New Genre - Summer 2009 - Volume i Number VI - $8.50
Edited by Adam Golaski
Cover Artist: Jeremy Withers
Review by Sam Tomaino
Date: 29 October 2009
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This is the second issue of New Genre that I've read and I liked the first one #4. This remains a very slickly produced small press magazine which has two science fiction stories and two horror stories written in a variety of styles.
The fiction begins with "Jack the Satellite Jockey" by Michael Filimowicz. Jack appears to be a guy who fixes satellites when they malfunction and we get some of his thoughts on that. I can't really summarize more as the story shifts viewpoints constantly and does not tell what I would call a coherent story. Some people like this kind of experimental fiction, but it can be a hard thing to pull off. I think this story falls short.
"Loneganís Luck" by Stephen Graham Jones is a horror story, set in the Old West. Lonegan is a guy who travels from town to town, peddling his wares. In the town of Gultree, he does his usual thing and attracts quite a crowd. He's got an ulterior motive and what he really has in mind becomes apparent soon. This had a nice twist at the end and was quite good.
"The Sparrow Mumbler" in the story by Eric Schaller is a drunkard named John Ashbury. In 19th Century England, John has been fired from his job and spends his days in The King's Arms, drinking beer. A man, who calls himself John Bull, England's famous boxer, finds him and offers him a job, as a sparrow mumbler at a fair. The act is that he is on a stage and tries to capture a sparrow (that has been tied down) in his mouth. He is always drunk and not successful. He lives in a cage with other freaks but two different women take pity on him. One is named Irene and the other he calls Little Jenny. Things do not turn out well for John but there story has an interesting epilogue. I found this an interesting look at a time that one would not feel nostalgia for.
"I Am Antenna/Antennae" by Matthew Pendleton is a sort of stream-of-conscious narrative by an unnamed woman of mature years who lives in some sort of home with older woman and at least one man named Charles. She and some of her friends work in a hospital, doing the best they can. She seems obsessed with clothing and talks about dresses falling from above. We get hints that she is living in a world very different from ours. This is another somewhat experimental story but works better than the first one. If that sort of thing is to your liking, you should like this.
New Genre publishes stories very different from what you would see elsewhere. I think their horror stories work better than what they call science fiction but if you like experimental fiction, give this a try.