BLACK STATIC ISSUE #60. Zine review

BLACK STATIC ISSUE #60, Edited by Andy Cox, TTA Press, p/b, £5.99,

Reviewed by Sandra Scholes

Black Static is TTA Press’s horror magazine version of Interzone, where there is a lot of new dark fiction books, films, interviews and comments. Lynda E Rucker leads us into her column Into the Abyss mentioning that this is a different column than was meant to be. Horror means something different to all of us and for some, the horror of real life can be real. Lynda feels there are reasons as to why people don’t like horror and tells her own reasons why we should not be so quick to judge or brush it aside.

Ralph Robert Moore gives us his Halloween comment going back to the seventies to tell his tale, which in its own way is insightful and rich with anecdotes. Guest Editorial comes from Mick Reed who goes into the strange effects of award winning and what happens when one has too much popularity. I never get tired of these editorial pieces as they give readers a chance to have a look behind the scenes somewhat of being an editor, we almost get to see what they are thinking and that makes for interesting reading.

Blood Spectrum is Gary Couzens opportunity to go into movies both old and new that he thinks deserve his attention. Neil Gaiman’s American Gods Season One is under scrutiny after his success with Lucifer seeing British actor Ian McShane as Mr Wednesday and about old gods who have settled down in the states with many oblivious to who they really are. There are several collectors’ series movies from way back in the 80s, Waxwork, Return of the Living Dead 3, CHUD II Bud the Chud and Blood Diner. As there is an 80s revival at the moment, I can see more old movies getting this treatment from a younger audience who can appreciate how movies were filmed in those days of big hair and ozone-killing hairspray.More than anything else, what we see in these movies is what sfx make up looked like before the sophistication we have now, and the immense budgets. The third season of Gotham is debated as is Japanese shock movie Temple. Old and new are worth talking about as there are so many differences in script and movie making and for those of us who remember watching those old movies it’s a treat to read.

Case Notes is the reviews section by Peter Tennant who gives his opinion on novels. Written on the Land Itself Daniel Mills The Account of David Stonehouse, Exile Moriah which also has an added extra of an author interview. Four Books by Alison Littlewood, Ancient & Modern Geffrey Thomas and Short Story Collections by Mike O’Driscoll and David Sakmyster.

I just thought I would mention that Black Static has a strange cover by Ben Baldwin called The King in Yellow that reminded me of a twisted male Statue of Liberty. The September/October issue of Black Static is as enjoyable as it was years ago.