- File Size: 3182 KB
- Print Length: 178 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Metaphysical Circus Press (July 10, 2015)
- Publication Date: July 10, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B011F1POR6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,823,511 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Generally speaking a magazine that mixes reprints with original fiction will suffer from a quality gap: the reprints will be noticeably superior to the originals. Perhaps the best indicator of See the Elephant's high quality is that that isn't the case. Although the reprints are by writers as well-regarded in the realm of weird fiction as Elizabeth Hand, Nisi Shawl, and Eileen Gunn, the original pieces are every bit as polished, thoughtful, and meaningfully bizarre. The stories are diverse in mood. style, genre, and setting, and yet they have something more in common than the issue's general theme of transformation, a shared approach and outlook that gives this new magazine a distinctive voice. Playful, yet eerie, metaphorical but not merely so, these are stories that cannot be captured by a dutiful listing of titles, authors, and potted plot summaries. One may be reminiscent of Robert Aickman, if Aickman had written about those who never quite recovered from their 60s and 70s childhoods; another has a title that echoes Kafka, a plot out of Lovecraft, and a style that is all its own. There's a deal with the devil that doesn't go down the way these things usually do, and a mysterious stranger whose arrival in town has an unexpectedly vivid version of the usual consequences. The unexpected can infest a blissful family existence, an art show, a skiing trip, or it can be the basis of one's very life. Illustrations by a range of artists capture the magazine's perfect balance between abstraction and realism. Overall, this is an excellent debut issue, one that promises a magazine comparable in quality to the best of the major journals of both literature and imaginative fiction, and working in a corner of the field frequently served by anthologies but until now lacking its own magazine. I look forward to future issues, and to whatever else Metaphysical Circus Press has to offer.