by Lee Harris
Review by Sam Tomaino
The Right Hand Zine ISBN/ITEM#: HM022007
Date: February 2007 /
Hub Magazine is a new magazine from the United Kingdom. I liked it a lot and it is a very slick magazine with a few production problems. Many of the pages were uncut and I had to rip them. Worse, one of the stories had a column misprinted, reprinting a previous column and leaving out an important part of the story. Nonetheless, I do recommend this magazine because one of the stories got an Excellent for me. This more than makes up for any faults.
Table of Contents - Christmas 2006:
The best story is "Wanting to Want" by Eugie Foster. It introduces us to Bitty a pathetic crack whore on the streets of San Francisco. She finds a way to cure her addiction but at a terrible price. She must make a decision on what to do and that makes for an unforgettable character.
The rest of the stories mostly get a Very Good from me. "Bubba Pritchett and the Space Aliens" by Bud Webster is a funny story featuring a character who is certainly not a redneck and some "sufficiently advanced technology" that Arthur C. Clarke talked about. "Old Gods" by James Targett is a pretty good story about a man challenging what turns out to be three gods of Norse Mythology to contests. Unfortunately, this one is marred by that misprinted column. Alasdair Stuart's "Connected" is the story of a woman who pays dearly for misusing her cell phone.
In "A Fraility of Moths" by James Cooper we get an okay story about waiting on line and unusual things happening. This is the one story that did not quite work for me. "Angel Paper" by Ellen Phillips is a fanciful little tale of a woman and her son capturing an angel. Liam Rands' "Holiday" is a funny little story about a man making traveling arrangements with a good little twist ending. James S. Dorr gives us a nice little story in "The Frog Pond" about a man landing on another planet and finding out what the humans there are doing. "Adam's Lawyer" by Martin Owton and Gaie Sebold is a good, if unsurprising, story about a lawyer seeing an heir gets justice from a will. Last, "Santa and Mr. Worm" by John B. Rosenman is the story of a man whose childhood abuse has led him to be a torturer. This one had a great ending.
I recommend this magazine but hope they fix their minor production problems a bit. The quality of the stories and contributors is high. It also has some nice articles.