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Title: Black Static
Post by: Roy on December 18, 2008, 12:15:54 pm
The printer sent us many more copies of Black Static 8 (http://ttapress.com/573/black-static-8-out-now/) than we needed, so we?ve decided to offer a FREE COPY to every new subscriber between now and the publication in February of issue 9 or until we run out of issue 8, whichever comes first.

To take advantage of this offer CLICK HERE (http://host2.clickandbuild.com/cnb/shop/ttapress?op=catalogue-products-null&prodCategoryID=4) to enter the shop. Follow the simple instructions, and make sure you write BS8 Offer in the Shopper?s Reference field. That bit?s very important, without it you won?t receive the extra free copy.

The offer applies to all subscriptions to Black Static: both six-issue and twelve-issue subscriptions and both dual subscription offers with Interzone.

The shop can accept any credit/debit card and paypal.

And have a good Christmas and New Year or whichever other seasonal celebration suits you, whatever your reaction to this offer.

I probably should say this offer does not apply to Fictionwise E Book subscriptions (http://www.fictionwise.com/eBooks/ttapressauthorseBooks.htm?cache)

Also you can freely download stories from Black Static from Transmissions From Beyond, the TTA Press Podcast (http://transmissionsfrombeyond.com/category/blackstatic/) if you want to try before you buy




Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Roy on January 14, 2009, 02:43:58 pm
The first seven issues of Black Static are available as E books from Fictionwise (http://www.fictionwise.com/eBooks/ttapressauthorseBooks.htm?cache) now and you'll also find TTA Press's (http://ttapress.com/) first E novel on the same site. It is a first novel by TTAs short story discovery Andrew Humphrey. This is the horror novel 'Alison' which shows "we all have our dark side" and it costs $5.99 (�4.10 today) as an E book (http://www.fictionwise.com/eBooks/eBook78426.htm?cache).

Of course, if you don't use an E reader, you can still buy the print version direct from TTA press (http://host2.clickandbuild.com/cnb/shop/ttapress?productID=7&op=catalogue-product_info-null&prodCategoryID=4) for £9.99 including UK postage. Similarly for Black Static the print versions are still available but there are 8 of them and number 9 is due soon. Its easy to subscribe. (http://host2.clickandbuild.com/cnb/shop/ttapress?productID=3&op=catalogue-product_info-null&prodCategoryID=4)
Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Roy on February 04, 2009, 02:49:21 pm
In Black Static 9 BAFTA winning scriptwriter Stephen Volk contributes to the short fiction content with “Fear”. Stephen is famed as the screenwriter of the 1992 Halloween hoax documentary ‘Ghostwatch’ and supernatural and paranormal thriller ‘Afterlife’. He also scripted Ken Russell’s 1986 film ‘Gothic’ and 1990’s The Guardian. His short story collection, Dark Corners, was published by Gray Friar Press in 2006.

Stephen is also a Black Static regular as a columnist so he makes two appearances in this next issue. David Gentry's cover also shows the horrors likely to lurk in brown paper envelopes. (http://ttapress.com/597/black-static-9-%E2%80%A2-11th-february/)

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Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: allybird on February 04, 2009, 03:11:40 pm
Looking forward to it. When is it out Roy?
Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Roy on February 05, 2009, 01:00:04 pm
11 February, weather permitting.
Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Roy on March 03, 2009, 06:57:55 pm
Black Static was named after a story by Paul Meloy which appeared in its predecessor magazine The Third Alternative.
You can read an interview with Paul on the Fix (http://thefix-online.com/interviews/paul-meloy/).
Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: joshua rainbird on March 03, 2009, 08:04:16 pm
Hey Roy,

any chance Mr Cox will reprint Islington Crocodiles ?
I'm after a copy.   ;D
Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Roy on March 04, 2009, 12:57:30 am
Thanks Joshua, keep an eye on this thread at TTA (http://ttapress.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=8096#8096) and register your interest there to prompt Andy.
Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Roy on March 09, 2009, 06:28:15 pm
And there is a new website design for TTA Press (http://ttapress.com/) and Black Static (http://ttapress.com/blackstatic/).
Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Roy on April 05, 2009, 12:44:44 am
Black Static 10 (http://ttapress.com/595/black-static-10-coming-soon/0/5/)will have a new printer and some, non specialist, retail distribution this time so we hope it will be on sale, at least in Borders, and maybe elsewhere by 16 April. Look out for it and let us know if you see it please. (Buy one as well if you like)
This issue will include stories by Christopher Fowler, Gary McMahon, James Cooper, Maura McHugh, Shannon Page, Scott Lambridis plus the usual columns by Chris Fowler, Stephen Volk and Mike O'Driscoll, DVD reviews by Tony Lee and book reviews by Peter Tennant (including interviews with Thomas Ligotti and Ellen Datlow), etc.

And you will be able to see the first 9 issues at Eastercon along with other TTA publications. (http://ttapress.com/594/islington-crocodiles-at-eastercon/0/7/)

Also we are taking pre-orders for the second edition paperback of Paul Meloy's story collection Islington Crocodiles.  (http://ttapress.com/591/islington-crocodiles-second-edition/0/7/) 1296
Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: joshua rainbird on April 05, 2009, 04:34:05 pm
Also we are taking pre-orders for the second edition paperback of Paul Meloy's story collection Islington Crocodiles.  (http://ttapress.com/591/islington-crocodiles-second-edition/0/7/) 1296

Thanks Roy.

