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Summary: Not One Of Us, 2010 - The Elephant Forgets
Summary: Not One Of Us, 2010
Summary: Not One Of Us, 2010

Not One of Us is a small 'zine in traditional 'zine form -- 8.5 by 11 inch paper folded in half and saddle-stitched. It is a consistently nicely-written publication, with a mix of stories (with a bias towards darkish fantasy, but not an insistence on it), artwork (black and white), and poetry (some of the latter quite a bit to my taste). It has been around a long while -- 44 issues to date. Of late there have been two issues per year. The editor is John Benson.

This year they published twelve stories, all shorts, with two short-shorts, about 44,000 words total, very consistent with the magazine's history. There was also a chapbook called Hidden, which read a lot like another (if shorter) issue of the magazine, with a similar mix of fiction, art, and poetry. (Benson has been putting out these special publications for a few years now.) This featured 4 stories, totalling about 12,500 words, two short-shorts.

My favorite story this year was from #43, Patricia Russo's "The Shadow Traders", about a curious elderly couple, a brother and sister, devoted to each other, who eventually ask the narrator’s help in rescuing their shadows from the title creatures. Russo, perhaps the most regular of Not One of Us contributors (Sonya Taaffe, particularly with poetry, is the other competitor), had stories in #44 ("With the Blue Heart People") and Hidden ("Hey"), both also quite worthwhile. From #44, Jeannelle Feirreira's "The Seal Wife" is best, a pretty strong selkie story. From Hidden, I liked Erik Amundsen's "Strawberry Ghoul", a matter of fact story about a girl encountering ghouls, and Brent Knowles's "The Monastery". Other good work came from Alison J. Littlewood, Jamie Mason, and Becca De La Rosa.

Statistics: To the best of my ability to determine, 8 of 12 stories in Not One of Us this year were by women, 67% -- consistent with its history. As for Hidden, 2 of the 4 stories are by women. 2 of 12 stories in Not One of Us are SF (more or less), and I don't think any of the chapbook stories are SF.

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hooton From: hooton Date: January 19th, 2011 12:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm a big fan of NOT ONE OF US, ever since I got a lovely rejection from them (if that's not a contradiction in terms).
strange_selkie From: strange_selkie Date: March 7th, 2011 09:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks very much! I'm so glad you enjoyed it.
-- Jeannelle
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