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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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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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Murky Depths


murky depths cover issue zero brit scifiSpeculative Fiction Gets An Addition

Terry Martin and his team are busy working on issue zero, the promo issue, of a new speculative fiction magazine entitled Murky Depths.

Their website has this introduction: Murky Depths is a new magazine with a difference, featuring top quality speculative fiction with sprinklings of horror and fantasy that push the boundaries of science fiction. Each story will be complimented with its own unique artwork. Alongside the straight prose will also be cutting edge graphic stories. Articles across the genres and mixed disciplines will add authority, humour and maybe a little controversy.

Terry also mentioned that it’s UK based, although half the team are over the other side of the pond, in the States. At the moment it’s print only (is this a bad thing!) and you can get more information from the Murky Depths site.

And of course, we’ll review it once it’s out.

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