MURKY DEPTHS #4

Reviewed by Garry Charles

I had heard very good things about Murky Depths and, having now seen an issue for myself, I can only back up what everyone is saying. This quarterly anthology is something very special indeed and is going to cause some long running fiction magazines to start sweating in fear.

What I love most about this publication is the way it embraces storytelling in all its forms, an eclectic collection of styles, genres and presentation sealed inside one of the most professional packages I have had the pleasure to hold in my hands.

The very idea of sandwiching graphic tales between written prose is a masterstroke, taking the experience of turning a page to an entirely new level of reading pleasure. The artwork is stunning, covering as many styles and mediums as is humanly possible and highlighting the editorial stance of promising something different.

But, at the end of the day, it's the tales within that count and they deliver the goods in ample portions. Within issue four we are given horror, sci-fi and just plain disturbing in a blend that borders on perfection in print.

My favourite tale was Casting Sin by C S MacCarth, a strange little tale about village life in a time long forgotten. This one really did it for me and the artwork by Edward R Norden was suitably gritty.

Other high points included Saint Darwin's Spirituals by D K Thompson; a funny take on ghosts and demons that I feel deserves a sequel some time soon. Then we had The Man With the Hologram Face by Louise Cypher, a rather touching yet equally disturbing look at the future of crash victims. Flave's Formula by Jason Palmer was a bizarre diversion, a warning to all thinking about protein supplements.

I could sit here and list each and every tale, but I want to keep some things a surprise. Needless to say I will be taking out a subscription and I will be aiming towards sending in a submission soon. I look forward with honour to receiving a rejection letter.

Murky Depths edited by Terry Martin. Comic book size, 84pp, UK£6.99 or £24/4 (for other countries and payment options see website).

Website: - www.murkydepths.com


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