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Black Static Six – Aug/Sep 2008
Edited by Andy Cox
Cover Artist: David Gentry
Review by Sam Tomaino
TTA Press  ISBN/ITEM#: 1753-0709
Date: 26 September 2008

Links: Publisher's Website / Black Static Website / Pub Info / Table of Contents /

Black Static #6 is here with new stories by Simon Avery, Melanie Fasi, Peter Tennant, Nina Allen, Paul Maloy and Ray Cluley, together with the usual fascinating articles and reviews

Black Static #6 is another well done issue. I loved the articles and all the stories, save one.

"The Better Part of You" by Simon Avery is told from the point of view of a man who becomes involved with a disturbed woman named Chelsea. She has been in an abusive marriage but her problems go back further than that. When the man accompanies Chelsea on a trip to visit her mother, he gets some inkling about her in this haunting tale.

I have enjoyed the stories by French writer Melanie Fasi before and "Back on the Road" does not disappoint. Anouk finds herself stranded at a bus depot for reasons that are obscure. While waiting for another bus she meets another woman named Leonore and a cat. Leonore promises to take her somewhere to spend the night as another bus does not come along until the next morning. As time passes, Anouk finds out more about her situation and what she can do until the next bus.

Peter Tennant's "Special Needs" is the story of a man who misses his late wife. Not ready to start a real relationship. He gets the number of a prostitute who specializes in "special needs." What those needs are makes for a very good story.

"En Saga" by Nina Allen is really two stories. One features Lise, an editor for a publishing house who sees a man on a train who later commits suicide. The other story features Christa, the grown daughter of a friend of Lise's whose story took place when Christa was only four. These did nothing for me and were a bit too obscure for my taste.

In "All Mouth" by Paul Maloy, Bridgeman is down on his luck and living in a creepy flat, run by a nasty man named Jase. Bridgeman wonders about another tenant behind a door and grows suspicious of his living arrangements. This one had a very creepy feel to it.

The stories conclude with "Viva Las Vegas" by Ray Cluley. Is a different turn about gangsters in that desert town. Owing to a certain supernatural element, normal murder is a bit tricky in this darkly, humorous story.

Even with the story that I did not care for, Black Static #6 was an enjoyable magazine. It has great accompanying features. One article (about a mystery series by Christopher Fowler) resulted in me reading five books in that series. You never know what you are going to encounter in Black Static. That's why you should all subscribe.

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