I'm not going to get caught out the second time, I got my pre-order in today.   ;D
Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Roy on April 06, 2009, 01:13:16 pm
Thanks Joshua, I'm expecting a parcel of them for Eastercon so yours should soon be on its way.
Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Roy on April 24, 2009, 12:43:44 pm
Black Static 10 came out a week late on the 20th/21st but it should be in Borders and maybe other likely newsagents/bookshops now.
Pleae let us know if you spot it 'in the wild'.

New subscribers to any TTA Press magazine receive a FREE Black Static issue 10 (http://ttapress.com/blackstatic/) with a subscription received before the end of May. Existing subscribers to Interzone and Crimewave can have one as well, if they renew now/early and request a sample, or free, copy of Black Static 10.
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Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Roy on May 14, 2009, 11:50:54 am
Black Static's website now hosts Peter Tennant's Case Notes blog (http://ttapress.com/blackstatic/casenotesblog/).
Peter's blog has covered Ligotti (http://ttapress.com/597/celebrating-ligotti/0/5/), Robert E Howard (http://ttapress.com/617/pigeons-from-hell-a-closer-look/0/5/) and how to get your book reviewed in Black Static. (http://ttapress.com/604/trade-secrets-part-2-triage/0/5/)
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Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Roy on June 17, 2009, 11:59:15 pm
Black Static 11 arrived today and will be in some bookshops, eg Borders, and newsagents now.
Contents list and David Gentry's cover and interior graphics here (http://ttapress.com/630/black-static-11/0/5/).

Look at all the BFS Award shortlist associations it's accumulated this year. It must be worth trying. 2100
Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Martin Roberts on June 20, 2009, 10:55:55 am
Roy - I picked up the last two copies in a local newsagent.

Great to see it on the shelf in amongst the usual guff.

Best of luck with the BFA nominations.
Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Roy on July 02, 2009, 03:21:15 pm
Thanks Martin. Care to say which newsagent?

Plus the ad for this years Fantasycon appeared in Black Static 11 page 47.
Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Roy on July 11, 2009, 03:14:30 pm
On the Black Static website (http://ttapress.com/blackstatic/) Pete Tennant
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discusses the matter of awards, (http://ttapress.com/636/the-glittering-prizes/0/5/) with a view to demonstrating that they don't actually mean anything unless he's won one, and then as an afterthought declares that July is British Fantasy Awards month at Case Notes (http://ttapress.com/blackstatic/casenotesblog/).

Joel Lane's British Fantasy Award nominated story Winter Journey is first in line along with an interview with Joel (http://ttapress.com/644/joel-lanes-winter-journey/0/5/) who won the Best Short Fiction award in 2008 with My Stone Desire, which appeared in the very first issue of Black Static. 2371
Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Rolnikov on July 11, 2009, 04:46:35 pm
I've just bought issues five and six from Fictionwise so that I can read this year's short story contenders...
Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Martin Roberts on July 12, 2009, 12:21:19 pm
Roy - I believe it was Shire News and thanks again for the advert. ;D
Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Roy on July 13, 2009, 12:22:02 am
Thanks Martin, that's Shire News 110 High St, Newcastle (Staffs) I assume.

Good work Stephen, from a TTA viewpoint. I hope you feel the same when you've read them. 2433
Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Martin Roberts on July 13, 2009, 07:51:34 am
That's the one Roy... Helen & I are popping up to the Manchester Independent Book Festival on Saturday, are you still attending?

Cheers,
Martin
Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Roy on July 13, 2009, 11:48:33 pm
Thanks and yes I'll be there and, for those who aren't aware, TTA Press have a stand at the Manchester Independent Publishers' Book Market Friday 17 to Sunday 19 July 2009 (http://www.literaturenorthwest.co.uk/event/1452) - St Ann’s Square, city centre Manchester This is part of the Manchester International Festival (http://www.mif.co.uk). There will be readings by the likes of Tim Lees and Conrad Williams but I've not seen the timetable.

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Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Roy on July 18, 2009, 09:44:39 pm
I met BFA stalwarts Martin and Helen in Manchester today and even helped them dole out Prizms to delighted Mancunians.
Tim Lees helped on our stand and Simon Bestwick came by before going off to see Tim and Conrad Williams reading.

I also saw that Stephen Volk wrote this about [url=http://ttapress.com/630/black-static-11/1/5/]Black Static 11 (http://ttapress.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=10128#10128) on the Iz Forum[/url]. 2578
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BS #11 is wonderful issue and BS is still the best designed magazine in the genre. I'm proud to be a part of it!

Al Robertson's "De Profundis" was gripping and chilling. I loved None Had Sharp Teeth which reminded me of the delight on McIntosh's previous "Circus Town". Gary Couzens's "Served Cold" was stunningly - numbingly - unpleasant. And "Off With The Furies" by Daniel Kaysen a real tour de force. Brilliant.

I'll be in St Ann's Square again tomorrow, Sunday 19th, and there are a few BS 11's left.
Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Martin Roberts on July 19, 2009, 06:56:14 pm
Good to talk yesterday Roy, and thanks for helping publicise the BFS.

