Issue #62 of Black Static is once again chock full of deep, thoughtful dark fiction. This is fiction that will squirm inside of you, leaving a dark stain on your memory and things get off to a bleak dystopian beginning with Sanguinary Scar by E. Catherine Tobler. This is a pretty grim tale where a future New York-one submerged under water-is the centrepiece for some dark goings-on as a tyrannical father struggles to come to terms with the loss of his son. This is a harrowing look at an alternate, desperate future. Grim reading indeed. Jack Westlake’s story is up next and it is incredibly powerful. It’s a look at addiction told through vivid and disturbing images as one addict meets another. The clue as to what this story is about lies in its title. I wanted to clean my teeth after reading this one, it’s unbelievably good!
David Martin’s Things Behind the Sun left me so impressed I immediately went to Amazon and bought a short fiction collection of his. I love dark tales with music at the centre and this is an absolutely mesmerizing tale. It represents everything that is great about Black Static. Kay Chronister’s entry didn’t quite resonate with me as strongly as some of the others, still it is far from being a bad story. And so we reach the final fiction piece by Michael Wehunt. Wehunt is a writer that doesn’t have a mediocre story inside of him and his sombre tale of loss, Caring for A Stray Dog (Metaphors), is deeply moving, a little unnerving but above all else a joy to read. Despite its bleak overtones, there is hope to be found here.
Packed with the usual reviews, always excellent non-fiction by Lynda E. Rucker and Ralph Robert Moore and stunning artwork, Black Static is a must read for any discerning fan of dark fiction.
4/5 apparitions from the Grim Reader.
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