Sunday, June 24, 2018
recent read; STORYHACK, Issue Two
STORYHACK, Issue Two, edited by Bryce Beattie
STORYHACK returns with nine stories of action adventure! Count 'em! Nine!
They run the breadth of pulp genres; horror, science fiction, sword-&-sorcery, crime, fantasy, steampunk, superheroes and more!
Personal favorites for me were;
David J. West's sword-&-sorcery "The Crawlers Beneath Avaris," a good old fashioned sewer romp with an exiled general who is on the run with a stolen book.
Keith West's "The Chronicle of the Gorgon's Island," which--yes--features a gorgon and has a strong extrapolation from mythic fantasy. This is also another tale with West's ongoing characters, Rodrik and his cursed liege prince, Balthar. (See issue #0 for their first adventure.)
"The Temple of Baktaar" by Jason Restick. A jungle expedition leads to a cursed temple and horror. This tale is a WEIRD TALES throwback with strong vibes of Robert E. Howard and H. P. Lovecraft.
All nine stories are quality and worth your time.
Bryce Beattie continues to improve his editing chops with each issue. The story selection here was great. Also, not only do we get vibrant cover art, but each story gets its own black-and-white interior title art. This is a fun magazine, pure and simple!
(There were a few typos and one or two continuity blips but not voluminous or enough to throw a reader out of the stories.)
Grab your issue now!
(remember, if you order the print edition, Kindle matchbook offers the eZine for $1!)