Cheers to Comma Press also.

Sorry I missed you Simon and the readings of course.



Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Wayne Mook on July 20, 2009, 10:42:47 pm
Hello,

Myself and Nadia were at the stall Saturday, sadly we missed you Martin, but we did meet Roy and Tim. We bought BS #1 and #11.

Nadia has already finished #1 and really enjoyed it. I've read the reviews in #11, while having a pint, before moving on and finishing the shopping.

On the back of #11 is an advert for Tide Of Souls by Simon Bestwick, and there is a launch for this on Wednesday night, 22nd at 8.30pm at Bluu Bar on Thomas St in the Northern Quarter in Manchester, Thomas St. is just of Shudehill. Also being launched is a short story collection be Simon, Pictures of the Dark. It's free in and if anyone is going I'll see you there.

Wayne.
Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Roy on July 23, 2009, 04:59:29 pm
Thanks Wayne. Yes it was good to meet you and Nadia and I hope you are now thinking that you should have bought the other nine BS issues. Its terrible, we are never content with selling 2 issues. Saturday was the best day weatherwise and Manchester certainly lived up to its rainy reputation. 2703

Simon Bestwick also turned up later that day and I left him, Tim Lees and Conrad Williams searching for a pub as I packed up. I'm sure they didn't have to look far.
Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Roy on August 07, 2009, 07:06:18 pm
All you need to know about Black Static 12 is on the TTA website (http://ttapress.com/657/black-static-12/0/5/) now.2867
Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Jim Steel on August 30, 2009, 07:27:23 pm
You can get a free copy of Black Static 12 here (http://ttapress.com/664/free-black-static-12/0/5/).

Go on. You know you want to.
Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: DFL on August 30, 2009, 11:18:40 pm
You can get a free copy of Black Static 12 here (http://ttapress.com/664/free-black-static-12/0/5/).

Go on. You know you want to.

Fortuitously I reviewed all the fiction in BS12 here:
http://weirdmonger.blog-city.com/black_static__issue_12.htm
Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: LouM on September 10, 2009, 10:05:43 am
I finally got round to starting my copy of Black Static 12: I absolutely love T.F. Davenport's Bryson Feeds Families.  For me, that was worth the cover price alone: fantastic. Really interesting format, nicely executed. It's horrible and wonderful.  :)
Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Roy on October 02, 2009, 09:11:59 pm
A satisfied reader so now how do I convert you to a subscriber?

The next issue is number 13 and the cover is posted here (http://is.gd/3OOPe). You'll find a new Joel Lane story, plus an interview, sidebars, factoids and reviews of his two latest books.

other stories by James Cooper, Carole Johnstone, Tim Lees and Kim Lakin-Smith

Carole Johnstone had her first story in Black Static 3 (http://ttapress.com/336/black-static-3-2/) and went on to get several stories in anthologies and now has a novella, Frenzy, out from Eternal Press.

Only £21 for 6 issues, order now (http://host2.clickandbuild.com/cnb/shop/ttapress?productID=3&op=catalogue-product_info-null&prodCategoryID=4) before increased postal rates drive the price up.

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Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Roy on October 14, 2009, 02:29:27 pm
The 13th Black Static mailed out today. Hopefully just before the postmen strike but, for the superstitious, are these events linked?

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Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Pigasus on October 14, 2009, 07:22:29 pm
The 13th Black Static mailed out today. Hopefully just before the postmen strike but, for the superstitious, are these events linked?

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One of the DVDs I've reviewed for Black Static #13 is titled "13: Game Of Death", and I live at number 13...
So, I half expect this new issue will be delivered with hellfire scorch-marks or a cursed rune attached.
 ::)
Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Roy on October 17, 2009, 05:56:22 pm
Halloween Horror Film Festival
28 Hours Later  (http://www.horroruk.com/28/)28 hours of non-stop movies in Fareham's WI hut.
Why am I telling you here? Because Black Static will be on sale. Issue 13 (http://ttapress.com/705/black-static-13/0/5/), and a few others, has been shipped.

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Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Roy on October 25, 2009, 07:23:10 pm
Late change to a new venue for Halloween Movie festival 28 Hours Later referred to above. http://www.horroruk.com/28/venue.php

Lysses House Hotel
51 High Street
Fareham
Hampshire
PO16 7BQ

Black Static will be there.

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Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Roy on December 05, 2009, 03:37:58 pm
We couldn't expect Dave Gentry to continue as Black Static's sole artist so issue 14 has cover art by Dave Senecal and internal illustrations by Ben Baldwin, Dave Senecal, Daniele Serra and Mark Pexton. Dave Gentry's static and iconic fly will continue to disturb. I posted an image of Dave Senecal's cover here (http://www.sffchronicles.co.uk/forum/34674-magazine-cover-artwork-6.html#post1337893).

Gary McMahon (who is also Peter Tennants's Case Notes  (http://ttapress.com/blackstatic/casenotesblog/)featured author, with reviews, factoids, interview) and Christopher Fowler provide a powerful lead to a fiction line up which includes Paul Finch, Rosanne Rabinowitz and Maurice Broaddus.


