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Murky Depths: Issue Two Review

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Murky Depths: Issue Two Review


Murky Depths Issue Two CoverMurky Depths: Issue Two / Review
“The Quarterly Anthology Of Graphically Dark Speculative Fiction”

Contents:

  • The Art Of War / David Ryan
  • Duchess Street / Kurt Kirchmeier / Frankie Wallington
  • With A Whimper With A Bang / D.M. Moehrle / Paul O’Connell
  • Super-size Security / A.R. Yngve
  • The Dark Gospel, Part One, Tin-Man / Luke Cooper
  • Yellow Warbler / Jason Sizemore / Michael Lomon
  • Bernadette And The Sirens / Hannah Davey / Martin Deep
  • The Litter / Katherine Patterson / James Fletcher
  • Death And The Maiden, Part Two / Richard Calder
  • Venus And The Birth Of Zephyrus / Sarah Wagner / Mark Bell
  • The Last Flight / Silvanus Moxley
  • SPOIL, Part One / Stan Nicholls / Edward R. Norden
  • Hair Of The Dog / Edward Morris / Timothy Shepherd
  • Firewallburn / Dave Ryan / Dennis Hopeless
  • Phantom Payment / Willie Meikle / Ricky Martin
  • Poppets / Mike Driver / Mark Bell
  • Church Of Saturn / Alex Wilson

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Murky Depths: Issue Three Review

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Murky Depths: Issue Three Review


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Murky Depths Issue Three CoverMurky Depths: Issue Three / Review
“The Quarterly Anthology Of Graphically Dark Speculative Fiction”

Contents: Title / Author / Artist

  • What’s Yours Is Mine / Pike Stephenson / Dylan Williams
  • Evention / Mike Webster / Lucas Hinchley
  • The Suicide Bar / Montilee Stormer /Jag Lall & Denis Pacher
  • Nine-tenths Of The Law / Edward Morris / Wayne Blackhurst
  • In This the Era of the Great Wilting / Jeffrey Archer-Burton / Jason Beam
  • Death and the Maiden 3 / Richard Calder / Richard Calder
  • Shit New World / Martin Hayes / James Cameron
  • Maimed / Hazel Marcus Ong / Glen James
  • SPOIL / Stan Nicholls / Johnny Lee
  • The Dark Gospel 2 / Luke Cooper / Luke Cooper
  • Speak Ill Of The Dead / Ian Faulkner / Mark Bell
  • Zombie Diva / Glynn Barrass / Lucas Hinchley
  • The Love Ship Guide to Seduction in Zero Gravity / Steve Pirie / Denis Pacher

Non Fiction:

  • Sprawl and Brawl: Five Reasons Why Cyberpunk Sustains (Article) / Matt Wallace
  • An Interview with Stan Nicholls



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Murky Depths: Issue One Review

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Murky Depths: Issue One Review


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Murky Depths Issue One CoverMurky Depths: Issue One / Review
“The Quarterly Anthology Of Graphically Dark Speculative Fiction”

Contents:

  • Death and the Maiden / Richard Calder
  • Looking In, Looking Out / Gareth D. Jones
  • Come To My Arms My Beamish Boy / Douglas Warrick
  • Paston, Kentucky / Jonathan C. Gillespie
  • The Other Woman / Chris Lynch
  • 67442 / Paul Abbamondi
  • Supply Ship / Kate Kelly
  • State Your Name / Jon Courtenay Grimwood
  • Empathy / Luke Cooper
  • Snowblind / Marcie Lynn
  • Cyberevenge Inc. / Eugie Foster
  • Today Is Not / Michael Sellars
  • I Bleed Light / Edward R. Norden
  • The Quality of Mercy / Ron Shiflet
  • Naught But Ash / Anne Stringer
  • The Pattern Makers of Zanzibar / Lavie Tidhar



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Fiction Magazine Issue One Review


scifi horror fantasy magazine cover fiction magazineFiction Magazine : Issue One

Reviewed By Gareth D. Jones

With the recent demise of both Scifantastic and Here and Now it was time once again for the doomsayers to emerge from the woodwork and proclaim the imminent end of the short fiction market. Fortunately we’re able to counter that with the launch last month of Hub, the forthcoming Murky Depths and this week issue #1 of Fiction magazine.

The team behind Fiction also come with that essential element for the launch of a new magazine – boundless optimism. In the editorial on the first page they acknowledge that the full-colour glossy paper hasn’t actually materialised, but throughout the magazine there’s a vibrancy and positivity that it can only go from strength to strength. The editorial and reviews are written in a friendly, informal style, and there are plenty of comments thrown in between to make you feel really involved in this new endeavour. The whole mag has the feel of a website brought to paper and, like the other two new magazines, this gives it a style and feel that stands out as something different.

So what of the fiction, which is, after all, the title of the magazine? There are three stories in this issue, a little mean I thought, but they are all of decent length and make the magazine a respectable 60 A5 pages.

The first story, Sam, is by Terence W Martin, who is coincidentally the editor of Murky Depths and who even more coincidentally lives about ½ a mile from me. The eponymous Sam is a mysterious old man who befriends and adopts an orphan boy. The two obviously have some kind of connection, and Sam is more than he seems, but while several years are briefly condensed there is still a good feel for the relationship that develops between them. What Sam wants out of the relationship and who he actually is are not startling when revealed, but the story comes across with a warmth and a sense of history that make it a pleasant read.

Paul May’s Motorway Madness is set on the automated motorways of the future. It mixes gadgetry and gimmicks with the old adage of a woman scorned; for the unfortunate chap driving along in his automated car his ex-lover happens to be one of the designers of the system. The tension builds nicely and the pages flashed by as quick as the billboards, keeping me hooked to the end.

An entirely too plausible crusade in the not too distant future is the setting for Martin McGrath’s Soldier of God. It’s full of action and adventure and portrays an air of cynicism and irony that lend it a convincing voice. It adds a nice variety to the collection and I’m looking forward to seeing what they bring us next time.

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Murky Depths: Issue 0 Promo Review


murky depths cover issue zero brit les edwards arwork scifiMurky Depths Promo Issue

Graphically Dark Speculative Fiction

As previously mentioned, Murky Depths is a brand new printed ‘zine which posits itself as something which brings together different storytelling techniques in a single magazine that will entertain its reader with its enjoyable, dark and thought-provoking fiction.

This demo issue has a mixture of graphically dark art strips, written fiction, poetry based on the artwork accompanying it - which was inspired by Richard Matheson’s ‘I Am Legend’, and one story which is a mixture of written fiction and graphical fiction.

First impressions: even though this is only sixteen pages long, it crams a whole lot in. And you have to remember that this is the promo issue, and that issue one will be around eighty pages. The pages are ‘american comic book’ size, which to me is neither here nor there, it works very well, and reminds me of Marvel and DC comics. On page sizing, as long as something printed is not too small it can’t be read, or too big it looks like you’re reading The Times, I don’t mind.

The quality of the paper is professional and it is non-glossy, which again, is perfect - it stops light reflecting off it and making it unreadable, or only readable at an angle. Binding is a couple of staples which is suitable for this small promo issue. The colour on the front and back cover is vivid and certainly stands out. I should mention the unusual front cover artwork ( By Les Edwards) which you can see in this review - it looks way better on the cover. And it is dark. And weird. And.. well, maybe not one for the kiddies.

Inside it is black and white, but don’t let this put you off. The eye catching black and white artwork (including the comic strips) throughout does well to complement the black text on white background, which again, means it’s easy on the eyes, and readable (non of this red text on a nice colour picture which looks totally unreadable).
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