LORE VOLUME 2, NO.1 Edited by Rod Heather and Sean Oâ€™Leary, The LORE Firm, Ezine, www.lore-online.com
Reviewed by Jacob Howard
This is the first edition of Lore â€˜zine since more than a decade-long hiatus, with the first nine issues released between 1995 and 2000. The editors decided to reform the magazine after MythosCon 2011, and the new and improved Lore 2.0 was launched online at www.lore-online.com. The site hosts their previous collections and has new blogs/articles by friends and contributors such as Dr. Robert M Price of â€˜Crypt of Cthulhuâ€™ fame.
This latest collection moves away from horror towards science fiction and fantasy, and begins with an introduction by one of the editors, Rod Heather â€“ mainly in praise and thanks to Richard Corben (designer of Meatloafâ€™s â€˜Bat out of Hellâ€™ album cover) for providing illustrations.
Without giving away any spoilers, hereâ€™s a taste of what to expect:
“Fairy Gold” by Peadar Ã“ GuilÃn – A modern/futuristic take on the classic fairy tale myth of the dangers of entering the Fairy realm.
“Picking Roses For Chateelet” by Garrett Ashley – The last remnants of Earth’s species inspire nomadic aliens to explore their feelings and sexual nature.
“Wait” by Kevin Wallis – There’s a monster in the woods… a poignant tale of vengeance and loss.
“Splash” by Don Webb, Richard Lupoff, Scott Cupp, Michael Kurland, Michael Mallory, Paul Di Filippo, and Jim Kelly – Layered science fiction prison break story about a part-alien, part-machine, part- human immortal known as Radiant.
“Toll and Trouble” by David A. Hill – My favourite of this collection for its combination of comic slights and cosmic heights of Machiavellian plotting.
“Lonely, Lonely” by Daniel P. Swenson â€“ Peaceful hive mind race is attacked by alien machines bent on warfare.
“She Wanted to Go Into the Trees” by Patricia Russo – Written from the point of view of a genetic outcast from society, searching for freedom.
“The Spacetime Subway Station” by Clinton Lawrence â€“ Robot author creates portal into a new universe based on his book.
“The Deposition of Leodiel Fand” by Brian McNaughton – An unfinished tale from the late author’s opus set in an elaborate world of court politics, sexual intrigue, murder and music.
Each of the short stories is of a similarly high caliber, but what really shines out from this work is the passion of the editors, collaborators and writers â€“ weâ€™re glad to see them back in action and look forward to reading more!