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Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Natt on December 21, 2009, 02:04:00 am
Just thought I'd mention that one of my short stories has been included in the Black Static Advent Calendar... It's here, if you're interested: http://bit.ly/5a4Yx5
Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: gileadslostson on December 21, 2009, 09:35:59 am
Great story Natt :D
Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Natt on December 21, 2009, 11:55:57 am
Thanks, Marc, really glad you liked it!
Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Roy on January 04, 2010, 11:47:55 am
I hope you all had a good holiday and are well into a happy new year.

Our good news is that Black Static won Hub Magazine's Best Dead Tree Magazine (UK) (http://www.hubfiction.com/2010/01/the-hub-awards-2009/) award pipping SFX at the post.

Well done The HUB (http://www.hubfiction.com/), Black Static and the other winners.
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Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: gileadslostson on January 15, 2010, 04:37:36 pm
The new TTA fan page is up on Facebook. So, if you are on fb, join =D

http://bit.ly/5rHNHk
Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Natt on January 15, 2010, 04:51:57 pm
Done and done.

(And for those of you with Black Static #14, there's a lovely blurb about In The Gloaming in the White Noise section over which you might wish to cast your eyes...)
Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Roy on January 15, 2010, 09:47:21 pm
And if you have any news then Pete is asking for more white noise now on the TTA forum (http://ttapress.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=549).
Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Roy on January 22, 2010, 12:03:06 pm
Simon Kurt Unsworth's story The Knitted Child illustrated by Jim Burns will appear in Black Static issue 15 due out about 12 February. Featured author in that issue with interview, reviews and other non fiction will be Alexandra Sokoloff author of
"The Harrowing".
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Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Roy on February 02, 2010, 04:31:41 pm
Next issue number 15  (http://ttapress.com/782/black-static-15-out-soon/0/5/)will be posted to subscribers on the 12 th February and contains new horror stories by James Cooper, (a 14 K word novelette) Simon Kurt Unsworth, Sarah Singleton, Daniel Kaysen, Alan Scott Laney.

Illustrations by Ben Baldwin, Jim Burns, Rik Rawling, David Gentry.

Comment columns by Christopher Fowler, Stephen Volk and Mike O'Driscoll.

Peter Tennant's Case Notes includes reviews of novellas, Australian Horror, and an interview with featured author Alexandra Sokoloff, with an easy to enter competition to win copies of her novels.

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Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: iamacanadian on February 02, 2010, 11:33:43 pm
WHEEEEE!
Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Roy on February 08, 2010, 11:57:45 pm
TTA were invited to be February's bloggers on the Incwriters website so we took up the challenge and the first attempt, a plog, is here. (http://www.incwriters.co.uk/?p=1071). Three more to come.

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Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Roy on February 12, 2010, 02:24:58 pm
The second TTA Press blog  (http://www.incwriters.co.uk/?p=1219)is now up at Incwriters. This time Reviews Editor Jim Steel did the hard work and I added some commercials.

Additionally we now have our first video transmission (http://transmissionsfrombeyond.com/2010/02/videotransmission1/) an interview with Interzone, and elsewhere, author Jay Lake by Joy Ward on the Transmissions from Beyond website. Pete Bullock, who edits and runs Transmissions from Beyond, shows even more talent by animating the Transmissions logo.

Edited typo
Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Shaun Jeffrey on February 13, 2010, 07:30:16 am
The second TTA Press blog  (http://"http://www.incwriters.co.uk/?p=1219")is now up at Incwriters. This time Reviews Editor Jim Steel did the hard work and I added some commercials.


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Just thought you might like to know your blog link has got one too many 'http://'s : http://www.incwriters.co.uk/?p=1219"
 (http://www.incwriters.co.uk/?p=1219")
Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Rolnikov on February 13, 2010, 07:55:59 am
Thanks, Shaun, I've fixed it. I think it's that if you put quotes around the hyperlink (like you would in html) it then helpfully puts an extra http in for you before it.
Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Roy on February 13, 2010, 08:17:10 pm
Thanks everyone. Most kind.

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Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Roy on February 21, 2010, 11:47:19 pm
The third TTA blog  (http://www.incwriters.co.uk/?p=1245)is now posted at Incwriters. This time Black Static's book reviewer and contributing editor Peter Tennant's blog and then I added the commercials, a glossary (for Incwriters poets and non SF denizens) and altered Pete's main title, with his consent, but left the original title in the blog. Did I do right?
Pete's blog at TTA on rules for reviewers (http://ttapress.com/789/reviewing-new-rules-of-engagement/0/5/) made me laugh so why not have a look at that as well.

