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- Print Length: 161 pages
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- Publisher: Australasian Horror Writers Association (December 25, 2017)
- Publication Date: December 25, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B078MGBFM4
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- Lending: Enabled
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Midnight Echo 12 marks the rebirth of the Australasian Horror Writers Association's signature magazine. Issue 11 was published more than two years ago.
It's nice to see its return, not just because it's an important venue for Aussie writers, but because it represents speculative fiction at its finest.
I'm going to comment on just a few of the standout stories in this issue. Stories like EFFIGIA MALO by Angela J. Maher.
Lydia made a choking noise as she felt a rope tighten around her neck. 'Paul,' she rasped. 'Get out. Run! It’s the book; it’s evil. The illustration is creating a reality. Go, before it gets you too!'
I was also impressed with a delightful little ghost story called, WAR GHOST, and OLD MAN RED GUM, a tale of an ancient tree and its dark history. But, the best of the bunch comes at the end of the magazine as Matthew R. Davis tells the story of lost love. Really lost, as in never existed. But the lead character remembers his love clearly and he even gets a Christmas gift from her. A mixtape made when they were still dating. The rest of the story is told in a series of flashbacks, one for each song on the tape. Terribly clever and then there's the big reveal at the end. Perfectly told. Go read AN IMPOSSIBLE GIFT.
Midnight Echo 12 is a nice blend of fact and fiction and includes several award-winning shorts in this issue. Welcome back and don't stay away so long this time.
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Most of the stories in this magazine could have found a home in any literary journal; on the horror spectrum they are soft core. The hint of dread is there in the atmosphere but the reader will find no gore or terror or slasherpunk, there is little to invoke revulsion and the paranormal receives the lightest touch. Many of the tales are set in domestic situations.
Two nonfiction pieces provide some interesting discussion. The first by Anthony Ferguson, ‘Mick Taylor and the Tyranny of Distance’, explores how much Australian horror is rooted in landscape. In the second, ‘A Shared Ambition’, Kyla Lee Ward discusses sources of inspiration in horror and the need for an abundance of ideas.
Overall, the stories set out to disturb rather than shock or revolt. I would recommend this magazine to lovers of literary fiction and appreciators of well-honed and perfectly written compositions as much as I would fans of the refined end of horror shorts.