Weird Tales - #342 - Oct/Nov 2006
by Darrell Schweitzer (Ed.)
Edited by Darrell Schweitzer
Wildside Press Zine ISBN/ITEM#: WT342
Date: December 2006 /
Weird Tales - #342 – Oct/Nov 2006
Table of Contents: Special Author Feature: John Shirley The Claw Spurs by John Shirley * Inteview: Cyberpunk & Just Plain Punk * Buried in the Sky by John Shirley Fiction: For Fear of Dragons by Carrie Vaughn * With the Good Samaritan by William F. Nolan * Space & Time Books by Melissa Yuan-Innes * Three Impossible Things by Lisa Smedman * Dying Season by Kelly McCullough * The Evil Sorceress by Jennifer Savage Columns: The Eyrie (commentary by the Editorial Horde) * The Den (book reviews by Scott Connors)
The October/November issue of Weird Tales is another good one with all the stories getting a Very Good from me.
This issue has a "Special Author Feature" on John Shirley with an interview and two stories. "The Claw Spurs" is set in the Old West where a boy seeks out a mysterious gunman to avenge his father's death. Thus, his life is set on a different course and the end turns out surprising. The other story by Shirley is "Buried in the Sky" set in the current day. After the murder of her mother, a young girl and her family move to a brand new apartment building with its own mall. Strange things start to happen and the girl and a new-found friend find a very bizarre world in the basement. Thus we have another fascinating tale from a great author.
Carrie Vaughn's "For Fear of Dragons" is a very different take on the 'sacrificing virgins to a dragon' theme. Jeanette is just such a virgin but the way she encounters the dragon is decidedly different. William F. Nolan tells us of a very different meeting "With a Good Samaritan" when a man is given a lift by another man who does not have the best of intentions. Anyone who loves bookstores will enjoy "Space and Time Books" by Melissa Yuan-Innes, a lyrical tale with a very different central character. "Three Impossible Things" by Lisa Smedman involves impossible feats to save a damsel in distress with an end that might surprise you unless you read the story very carefully. Kelly McCullough tells a unique tale with "Dying Season". A homeless man finds a sick young woman with very strange powers and learns quite a bit from her. Last, we have a short-short from Jennifer Savage entitled "The Evil Sorceress". The titular character is bored from easy victories and wishes for a real foe. Whoops!
(Source: Wildside Press)