WIR #—: Magazines

weird_tales_351-125Lovely, lovely, lovely international fiction: Slovakian, Israeli, Phillipine, Serbian, and Scottish. All of it filled with wonder, gore, and beautiful weirdness. There is little that is much better than this.

I especially enjoyed the articulate doom of Alistair Rennie's BleakWarrior Meets the Sons of Brawl, which Weird Tales described as "the metadimensional streetfighting throwdown of the year." Amen to that, and all blessings to Achlana Promff, Priestess of the Church of Nechmeniah. Shalom!

These are the authors of the short stories contained within this issue of Weird Tales, and all that remains of the fiction within is Ekaterina Sedia's The Alchemy of Stone, being chapter one of a new Steampunk novel. (Sedia, a native of Russia, lives in New Jersey. To that I say, pass the vodka and long live the Holland Tunnel.)

weird_tales-352-125Next on the magazine agenda? Eleven tales of the bizarre from authors Matthew Cheney, Kathe Koja, Chris Furst, Tim Pratt, Felix Gilman, Mark Budman, Chris Ward, Micaela Morrissette, Michael Bishop, Eric Lis, and Ben Thomas. Included is an interview with Neil Gaiman. (Since only his name is readable on the scanned cover, I'll tell you that the entire blurb reads, "Neil Gaiman refuses to wear a Darth Vader mask." Good thing, too. :P)

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