Archive for October 2011

interview by Joe Vaz

It was one of the rare stories that came to me instantly, all at once, in a lightning bolt containing the plot, characters, world, and moral. Someone else wrote it, I think, and I simply downloaded it from their consciousness, in a kind of psychic plagiarism.

From Issue 14 (Oct 2011)
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by A.A. Garrison

They left in the gray of morning, Penning and his only son, Willam. By carriage, the city was a half day's journey. The treasons were at high noon.

The two mounted the carriage's uncushioned bench and Penning started the horses, the chinked, tumbledown house drifting past. Willam followed it with his head, Henri on the porch and waving. Willam called out, "Bye, Mama!" and waved back. The humble property was soon out of sight. It was Willam's ninth birthday.

From Issue 14 (Oct 2011)
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Cover Art by Hendrik Gericke

Hendrik Gericke

First off, you have to do your prep work. It's easy to figure out the composition and general light balance in the early stages, so lots of thumbnail sketches are the order of the day. From the outset I work in photoshop, digital painting is a good tool as it allows a lot of freedom to change and rework without making a mess. From there you scale it up to the full resolution and begin refining it. The rest of it is basically round after round of tightening, making sure the eye flows across the space and to the correct points. It's essentially the same as an oil painting, but more premeditated.

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by Joe Vaz

Our Oct 2011 issue is once again packed with original fiction starting with our cover story which will be available from 4th of October, beautifully illustrated by Hendrik Gericke, “The Treasons”, by A.A. Garrison which is about a father and son road trip across a desolate land.
Our novelette for this month is “Jiang Shi”, by William Mitchell, in which an opium trader deals with constant chronic pain by sampling his goods, until he finds another source of relief, and that will be online from 11th of October.
On the 18th of October we have “The Watcher in The Corner” by Michael Hodges, a poignant story about a being who watches a family, silently, from its corner of the ceiling.
And we close of this issue on the 25th of October with a reprint by Davin Ireland entitled “Engaging the Idrl” and is about a group of soldiers securing a foreign planet.
Our feature interview, this month, (published on the 18th) is with Joan De La Haye.

From Issue 14 (Oct 2011)
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