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Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Jim Steel on February 22, 2010, 08:59:38 am
Ha! They're both so funny - and yet so true!
Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Colin (Black Abyss) on February 22, 2010, 06:46:29 pm
Black Static 15 is a thing of beauty :D
Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: David A. Riley on February 22, 2010, 08:26:32 pm
I really should renew my subscription to Black Static. It's ages now since my last ran out

David
Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Rolnikov on February 22, 2010, 08:33:27 pm
I'm really glad I subscribed, an e-sub via Fictionwise - I started buying back issues so that I could read the BFA-nominated short stories in last year's issues, but then signed up for a sub. It's a shame the e-subs are so far behind (only up to #13 so far), but I know TTA are trying hard to sort that out.
Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: DFL on February 22, 2010, 10:02:42 pm
Just started a real-time review of BLACK STATIC #15:
http://weirdmonger.blog-city.com/black_static__issue_15.htm
Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Roy on February 23, 2010, 11:02:00 pm
You certainly should David so why not do it now then I can do a deal for you on the missing issues at WHC 2010 or Eastercon if you like. Next mailing is 4 or 5th March so if anyone needs to renew or start subscribing do it soon.
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Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: David A. Riley on February 24, 2010, 07:17:57 am
You can expect a sub within the next few days, Roy. I feel a bit guilty in not more continuously supporting one of the very few outstanding horror-orientated fiction magazines - especially one published in Britain!
Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Roy on February 24, 2010, 03:48:20 pm
Thanks David.
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Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Roy on March 13, 2010, 10:40:15 pm
TTA will be in Leicester for INDEPENDENT PRESS DAY (http://www.statesofindependence.co.uk/?12e7adf0) with all your favourite magazines (Black Static, Crimewave even Interzone?) and books (Maybe even The Harm (http://ttapress.com/795/the-harm-by-gary-mcmahon/0/7/)) on Sat 20 Mar. Only a week away and entry is free. Saves you carrying all those magazines back from Brighton or Heathrow.
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Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Jay Eales on March 14, 2010, 08:57:24 am
TTA will be in Leicester for INDEPENDENT PRESS DAY (http://www.statesofindependence.co.uk/?12e7adf0) with all your favourite magazines (Black Static, Crimewave even Interzone?) and books (Maybe even The Harm (http://ttapress.com/795/the-harm-by-gary-mcmahon/0/7/)) on Sat 20 Mar. Only a week away and entry is free. Saves you carrying all those magazines back from Brighton or Heathrow.
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We'll see you there, Roy, as we've just confirmed to have a table ourselves. I imagine I'll be doing my usual catch-up for the latest bunch of Black Statics. One day, I may even catch up on reading them!  :)

Jay
http://www.factorfictionpress.co.uk (http://www.factorfictionpress.co.uk)
Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Roy on March 14, 2010, 11:43:18 pm
TTA, Factor Fiction and Comma Press. Good to have some familiar faces around.
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Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Roy on March 29, 2010, 05:58:08 pm
Posted the cover image from the colourful issue of Black Static 16 here. (http://www.sffchronicles.co.uk/forum/34674-magazine-cover-artwork-7.html#post1378255) Artist and filmaker Chris Nurse's cover illustration for 'Extreme Latitude' by M.G. Preston.

Stories:

The Moon Will Look Strange by Lynda E. Rucker

The Overseer by Tim Casson
illustrated by Ben Baldwin

One Last Wild Waltz by Mike O'Driscoll
illustrated by Robert Dunn

The Empty Spaces by Alison J. Littlewood
illustrated by Dave Senecal

Extreme Latitude by M.G. Preston
illustrated by Chris Nurse

Features:

White Noise: news, including The Campaign For Real Fear (http://campaignforrealfear.wordpress.com/)

Case Notes: 15 pages of book reviews by Peter Tennant, including interview with Sarah Pinborough, sidebars, free books

Blood Spectrum: lots of DVD/Blu-ray reviews by Tony Lee, including several free DVDs and Blu-rays to give away

Usual regular columns by Christopher Fowler, Stephen Volk, Mike O'Driscoll.

In colour.

Distributed worldwide, like Interzone, (but I don't have an exact breakdown).
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Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Roy on April 20, 2010, 12:05:16 pm
Two Black Static issue 15 reviews  (http://www.tangentonline.com/print--bi-monthly-reviewsmenu-260/219-black-static/1338-black-static-15-febmar-10)for one click.
And Black Static 16 is now out (http://ttapress.com/blackstatic/currentissue/), the first issue with colour throughout.
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Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Roy on May 11, 2010, 08:24:50 pm
It's that time when Peter Tennant, Black Static news correspondent and book reviewer asks for news for the next issue. #17 would you believe?

The address is still whitenoise (at) ttapress.com so if you have horror and dark fantasy genre related news why not tell him.

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Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Roy on May 27, 2010, 04:25:38 pm
Still in colour throughout and totally mindblowing awesome; Black Static 17 is due out 11 June with a cover by Ben Baldwin, the first 10 Campaign for Real Fear winners and stories by John Shirley (Faces in Walls illustrated by Ben Baldwin) Suzanne Palmer (Zombie Cabana Boy illustrated by Dave Senecal) Vylar Kaftan (Three-Legged Bird illustrated by Ben Baldwin) and Daniel Kaysen (The Lady in the Tigris illustrated by Rik Rawling) and thats just the fiction

Non-Fiction includes Electric Darkness by Stephen Volk 'Angels Long Forgotten'
Blood Spectrum by Tony Lee *lots* of DVDs/Blu-rays reviewed, with giveaways of Dorothy, Left Bank, Harpoon, Crazies, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Case Notes by Peter Tennant *lots* of book reviews, including the new (and old, repackaged) Charlie Parker novels of John Connolly, with author interview and an opportunity to win the entire set; books by Michael Shea, John Llewellyn Probert, from Dark Regions Press, and many more
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Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Degsy on May 31, 2010, 10:01:15 pm
Just belatedly got round to reading my copy of #16.

