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Summary: Chiaroscuro, 2008

Summary: Chiaroscuro, 2008

Chiaroscuro is an quarterly e-zine available at (It is often familiarly called Chizine.)  The Editor-in-Chief is Brett Alexander Savory, and the Fiction Editors are (as far as I know at this time) Hannah Wolf Bowen, Michael Marano, and Gord Zajac. This year issues 35 through 38 appeared. There were 41,000 words of fiction, 12 stories, all short (1 short-short by my definition). These numbers are very consistent with last year, and with past years in general. The focus is horror or dark fantasy. The writing is generally pretty good, often quite lyrical.

Stories I particularly liked this year: Lavie Tidhar's "The Mystery of the Missing Puskat" (#35), as sad story about a kid on a Pacific island trying to find a girl's missing cat, and in the meantime finding out (or letting us find out) something about how some men treat women; Nick Mamatas and Tim Pratt's "The Dude Who Collected Lovecraft" (#36), about a man intrigued by his great-grandfather's letters to Lovecraft; Leslie Claire Walker's "Outcast" (#37), about a man imprisoned for singing; and Alex O'Neal's "Grave's Edge" (#38), a legitimately scary piece about an old woman dying of AIDS on Papua New Guinea who is buried by her relatives, and who rises from the grave, and how they react.

Last year Chiaroscuro published only 1 story by a woman of 13 total, but that's not usual for them (sample size was an issue), and this year they returned to a more typical 50/50 split. (I think -- one name is difficult for me to be sure of.) And there was one unambiguous SF story -- 8%.



Tags: 2008, webzines, yearly summaries

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