Kimota #1 (ed. by Graeme Hurry)

Review by Jenny Barber

This review was originally published in the January/February 1995 issue of the BFS Newsletter (Vol. 19, No. 1).

The first issue of this Preston SF Group ‘zine is excellent and features a very high standard of contents, kicking off with the fantastic Deep Blue by Stephen Laws and, in short, we are talking WOW here. It’s about Buddy Holly’s rave from the grave – a suicidal song with disastrously epic proportions.

What else can top that? Well, maybe Mick by Caroline Dunford which is a spookily outstanding story. Although the ending is a little unclear, it is nevertheless a truly engrossing tale of experimental ‘possession’ which inevitably goes wrong. This one really swallows you up from the very first page.

A Room of My Own by Kevin K Rattan is fabulous. It gives you just enough line then pulls you in completely by displaying sibling rivalry which develops into the low case loathing of a potato-like granny who is unfortunate enough to move into the house of the main character.

There are some inspiring comic strips here as well, such as Doctor Hocen and the Aliens by Ben and Sonja which gives you the great perspective on reality in which the doctor finds himself on an alien planet and systematically makes various aliens disappear because of their unrealisticness (such as ET and alien) but a stoned skeleton appears on the scene and totally disbelieves in the doctor’s existence (Hurrah!!) resulting in a brilliant ending.

A flat story in this issue is Conrad Williams’ The Bone Garden which tries very hard to present an after the grave type yarn but fails as the story crawls along like a dying Skoda.

Kimota is magnificent, giving an extensive range of exquisite stories splattered with first class illustrations.