I particularly enjoyed 'The Overseer' by Tim Casson. Kind of like if 'The Road to Wigan Pier' had been rewritten by Franz Kafka.

Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Roy on June 01, 2010, 05:07:11 pm
Thanks Degsy. Here is a link to teasers, cover and interior art for Black Static 17 (http://ttapress.com/856/black-static-17-out-soon/0/5/).
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Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Roy on June 08, 2010, 07:48:45 pm
There will be readings and performances at this year's Manchester Independent Publishers Book Market (http://literaturenorthwest.wordpress.com/2010/06/07/manchester-independent-book-market-returns/) and among the Saturday readers will be TTA regulars Nick Royle, Conrad Williams, Tim Lees; with apologies to anyone on the list that I didn't recognise.
TTA will be there with a stall full of Interzones, Black Statics, etc
We'll also be at Alt Fiction in Derby (http://www.derbyquad.co.uk/whats-on/other-events/alt-fiction) on 12th June
PS Black Static 17 is on its way to subscribers.

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Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Roy on July 30, 2010, 01:57:31 pm
Black Static 18 cover art by Ben Baldwin, on-sale date August 13th.  (http://ttapress.com/898/black-static-18-out-soon/0/5/) So the magazine will celebrate its 3rd birthday with this issue.

Stories:
Orinoco by Nina Allan
illustrated by Ben Baldwin

Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Carole Johnstone
illustrated by Rik Rawling

A Man of Ice and Sorrow by Simon Kurt Unsworth
illustrated by Dave Senecal

The Obscure Bird by Nicholas Royle
illustrated by Daniele Serra

Tu Sufrimiento Shall Protect Us by Mercurio D. Rivera
illustrated by Joachim Luetke

Features:
White Noise news

Electric Darkness by Stephen Volk comment

Interference by Christopher Fowler comment

The Campaign for Real Fear second (and final) ten winning stories

Case Notes by Peter Tennant book reviews, including an in-depth interview with Adam Nevill and ten free copies of his latest horror novel Apartment 16

Blood Spectrum by Tony Lee DVD/Blu-ray reviews, with copies of Goemon, The Horde, The 7th Dimension, [REC] 2 to give away

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Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Roy on August 07, 2010, 08:04:21 pm
BS 18 on its way to subscribers and shoppers. (http://ttapress.com/898/black-static-18-out-now/0/5/)
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Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: John Forth on August 09, 2010, 08:18:52 pm
It has ARRIVED!
Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: iamacanadian on August 21, 2010, 01:57:48 am
I got mine a day or three ago and it continues to be the highlight of my day (bi-monthly, at least).
Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Roy on October 01, 2010, 09:44:18 am
Black Static finished its 3rd year with #18 and 8th October will bring Black Static 19 to start its 4th.
The issue's goodies start with part of Ben Baldwin's illustration for Simon Clark's 'They Will Not Rest' along with Stephen Jones as seen by Les Edwards on the cover.

Fiction:
Chain Reaction by Steve Rasnic Tem illustrated by Dave Senecal
Beachcombing by Ray Cluley illustrated by Richard Wagner
The Sleep Mask by Joel Lane
They Will Not Rest by Simon Clark illustrated by Ben Baldwin
The Wound Dresser by Lavie Tidhar illustrated by Daniele Serra

Non-Fiction:
Interference by Christopher Fowler
Electric Darkness by Stephen Volk
Night's Plutonian Shore by Mike O'Driscoll - comment
Case Notes by Peter Tennant Interview with Stephen Jones. Free books. 13 anthologies, including "Never Again", and over 300 stories reviewed.
Blood Spectrum by Tony Lee Over 25 DVDs/Blu-rays reviewed. Free films
White Noise - news
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Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: David A. Riley on October 01, 2010, 10:06:11 am
Looking forward to getting this through the post.

It was great to have subscribed again (after a lapse) at Fantasycon and bought quite a few back issues I'd missed. Though I still haven't read them all.  ???
Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Jane Holland on October 02, 2010, 01:35:02 am
I remember Joel Lane. Gosh. I had some truck with him in the mid-nineties. A few differences of opinion over a poetry magazine, as I recall, but I think it ended without bloodshed. At least, when I met him again a few years back in Birmingham, he did actually speak to me. Very briefly.

But I'm hard to ignore, so that doesn't mean anything.  ::)

BS looks like an interesting publication.
Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Andy C on October 02, 2010, 03:02:27 pm
I've posted a few more details about the issue, plus a few lo-res spreads, in the Black Static Current Issue (http://ttapress.com/blackstatic/currentissue/) section.
Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Roy on October 29, 2010, 12:46:35 am
Our next issue, Black Static # 20 will contain an 8,700 word story which is a collaboration between Paul Meloy & Sarah Pinborough - The Compartments of Hell. Due out December so subscribe now (http://host2.clickandbuild.com/cnb/shop/ttapress?productID=3&op=catalogue-product_info-null&prodCategoryID=4) to be sure of your copy.

