Supernatural Tales 15
When you are stuck in the rut of reading loads of reference 'stuff' for the latest university project (due this Friday, gulp), or books that need reviewing, it's a pleasure to take time out of all 'that' to read the latest 'Supernatural Tales' as it drops through the ltter box. This is issue 15, packed to the guddles with seven stories and some reviews, all for a mere £5, or £12 for a three-issue subscription - go on, spoil yourself, you know it makes sense. The seven stories are pretty strong, I only found 'Every One Shall Live' a bit weak, but this issue starts well with Joel Lane's 'Beneath the Streets'. Lane is one of the best and bravest (in terms of what he tackles as subject matter) short story writers around, and this doesn't disappoint. Following that is Rosalie Parker's 'The Portrait'. Given that Oscar Wilde, Stephen King,and Susan Hill have all written memorable tales involving paintings, and a few others have too, it's a hard sub-genre to come up with something new and original but Parker has managed it here, with an enjoyable, well-written story; and I must devote less time in charity shops to buying books and look at what else is on sale, although remembering what happens to Sadie in this story, perhaps I'll stick to books after all. 'To Pass the Night' is an interesting twist on possibly the original tale-teller, but not too chilling; while with 'Dark Wind Through Brightest Wing' we are clearly in classic horror-tale mode with the hatred of a father for his three sons living on beyond his death. D. Siddall's 'The Judas Man' is well written and creepy and evocative in places, but I did spot the ending coming, though had envisaged an even more horrible one - no, that's enough of the spoliers!. Finally, keeping the best until last is Louis Marvick's 'Pockets of Emptiness'. Following the stories are some reviews about two suggested 'neglected classics' from ST readers in 'The Shadowy Thing' by H.B. Drake and 'The Other Passenger' by John Keir Cross. Editor, David Longhorn also reviews some anthologies and collections that are worth following up, such as The Haunted History booklets from Brian J. Showers, and Ray Russell's 'Putting the Pieces in Place'. The cheap DVD choice this issue is 'Night of the Eagle', costing only a fiver, based on the Fritz Leiber novel 'Conjure Wife' with a screenplay by Richard Matheson and Charles Beaumont. Only a fiver? It's a bargain, rather like 'Supernatural Tales.'

By: Ian Hunter On Monday, 20 July 2009 Comment Comments( 3 ) Hits Views(2049)
Comments Re: Supernatural Tales 15
Ooh - mine arrived, but I stillhaven't had time to read it yet. I've renewed my subscription, though.
By: Jim Steel , On Monday, 20 July 2009
Comments Re: Supernatural Tales 15
I renewed mine too, and all because you wrote about it in your blog! What a crazy feedback blog loop thing is going on here, but good solid stuff as usual. More people should be reading ST. You hear me out there!
By: Ian Hunter , On Monday, 20 July 2009
Comments Re: Supernatural Tales 15
Weirdly, you don't even mention my favorite (yup, I've read this issue now) - Huw Langridge's 'Last Train to Tassenmere'. But it was a strong volume, and there wasn't all that much of a gap between the top stories.
By: Jim Steel , On Thursday, 30 July 2009