March 7, 2013
Sam Tomaino, who has been there since issue one, has some kind words about Shimmer #16:
I was in there at issue #1 in January of 2006. My review began with “This is a nicely produced new small press publication. The editor states that she wants a ‘particular kind of short story — the combination of a strange and original idea, a well-developed plot and characters, delivered with exquisite writing.’ Does it succeed at this? Let’s see.” After reviewing individual stories, I concluded with “So yes, this is well worth the $5. Buy it!” So what about this issue?
You can read the full review here!
February 7, 2013
On Shimmer’s home page it states that the magazine publishes “contemporary fantasy short stories, with a few ventures into science fiction or horror, and the stories tend to be tinged with sorrow (though we’re not averse to the occasional funny tale)” and I found this to be accurate. Shimmer has a distinct feeling to it: rawer than Apex and more surreal and fantasy-oriented than the classic science fiction that you might find in Clarkesworld. There was something very physical about some of the stories in issue #16 of Shimmer: an awareness of the body, the blood, and of mortality. Though the stories taken as a whole don’t turn away from the classic narrative shape they don’t embrace it, either, tending at times towards provocative, moody meditations on life, love, and death.
Mr. Long serves up some thoughts on each story–thank you Mr. Long!
November 6, 2012
What a nice little publication. I’ve been meaning to get a subscription to this respected quarterly, and as soon as I subscribed online I received an e-promise from publisher Beth Wodzinski that she’ll drop it in the mail shortly. A week later I had my copy. Service like that alone deserves a subscription.
September 25, 2012
Shimmer has recently announced that it is paying professional rates for its stories, which is big news for this little magazine. It publishes contemporary fantasy, with an occasional foray into science fiction or horror, “and the stories tend to be tinged with sorrow,” as its home page says. On the basis of Issue 15, I’d call that a fair description — especially the sorrow part.
February 15, 2012
SFRevu has delightful things to say about Shimmer #14!
In short: “Shimmer is the kind of magazine you should read in one sitting, letting the beautiful words wash over you.” We couldn’t agree more!
Don’t forget, Shimmer #14 is our first issue that is available for the Kindle. This week, it’s an amazing 99 cents (77p for you across the pond!).
August 2, 2011
In the July issue of Locus, Rich Horton heaps praise upon”A Window, Clear as a Mirror” (Shimmer #13), by Ferrett Steinmetz, “one might call it bittersweet, though that’s not quite right: resignedly true, I suppose.”
“Four Household Tales,” as told by Poor Mojo’s Giant Squid, also gets a nod!
May 13, 2011
The stories themselves, for the most part serious or even melancholy, are built on fresh ideas or at least interesting twists on established ones. Their fantastical elements range from the overt—mermaids and magic portals—to the mere shimmer of possibility hovering just beneath their surfaces. -Jessica Barnes
May 9, 2011
People are saying good things about Shimmer #13. Are you one of them? If you’ve reviewed Shimmer, let us know!
Shimmer Number 13 is here and, once more, is delightful. In a previous review, I said that the stories in Shimmer were like piece of fudge. Well, I read this issue in the week after Easter and it seemed like a Whitman Sampler. I never knew what I was going to get, but none of them were coconut. I never liked coconut. These stories were all caramel, nougat, toffee, cherries and other delightful stuff. – Sam Tomaino, SFRevu
The fantasy here definitely has a darker tint, offering some disturbing images. A good issue. -Lois Tilton, Locus Online
December 4, 2010
“Another wonderful issue of Shimmer, its twelfth. Let’s hope there are dozens more. Subscribe!”
We couldn’t agree more!
To grab your own copy or two (because what fits into a stocking better than an issue (or two, or three) of Shimmer?), click here!
November 5, 2010
First up, Lois Tilton weighs in at Locus in her short fiction review. Monica Byrne’s “Five Letters from New Laverne,” a “moving story of love and loss,” garnered the coveted Recommended. The other stories also fared well — check out the full review to see what else Lois thought.
And over at the Fantastic Reviews blog, Aaron really liked Erin Cashier’s “Near the Flame.” He says Shimmer is “…one of the best (and best looking) semiprozines in the market.” and “Near the Flame” is a memorable tale featuring a powerful narrative voice. Erin Cashier is a subtle author, yet the nuances of her writing never distract from the story.”
Thanks, Lois and Aaron!