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Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Roy on November 01, 2010, 06:43:23 pm
If you are in the Liverpool area on 26 Nov we are having a Black Static Showcase at Waterstone's Liverpool One (http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/displayDetailEvent.do?searchType=2&store=442|WATERSTONE%27S+LIVERPOOL+ONE&sFilter=1). This will be the second in their Twisted Tales horror fiction readings (http://twistedtalesevents.blogspot.com/) and TTA authors Graham Joyce (http://www.grahamjoyce.net/), Paul Finch (http://www.blakefriedmann.co.uk/bookclients/_319/) and Simon Kurt Unsworth (http://simonkurtunsworth.wordpress.com/) will provide the chills.

I'll be there with the magazines so its a rare opportunity to buy them in Waterstones and we hope to do more such events if we are anywhere near as successful as that Halloween event.

Start 6 pm, end 8 pm

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Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Paul Campbell on November 02, 2010, 01:11:12 am
Roy,

I joined/renewed just as BS#19 came out - but I still haven't received it yet. Hate contacting you guys publicly like this through a forum, but I've PM'd via the TTA address three times this pass week and haven't heard anything yet. Double checked my current account and PayPal definitely deducted the £21 in the second week of October.
Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Andy C on November 02, 2010, 09:15:25 am
I replied to your email of 29th October immediately, saying that the main mailing was actually sent before you subscribed but that your copy was posted later and should have arrived by now, therefore I'd send a replacement.

I also responded immediately to yoru email of the following day, and obviously now I was concerned that my email's weren't getting through. I tried again yesterday.

Please check your spam filter. :)

But don't worry, the original copy obviously went missing, and the replacement copy will be with you shortly.
Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Paul Campbell on November 02, 2010, 09:30:16 am
I replied to your email of 29th October immediately, saying that the main mailing was actually sent before you subscribed but that your copy was posted later and should have arrived by now, therefore I'd send a replacement.

I also responded immediately to yoru email of the following day, and obviously now I was concerned that my email's weren't getting through. I tried again yesterday.

Please check your spam filter. :)

But don't worry, the original copy obviously went missing, and the replacement copy will be with you shortly.

Cheers Andy!

That's the weird thing - I did check my spam folder! Strange. In all the years I think I've only had one item go astray in the post. Hope you guys can claim the lost issue off the Post Office: I know they cover 1st and 2nd class up to, I believe, £27.
Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Roy on November 02, 2010, 10:47:00 am
Hi Paul. Andy's on top of this so no need for further action by me.
If you think you have other communication problems you can e mail me at roy1gray (at) yahoo (dot) co (dot) uk
Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Paul Campbell on November 27, 2010, 09:03:17 am
BLACK STATIC 19

Of all the writers, Steve Rasnic Tem’s story was the one I was most looking forward to, having just read and enjoyed his contribution to Stephen Jones’s latest anthology, ‘Visitants: Stories of Fallen Angels & Heavenly Hosts’ (not forgetting his excellent contribution to ‘Subtle Edens’ edited by Allen Ashley).

But it was a crushing disappointment: interminable and with unconvincing dialogue (though I suspect that was affected, but still...). The writing was dead and cold. Now, you could take the cop-out and say, “Well, it was written in the 2nd person, so that’s kinda unavoidable.” Hogwash. All 500 pages of Brian Aldiss’s brilliant new novel, ‘Walcot’, were also written in the 2nd person. It’s warm, it’s moving. It’s his magnum opus. In the end if I’m not ‘inside’ a story - if I’m consciously aware that I’m reading – then no matter what merits it may have, for me it’s failed. I want to lose myself in a story; not feel like I’m slogging my way through a pile of Cliff Notes.

“Beach Combing” by Ray Cluley was brief, but very effective: here a young boy ‘sees’ the memories in the found objects he touches.

Joel Lane is hit and miss for me: his ‘Earthwire’ collection left me cold, but ‘The Terrible Changes’ and ‘The Witnesses Are Gone’ were superb. At his best Lane can completely connect you to the honesty of the emotions he’s conveying. “The Sleep Mask” is good, but I didn’t have a strong reaction to it. It wasn’t a ‘miss’, so perhaps it was just a case of not doing for me what past stories had done better.

Lane’s tale was about a man suffering from a sleep disorder (although with Lane, such matters are just surface details to the deeper layers of his stories). The next tale is “They Will Not Rest” by Simon Clark is also about sleep – only here certain death awaits everyone if they fall asleep. This, then, is a nightmare scenario where people have to stay awake in order to stay alive. One of the best Simon Clark short stories I’ve read in years.

Last is “The Wound Dresser” by Lavie Tidhar. One of the shortest in the magazine, but not a word is wasted. Great tone, extremely effective. Having just read Jones’s angels anthology I was immediately intrigued to see what Tidhar’s angel story would be like – and it’s not at all like any of the contributions to ‘Visitants’! Along with the Clark, one of the strongest stories in the issue.

Despite disappointments, I do admire the range of stories in Black Static, something I never felt with The Third Alternative (although admittedly I bailed on TTA when it had barely reached its teen numbers: for me it was just a miasma of myopic misery. More than anything, what really galled me with the whole ‘slipstream’ malarkey was that all involved were convinced they were reinventing the wheel. Yeah, right. They were doing nothing Brian Aldiss hadn’t already done – better – with his ‘Acid-Head’ stories in the ‘60s. Hell, even on a bad day Aldiss could write circles around the whole lot of them).

