Shimmer - Vol. 1 Issue 2 - Winter 2006
Zine ISBN/ITEM#: SHIM0603
Date: March 2006 /
Shimmer - Vol.1 Issue 2 - Winter 2006
This is the second issue of Shimmer that I've read and the high quality of the stories continues. An insert tells us, "Each issue presents unusual stories told with conventional storytelling techniques." That's a good description. All but two stories got a Very Good rating from me and that's a pretty good batting average.
"Action Team-Ups Number Thirty-Seven" by Ken Scholes is a funny little tale of a elderly and retired super-hero who tries to still fight evil in the nursing home in which he resides. Names are changed but it's obvious whom Night Marauder, his sidekick and his nemesis Lunatic The Clown are and the story is quite amusing. "Sell Your Soul to the Devil Blues" by Tom Pendergrass tells of a kid named Jimmy who would sell his soul to become a Bluesman. The devil shows up and another kind of deal is reached and all come away happy. "Route Nine" by Samantha Henderson is a dark little tale of a trucker who finds out that the little place he stops at for apricot pie is something other than what he'd expect. Ian Creasey's "The Goldsmith" is another dark story about making a ring with more than gold. "Music in D Minor" by Erynn Miles is an imaginative and upbeat tale of a woman who finds music in the most unusual of places. In "Neighbor", Jason A.D. MacDonald gives us a scary little story of a man having trouble with his upstairs neighbor. "The Persian Box" by Gerald Costlow features an ancient box that means death for anyone who looks in it.
The last two stories were the only ones I found a little disappointing. "One-Leaf-Two" by Edo Mor is an offbeat tale about lovers separated in an unusual way. "The Black Back-Lands" by Jay Lake is a very short story that is impossible to summarize. It just did not work for me.
Still, Shimmer is an attractive magazine with some nice illustrations and a good interview with Ellen Datlow. I very much recommend it.