Weird Tales - #340
by Darrell Schweitzer
Wildside Press Zine ISBN/ITEM#: 0898-5073
Date: July 2006 /
Weird Tales - May/June 2006 - #340
The new issue of Weird Tales is another good one. I enjoyed the issue from start to finish both for the stories and the features.
The first story is Tanith Lee's "Arthur's Lion". In this modern day tale, Jack goes to visit his long-estranged Uncle Arthur in the man's palatial estate. He finds that his uncle is haunted in an unusual way. How things are resolved make for a very good story. In "No Such Thing As an Ex-Con", Holly Phillips gives us the story of a woman whose psychic powers would get her convicted and sent to jail as an accessory to murder. Now the detective on that case needs help finding missing children. The story shows why Phillips is one of our best new writers. "Small Magic" by Jay Lake is set in a fantasy world. When their captain is killed, Alain and his fellow soldiers must find a way to hold their position against impossible odds. Rick Kennett's "Chinese Whispers" is the only slightly disappointing story in the issue. The title refers to a game in which people whisper a phrase from one person to another and are amused how it changes. The story did not have a particularly interesting ending.
"A Taste Sweet and Salty" by Douglas Smith is a charming tale about a man cursed to die every day and be reborn as someone else. The curse is ended in a very interesting way. "Girl With the Golden Lute" by Sarah Hoyt is set in a remote village at the time of the Crusades when most of the men have gone. A young girl is given a terrible prophecy. Again, this story has a very good ending. In "Snow Blind", Kiel Stuart gives us a very unusual buddy story in which one of the investigators is a vampire. Last (but definitely not least), John B. Fultz tells us a wonderful tale in "The Persecution of Artifice the Quill." Artifice is a writer in a city dominated by Sorcerers. He runs afoul of them because he wrote a book called The End of Sorcery. In just 12 pages, Fultz tells us what we need to know about this world and also provides a good story, quite an accomplishment.
Again, I strongly recommend this magazine. Buy it or subscribe.
(Source: Wildside Press)