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Trunk Stories #3 by William Smith (Editor)
Hangfire Publishers Zine  ISBN/ITEM#: TSISSUE3
Date: November 2005 /

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Trunk Stories #3, November 2005 - Website
Table of Contents: Fiction: The Tamer by Neil Ayres * The Good Part by Carole Lanham * Unvincible by Michael Northrop * Subliminal Verses by Brett Alexander Savory * Silent Corners by Nate Southard * Manfleas by William Wilde Poetry: Haunted House by Christoph Meyer * Orange-Green Monsters by Kristine Ong Muslim Non-Fiction: Baby Secret by Margaret Crocker * Why I Hate Penn Station by Veronica Schanoes

This is the second issue of Trunk Stories that I have received for review. I liked the previous issue and this one as well. The lead story, "The Good Part" by Carole Lanham is a chilling little tale about how a little boy handles things when his sister starts sucking people's blood. This was as good as any story I have read in a professional publication. "Silent Corners" is a good little short tale about a college student who looks for an acoustic 'dead spot' in his dorm room. Bad Idea. In "The Tamer" by Neil Ayres, a girl named Jasmine wins the trust of a little bird. The story was okay but there was not much to it.

"Unvincible" by Michael Northrop is another horror story about a boy who loses his leg to the bite of a brown recluse spider. He seems to learn to deal with his loss but the end will shock you. Brett Alexander Savory's very short story, "Subliminal Verses" is an odd little piece about phrases that occupy our minds, poisoning our world and how they got there. The last story is "Manfleas" by William Wilde. For some reason, the world has become infested by man-size creatures who resemble fleas. We get a look into how one family deals with this phenomena.

As small press publications go, this is a very good one. I recommend it highly.

(Source: Hangfire Publishers)

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