All the regular non-fiction comments from Fowler, O’Driscoll and Volk are terrific reads, though all of them concern themselves for the most part with films.

There’s a lengthy interview with Stephen Jones and extensive coverage of recent anthologies. My only real gripe with Black Static is the amount of effort, time and paper – 9 pages – wasted on reviewing the utter schlock of DVD drivel. Really, who cares already? (Leave that nonsense, I say, to Kim Newman and his Empire Magazine column.) I’d much prefer another story or interview...

A note on the layout and design: I have to say, since issue 16 Black Static has become a far more pleasurable read, not least because of the colour; with the b&w everything – I don’t know – just sort of blurred and smudged together. Reading could be a chore at times. Not only does the colour do the artwork more justice, but it helps to separate everything out. Plus I like having all the comments at the beginning, stories in the middle and reviews at the end. It just makes it so much easier to find stuff. For instance, I was looking through some of the b&w back issues and, jeez, trying to find something was a killer: stories, comments and reviews were scattered hither and yon, and not always helpfully labelled. I hope the current design and layout stays the way it is, as I like it just fine.

All in all 19 is a solid issue, if for this humble reader not as good as 18.
Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Pigasus on November 29, 2010, 09:12:30 pm
..My only real gripe with Black Static is the amount of effort, time and paper – 9 pages – wasted on reviewing the utter schlock of DVD drivel. Really, who cares already?

Well, I do, for starters... and I think films & TV are a vital part of the genre, just as important as new horror stories.
I can understand if you dislike movies in general, but not all the DVDs reviewed should be considered 'schlock' or 'drivel'.

Blood Spectrum in #19 covers at least half a dozen good-to-great films, plus 3 or 4 interesting/ worthwhile failures.
There are still many fine horror films being made, nowadays, as the magazine's other columnists often point out.
Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Paul Campbell on November 30, 2010, 12:55:02 am

I can understand if you dislike movies in general


I don't like movies. I love movies. But - alas - in the 21st century 'movie', 'horror' and 'good' just don't go together!  ;)
Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Roy on December 08, 2010, 12:03:59 pm
Interesting comments Paul. Maybe the Peter Tennant advent calendar (http://bit.ly/h9rJy4) and David Gentry's art will make up for the abundance of DVD reviews. It is important to cater for the many readers with a yen for movie horror in the magazine and I'm glad I'm not the editor. Plus people like bad horror movies.
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Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Roy on February 19, 2011, 01:57:53 pm
Black Static 21 is out now (http://bit.ly/gcHDDK) and has two first time authors in the TOC. One of these is Victoria Leslie who lives in Portsmouth and her success is celebrated in her local newspaper, The News. You can see what the photographer thinks about horror fiction writers from his photo (http://bit.ly/ifpylT). 
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Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Des Lewis on February 27, 2011, 05:42:01 pm
I've just completed my real-time review of the five stories in the new issue of BLACK STATIC, i.e. #21
including one story inspired by 'The Yellow Wallpaper' and another by Peter Cushing in
Frankenstein films.
http://nullimmortalis.wordpress.com/2011/02/26/black-static-21/

Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Roy on March 06, 2011, 08:53:32 pm
Cheers Des. Your real time reviews are intense, immediate and very personal. I wonder do you think they would be very different if you read the stories under different circumstances eg on train journey, from an ebook or online?
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Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Roy on April 20, 2011, 08:44:17 pm
Black Static 22 is out now and has short fiction from two authors who also have their new novels in the Peter Tennant's Case Notes reviews section. Burying Brian by Steven Pirie (http://bit.ly/g5TUfm) (with interview),  Frankenstein's Prescription by Tim Lees (http://bit.ly/foMHNu) (with interview).
More on the issue with titles, teasers and art here. (http://bit.ly/gligIq)
This issue and Interzone's latest (http://bit.ly/gMvMqu), and lots of other TTA goodies, will be on sale at Eastercon (http://bit.ly/f4M6vz) this weekend.

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Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: David A. Riley on April 21, 2011, 10:48:33 am
Just got my copy in the post this morning. I look forward to reading it over the Easter weekend.
Title: Re: Black Static
Post by: Roy on August 08, 2011, 12:02:14 am
The 2011 World Fantasy Award nominations have been announced, and Mercurio D. Rivera's 'Tu Sufrimiento Shall Protect Us' from Black Static #18 is up for the Short Story Award. Download Mercurio's story for free from the TTA Press website (http://ttapress.com/downloads/Tu Sufrimiento Shall Protect Us.pdf) along with Richard Butner's 'Holderhaven'  (http://ttapress.com/downloads/Holderhaven.pdf)(from Crimewave 11: Ghosts) which is shortlisted for a Shirley Jackson Award (Novelette) for outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic.

Plus 4 Black Static authors and an interviewee at Waterstones in Deansgate, Manchester (UK) on Saturday, August 13 · 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Ramsey Campbell, Gary McMahon, Joel Lane, Conrad Williams and Tom Fletcher discuss urban horror. There will also be readings by each author. (http://www.garymcmahon.com/2011/08/urban-horror.html)
Also on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=137981892956613)

Black Static 24 line up with Ramsey Campbell. (http://bit.ly/okpgAR)

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