by John Klima
Spilt Milk Press Zine ISBN/ITEM#: EV0609
Date: Spring 2006 /
Electric Velocipede #10 - Edited by John Klima, PO Box 663, Franklin Park, NJ 08823. Published twice a year by Spilt Milk Press. Single issues $4 – 4 issue, subscription $15
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This is the third issue of Electric Velocipede that I've received and it is a good one as usual. This is a magazine of very different kinds of stories and they mostly work very well.
The issue begins with "A Walking of Crows" by Tim Akers. In it, a young boy returns home to find his father brutally murdered and the records of his research gone. He starts an investigation which yields surprising results. The other novelette is "Jacket Jackson" by Richard Bowes and Mark Rich. This is a unique tale about a young drifter who comes into possession of a very special jacket and what this means to both another world and his own. This story reminded me a bit of R.A. Lafferty and I can pay it no higher compliment.
The rest of the issue consists of interesting short stories. "The Way He Does It" by Jeffery Ford is a wonderful little tale about a man who has a unique talent that he manages to exploit. This is the best story in the issue from a master of short fiction. "Il Duca di Casena" by Alastair Rennie is a set in 1584 and concerns an exorcist who is sent to determine if Il Duca Malatesta is possessed by the devil. What he finds unsettles him. "The Navel of the Universe" by Andre Oosterman concerns a man who returns to his native Bali, looking for something that might extend life. Lastly, "Travels Along an Unfurling Circular Path" by Robert Freeman Wexler takes us on a very strange journey.
I'd recommend this to those who like their fiction a little more experimental. It's well worth the price.
(Source: Spilt Milk Press)