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BS&B continues its upwards trajectory in issue nine.
As the magazine's reputation and readership grows, BS&B is drawing in an increasing number of highly credentialed authors. The highlight of this issue, for me, was CAMERA OBSCURA, a wonderfully flavorful and exquisitely written Haunted Hacienda tale crafted by Rex Weiner, best known as the creator of Ford Fairlane.
The overall feel of the issue is maybe a notch less experimental than I'm accustomed to from BS&B, but that's not a complaint. It arguably results in stories with a higher floor in terms of reader response. Fewer mad science experiments produce fewer unplanned explosions--and I say that as an author who's arguably shattered a few test tubes in these pages. It's weird, as you'd want BS&B to be, but it's PROFESSIONALLY weird. All contributors are writing to an excellent standard, everything's cleanly plotted and interesting, and all of the action pops. It's good, fun, well-crafted genre work across the board.
With nothing to criticize, I'll mention that in addition to the Weiner piece, I especially enjoyed Ethan Sabatella's THE POLE-HOUSE, with its exploration of Gaelic mythology, and Vince Carpini's COURTSHIP OF THE QUEEN OF THIEVES, in which the author demonstrates a special gift for metaphor and simile.
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