by Joe Vaz

From Issue 12 (August 2011)

Well here we are, another month and another issue, our second, fully-digital online issue.

Some of you may have noticed that there are actually five Tuesdays this August, so as a result we will be publishing our stories every Thursday for the month of August, but if you can’t wait that long, well you can always buy Issue 12 right now, or save a bundle (45% of cover price) and grab a subscription through our friends over at Weightless Books.

PSA over, and now on with the news.
We have some awesome fiction for you this month, starting off on the 4th of August with a trip to a courtroom for a very interesting trial in The Devil’s Advocate by Ivor W. Hartmann. This is followed on the 11th of August with a story about a hack writer whose story ideas come back to haunt him in Happiest Amongst Mortals by Glen Damien Campbell.

On the 18th we visit with a man struggling to come to terms with the loneliness of his life only to be offered the kind of company he wasn’t expecting in Brian Kirk’s No Longer Alone. And we close off the issue on the 25th of August with a whopping great novelette by M. Scott Carter about The Bayside Incident, which tells the story of the small town of Bayside where, for some reason, the murders have started again.

Our feature interview this month is with Arthur C Clarke Award winner, Lauren Beukes. I spoke to Lauren a week before she won the award in an interview for Escape Pod, so this time round I wanted to know more about what it felt like to be the Clarke winner, and if she felt any pressure carrying the genre-fiction flag for South African writers. Check out that interview on the 16th of August, just in time for Lauren’s US tour and appearance at Worldcon.

Well that’s our issue, plus the usual assortment of non-fiction and Writers Cornered pieces. We hope you enjoy it, feel free to comment on any and all of the stories on the site, and if you get a chance go ahead and rate us, or write a review on Amazon.

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Till next time…
Joe Vaz
3:23 am, 31 July

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