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Postscripts, Issue 14 (Spring 2008)

This is the latest issue of Postscripts, the magazine of Peter Crowther's PS Publishing. One of the great things about this magazine is that you can never quite be sure what you'll get (apart from a substantial amount to read -- 144 pages in this issue). It's like (in fact, it pretty much is) having someone knowledgeable and trustworthy present you with a bunch of stories you might like. (Chances are, of course, that you won't like all of them; but I think that's less important than the variety and the opportunity to read something you might not otherwise come across.)

My particular favourites in this issue? 'Island Tales', Jeff VanderMeer's 're-imagining' of four folktales from Fiji, Hawaii and the Philippines; it's as compelling as any telling of folktales that I've read. "Something Borrowed, Something Red" by William Alexander, which evokes the creepy atmosphere of what it might be like to live with the threat of changelings who would take away your child if they had the chance, changelings who have their own rules that they know but you don't. And, best of all, 'The Ghosts We Have Become' by Paul Jessup which, in just seven pages, combines an elegant weirdness with so much about the various damaging effects of warfare. It's a story that grows in my mind the more I think about it.

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talekyn
May. 22nd, 2008 04:12 am (UTC)
I need to look into this magazine -- not like I'm not subscribed to enough short story magazines already, what with The New Yorker, Glimmer Train Stories, Tin House, and then the issues of All-Story and Realms of Fantasy that I pick up on the newsstand ...
thisplacehere
May. 25th, 2008 07:47 pm (UTC)
Do, it's worth checking out. I can sympathise with all the magazines; I tend to accumulate them, but don't always get around to reading them. But, if we like fiction, it's probably in our nature... that's my excuse, anyway!
talekyn
May. 26th, 2008 04:29 am (UTC)
Sounds like a worthy excuse, and one I'll gladly use as well!
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