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Shimmer - Number 39, September 2017
Edited by E. Catherine Tobler
Cover Artist: Sandro Castelli
Review by Sam Tomaino
Shimmer eMagazine  
Date: 27 September 2017

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Shimmer, Number 39, is here and with stories by Sonya Taafe, Brian Holguin, Natalia Theodoridou, and Maria Haskins, with interviews of Holguin, Theodoridou, and Haskins.

Here is Number 39 Shimmer with four wonderful and unique stories.

The first story is "The Creeping Influences" by Sonya Taafe. -+- In what seems to be Ireland, sometime in the 1920s, Roddy Matthews is part of a group employed as turf-cutters, digging in the peat. They find the preserved remains of a woman who may have been buried for centuries. They find another body, too, much more recent. There is a lot more to the story than that, but I won't spoil it. I'll just recommend you read it. It has a deep sense of place and time, beautifully and eerily written.

The second story is "En la Casa de Fantasmas" by Brian Holguin. -+- The story begins with describing La Bruja who walks around a part of Los Angeles all dressed in black, carrying a brightly painted dollhouse. We see her enter a house that is haunted and find out why. We learn something about what the dollhouse is. All this in a beautifully written little story. In the afterword, Holguin hints of future projects. I'll be looking forward to them.

The third story is "Fixer, Worker, Singer" by Natalia Theodoridou. -+- Not a story that you can summarize. The Fixer works to maintain the firmament for the Welder "who fashioned the world". The Singer feels she is falling apart and wonders why she is alone. The Worker makes bullets on an assembly line. A strange, lyrical piece.

The fourth story is "Hare's Breath" by Maria Haskins. -+- Our narrator is looking back from 1990 to the 1940s and her troubled friend, Britt, the daughter of a whore and a vagrant who has some sort of mental problems and how she is taken away and sterilized as part of a program of eugenics in Sweden from 1935 to 1974. It's a sad tale and makes one very uneasy. Effectively done.

There is always something special about the stories in Shimmer, one of the best small press magazines. Subscribe!

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