All things change. Some frequently, some not, but it’s good to shake it up once and awhile, see where it takes you. With this latest issue, at the solid dozen mark, Unnerving Magazine does just that. Beyond dark tales of horror and accompanying non-fiction articles and commentary, we’re now blessed with a wide variety of shiny new toys including columns and comics and interviews and book reviews. Let’s dig in, shall we.
Danger’s Failed Film Pitches: This issue has not one, but two hilarious bites of pure, unadulterated Danger Slater giving us a peek at what really goes on in the world of A-List movie pitching. A gift, really, perfect bookends.
First Horror Features: Richard Chizmar, Cat Rambo and Daniel Kraus dish on their earliest horror memories. It’s always cool to see what formative influences authors have.
Too Stubborn to Quit: Eddie has a new column providing hard-learned wisdom on all things writing related – starting with cold story openings. If you want to know how to hook a submissions editor when they’re plowing through an enormous slush pile, this one’s for you.
Cancer and Creativity: A great interview with William Meikle about getting his life and writing jump started after a battle with cancer. William is one of my Rob’s go-to authors for supernatural detectives and cosmic horror, so it’s great to hear that William’s come out on top of it all.
Reviews: A solid collection of novel and anthology reviews including The Skin Factory by Lucas Pederson, which we’re definitely going to be picking up after reading about it.
Jacques: A mini-comic by Eddie and TovanSakura. Not going to spoil it, but it made us laugh.
And some great fiction, of course. Here are some two sentence thoughts:
“Here There be Spyders” by Graham Watkins
Sometimes you have to face your greatest fear. And undoubtably devour it.
“Circle of Lias” by Lawrence C. Connolly
Is there anything sweeter than a honey-bun? A box of honey-buns!
“It Gets Blacker” by H. Pueyo
And very dark. And deep. An excellent short piece that doesn’t involve eating, but that’s okay.
“Black Brothel: Haunted Holes” by Renee Miller
Well, there’s something strange about Mary. And while ravenous, we’re no longer at all hungry.
“A Friend in Paga” by Brent Michael Kelley
We’d kill, or worse, for a solid night’s sleep. How about you?
So all in all an excellent refresh, well worth picking up for an extremely reasonable few bucks a year. And while you’re at it, check out the Unnerving Podcast and Unnerving’s fiction offerings.
About the Editor: Eddie Generous
Eddie Generous is the author of many books, including Savage Beasts of the Arctic Circle, Rawr, Radio Run, Great Big Teeth, and Trouble at Camp Still Waters from Severed Press, Plantation Pan from Omnium Gatherum Books, and numerous story collections. He is the founder/editor/publisher/artist behind Unnerving and Unnerving Magazine, and the host of the Unnerving Podcast. He was born in Ontario, Canada and now lives on the Pacific Coast of Canada with his wife and their cat overlords.