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.”
Krista says, “Sound prompts were offered for initial inspiration, and one evoked heavy rainfall on a metal roof. From there, I thought about the desire to be drenched. And how close the desire to be drenched is to the desire to drown. Voilà, the birth of Phil and his particular tin predicament.”
Phil dreamt of the sea the way candles dream of flame.
He would have fled to the sea long ago — candle wax vanished into air — but unlike candles, Phil had Molly. Molly who’d rescued him, held him close, her song of a face whispering its own drenching temptation.
But still, some nights after Molly fell asleep, the sea sang, and Phil couldn’t resist. Rusty step after rusty step, he would creak his way down to the shore. In the salt-scented air, the pull and call of the wide water begged him to wade, dip, dive in if he dared. It pleaded with him to abandon his rusted ankles, elbows, hips, knees, iron joints, and strong shoulders to the blue wet of possibility. It promised him he would not only float, but would sail free. Come, come home to me.
Listen to Krista read the opening of her Shimmer 12story, “No Place Like Home, or Building the Yellow Brick Road.” (3kb, mp3)
This story is very important to me. It’s very close to my heart, because it is the first story I wrote after deciding to become a writer–deciding that that was really all I ever wanted to do and that I was going to build my life around doing that. But what happened right as I decided that, and right as I was about to embark on that, is…tragedy.
“Five Letters from New Laverne” puts me in mind of Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness and encompasses all that a Shimmer story should. It is soaked in sorrow yet ringed in hope. I hope you will pick up Shimmer 12 today so you can experience its wonder for yourself.
Author Peter M. Ball reads from, “The Mike and Carly Story,” which you can find in its glorious entirety in Issue 12 of Shimmer, now available!
So the trouble starts like this: Mike likes Carly and Carly doesn’t like him back. Mike’s trying to figure it out as best he can, then he turns fifteen and this werewolf thing happens – boom – and he spends three nights a month camping out in the middle of nowhere because a pining teenage werewolf and the full moon just aren’t a great combination. It’s enough to make you feel bad for the guy.
Today’s the official release date for Shimmer‘s 12th issue! To celebrate, we’re kicking off our author reading series with this gem from Nicky Drayden. Her story, “You Had Me At Rarrrgg,” instantly charmed me. In the video below, read and illustrated by the author, you’ll get a taste of why.