Monthly Archives: July 2011

2011: The Story So Far – Second Quarter

Back in April I did a list of my favourite books of the year so far, and as it’s now July time for another update. I read thirty books in the first quarter, but only twenty eight in the second … Continue reading

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Filler Content

Another one of those occasions when I am pressed for time, and so post a story from my back catalogue, mostly ones that are not very good. This is called “Red Thumb” and I’m pretty sure it was published somewhere … Continue reading

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Midweek Musings #3

ITEM: All the comment over the Beckhams naming their latest sprog Harper Seven has reminded me that I was never really that happy with my own middle name. I was christened Peter Alfred, the second name in honour of an uncle … Continue reading

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“The Compartments of Hell” by Paul Meloy & Sarah Pinborough

This story from Black Static #20 marks the first appearance of Sarah Pinborough in the magazine, and Meloy‘s second, but his first collaboration. You could best sum it up as grunge apocalypse, a hybrid of Trainspotting and Conrad Williams’ One. … Continue reading

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Second Go Round

For my Sunday evening viewing pleasure, I decided to spend some time with horror film remakes. The Amityville Horror (2005) Ryan Reynolds and Melissa George are George and Kathy Lutz who, with her three children by a previous relationship, move into a … Continue reading

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“Served Cold” by Gary Couzens

I often think that with the horror genre the label itself is something that has to be surmounted. As a brand name it prompts us to expect to be shocked and disturbed, but that expectation in itself dilutes the anticipated … Continue reading

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“Faces in the Walls” by John Shirley

John Shirley is one of the most acclaimed writers in the speculative genres, with an impressive list of credits to his name. This story from #17 is his only appearance in Black Static. To my mind it’s a story of two … Continue reading

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