The (what seemed like long awaited) second issue of Penny Dreadnought is here!
I think this issue was better than the first. It seems that each issue has a theme and the theme in this one is ambiguity. In the vein of Henry James' Turn of the Screw or The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, these stories leave you wondering: Did that really happen or is the character insane? These, by far, are my favorite types of stories and these 4 represent the best of the genre:
Falling Over by James Everington, just excellent.
All the Pretty Flowers by Aaron Polson, sad and intriguing.
Ice Age by Iain Rowan, fire meets ice.
A Face to Meet the Faces that You Meet by Alan Ryker, utterly fabulous.
I won't go into the plot lines of the stories because they're ambiguous. You may have a totally different take on them than I do. So what are you waiting for? Get this new issue and see what YOU think!
The second issue of Penny Dreadnought is an excellent follow up to the first edition. But I must say this issue far exceeds the creepiness that was in issue one. All of the stories in this edition have one thing in common: an underlying theme of insanity versus a horrible reality. I don't want to go into too much detail because I think I'd give too much away. But these stories will keep you looking for that fuzzy line between paranoid desperation and a reality that can bring a person to the brink of insanity and beyond.