is useless, and an incredible jerk. But we know her rapist is watching her. What can she do? Really creepy and unsettling.
"A Pinhole of Light" by Julie C. Day -+- Geir Aksnes is a photographer whose wife, Veronica, died eight years ago. He has been bringing up their daughter, Jenny, with the help of his cousin, Peter. He is convinced he can bring Veronica back through photographic emulsions on his skin. But why hasn't it worked. Interesting idea, well-executed with well-drawn characters.
"Not Everything Has a Name" by Ralph Robert Moore is another novelette. -+- Ben picks Sheila up in a bar and takes her home. He's thirty, she's eighteen. His wife died nine months ago and Ben tells Sheila about their life together. But Sheila has a really deep, dark secret and needs Ben's help with something very strange. This one ends with a real chill.
The fiction concludes with a third novelette "Dogsbody" by Malcolm Devlin. -+- Five years ago, on November 17, 2010, Gil McKenzie was one of a group of people afflicted by what is called Lunar Proximity Syndrome. He turned unto a werewolf for three hours. It was not a secret and it has ruined his life. But is it more than this LPS and the discrimination that has resulted from it? Another great idea and another well-written tale.