Archive for September 2011

interview by Joe Vaz

I was thinking about The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, which is one of those plays we all read in high school, and this image popped into my head. A beautiful girl (Abigail Williams) with a wicked smile, just walking down the middle of the street in 17th century Salem, and behind her, the town burns.

From Issue 13 (Sept 2011)
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by Jason Kahn

“…‘Tis a perilous time we live in, good people, as we are beset on all sides by the agents of darkness,” boomed the orator in deep, sonorous tones. Despite the stifling air, an icy chill prickled up Mary’s spine. This voice was familiar too, though its owner’s identity eluded her. She moved closer, attempting to see.
“Just a fortnight ago in Chester County, a homestead of God-fearin’ Christians all under one roof slept sound in their beds, when a tribe of godless red savages swooped down in the black of night. The men folk were slaughtered where they lay, and the women and children were taken, no doubt to sate the savages’ evil appetites.”
Many of the congregants shouted and yelled in anger. Mary could see the minister’s form now: his black robe, a mane of silvery hair. She moved closer.

From Issue 13 (Sept 2011)
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Cover Art by Vincent Sammy

Vincent Sammy

I illustrate primarily in watercolours. I find it fast and effective. I usually add backgrounds in photoshop, as well as add effects and final visual optimisation. But the basic image is always done in watercolours. I like having an actual "original" artwork.

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by Joe Vaz

All four of this issue’s stories are never-before-published original fiction.
Starting off the batch is ‘Forge of The Soul’ by Jason Kahn, which takes us to Doylestown, Pennsylvania, a small town about to be struck by fear and paranoia last seen around 40 years earlier, in another small town called Salem. Next up we have another piece from Something Wicked alumni, Paul Marlowe, entitled ‘Cotton Avicenna B iv’ which takes us to the dingy back alleys of London one Victorian night, and features the founder of The Etheric Explorer’s club, (which features in ‘The Resident Member’), Rafe Maddox. Scott Brendel’s ‘Groundswell of Love’ is about a rather unfortunate event, that, coupled with a momentary lapse of concentration, results in a pretty bleak (but surprisingly funny) outcome. And to close off our month of original fiction we have a beautiful piece by Damien Filer, about a girl whose somewhat ill brother requires a life-changing favour from her, in ‘Herman’s Bad Seed’.
Our Feature Interview this month is with Cabin Fever author Diane Awerbuck

From Issue 13 (Sept 2011)
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