I’m going to have to find a more reliable source for my newsstand copies of Black Static. It takes a little effort to find a copy on the shelves here in Chicago — but that effort is definitely worth it.
Issue #47 is cover-dated July/August, and contains six stories:
“On the Road with the American Dead” by James Van Pelt
“All the Day You’ll Have Good Luck” by Kate Jonez
“Razorshins” by John Connolly
“The Devil’s Hands” by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam
“When the Devil’s Driving” by Ray Cluley
“A Case Study in Natural Selection and How it Applies to Love” by Eric J. Guignard
The magazine’s regular columns include Coffinmaker’s Blues by Stephen Volk and Notes From the Borderland by Lynda E. Rucker.
The magazine also offers two terrific review columns: Blood Spectrum by Tony Lee (DVD/Blu-ray reviews); and Case Notes by Peter Tennant (book reviews). I’m not sure why so many other magazines have a hard time doing highly visual review columns, with book covers, movie stills, and behind-the-scenes pics. Just open up a single issue of Black Static (or its sister magazine, Interzone), and you’ll see how it’s done.
Issue 47 is nearly 100 pages and comes packed with new dark fantasy and horror, and top-notch art. The front and back cover art is by Richard Wagner.
As usual, the magazine is filled with eye-catching b&w art. Black Static is consistently one of the sharpest looking magazines on the racks. Here’s the opening spread for James Van Pelt’s “On the Road with the American Dead” (illustrated by Richard Wagner).
And Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam’s “The Devil’s Hands.”
Eric J. Guignard’s “A Case Study in Natural Selection and How it Applies to Love” is illustrated by Jim Burns.
Finally, here’s a glimpse at Peter Tennant’s Case Notes book review column.
See more details and excerpts from issue 47 at the TTA website.
Black Static is edited by Andy Cox, and published by TTA Press. Issue #47 is cover-dated July/August 2015. It is 96 pages, priced at £4.99. Copies are usually around $9.99 here in the US. A six-issue subscription is £27 (UK) and £33 in the US. Order right from the TTA Press website.
We last covered Black Static with issue #46.