Weird Tales #338 - Jan/Feb 2006
by Wildside Press
Wildside Press Zine ISBN/ITEM#: 0898-5073
Date: April 2006 /
Weird Tales #338 - January/February 2006
At a recent convention, I picked up the two issues of Weird Tales that have come out since the one I reviewed in January. I will review the first one now and the other next month.
This latest incarnation of Weird Tales has been going since 1987, a very respectable run. The current issue is a worthy successor to the classic magazine edited by Farnsworth Wright which featured the likes of H.P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard & Clark Ashton Smith. Every story in this issue got a Very Good rating from me and I enjoyed the other features as well.
"Ripper!" by William F. Nolan is the conclusion of a story started in the previous issue. It began with someone thought to be Jack the Ripper being killed by police and plunging into the Thames, along with a stone from London Bridge. We then flash forward to modern day Lake Havasu, Arizona, where the reconstructed London Bridge is getting back the stone that had been lost in the Thames. A new series of Ripper like murders starts and the chase is on in a very enjoyable story. Veteran writer Parke Godwin gives us a haunting little tale of a man who, at the insistence of his nieces, must retrieve some articles from his dead sister's house. This makes for a nice little character study for the man and his sister. "Kitty and the Mosh Pit of the Damned" by Carrie Vaughan is set in a very modern world. Kitty is a lycanthrope and radio personality checking out a concert by a group called Devil's Kitchen. She encounters a nasty demon who has a hold on the group in a wild tale.
In "Seven Houses from Termini" by William Alexander, we get a very unusual story of a very distinct traveler on a train to Rome. "Family Business" by Maurice Broaddus tells of a man who returns to Jamaica after the death of his grandfather and learns much about his family business. Nina Kiriki Hoffman is one of the best writers in the business and her story, "To Grandmother's House" does not disappoint. The grandmother in this story has a way to deal with unruly children. Lastly, we have "Set" by the great Charles L. Harness. This is different from many of his stories, set in Mussolini's Italy, but it is a worthy addition to his oeuvre.
This all goes to show that Weird Tales is well worth a subscription.
(Source: Wildside Press)