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Tangent Online Reviews Shimmer, #3

We’ve just been given a lovely review at Tangent Online for our third issue of Shimmer.

This issue of Shimmer is full of the well-written slipstream and interstitial stories that show why the magazine has become a favorite with both the fans and the critics.

Read the review; buy the magazine.

Spring Shimmer arrival

I just got my copies of the Spring issue of Shimmer in the mail today. I’m so pleased. I knew my artists were good, but having it in my hot little hands is very exciting. I’m looking forward to reading the stories without having to worry about adjusting formatting.

If you want to enjoy this experince with me, an electronic copy of Shimmer costs less than a cup of good coffee. And a subscription to the print version is only $17 dollars.

That’s not a very subtle plug, is it?

Shimmery comments from the public

Wow! This is someone I don’t know, who is saying nice things about Shimmer.

The Feathered Serpent’s Nest – Pleasant Surprises in the mailbox
Its cover is nice and slick (laminated!) with some of the coolest artwork I’ve seen on a mag (I’d seen the cover art online, but the quality and clarity of it on print is inspiring and worth the $5 cover price on its own). The interior illustrations are just as good as any I’ve seen in Asimov’s or Analog.

Shimmer: Spring 2006

smspring06coverThe Spring 2006 issue of Shimmer: Available now!

Our cover story is A Warrior’s Death, Aliette de Bodard’s tale of sacrifice and honor in an Aztec-inspired world. John Joseph Adams returns with a review of Larry Niven’s “The Draco Tavern.” Then there’s the charming Dog Thinks Ahead, by Cliff Royal Johns, the sorrowful Litany by John Mantooth, and Bruce Derksen’s Rubber Boots, Mr. President. Angela Slatter brings new life to Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Match Girl and Darby Harn tells us about a blind woman’s unusual skills. We also have the honor of being the first fiction credit for Paul Abbamondi (The Dealer’s Hands) and Marina T. Stern (Drevka’s Rain).

Celebrate Spring with Shimmer! Available in both print and electronic editions, according to your reading preferences.

Subscribe now, and catch the next wave in fiction.

We do grassroots advertising, so you’ll have to expect me to ask you to buy things occasionally. But only good things, and this issue is full of fiction goodness. Speaking of grassroots advertising…if you happen to have a blog and wouldn’t mind giving us a plug, it’d be lovely if you would put this banner up. I’ll treat you to chocolate next time I see you.

Shimmer Spring Cover

Shimmer cover Spring 06Thought you might be interested in seeing the cover for the spring issue of Shimmer. It features the art of the amazing David Ho.

Of course I’m pleased with the interior illustrations as well. Artwork by Paul Guinan, Stephen Stanley, Frank Harper, Joy Marchand and a dark new cartoon by Joseph Remy.

The table of contents is lovely too.
The Dealer’s Hands by Paul Abbamondi
A Warrior’s Death by Aliette de Bodard
Rubber Boots, Mr. President by Bruce K. Derksen
Paper Man by Darby Harn
Dog Thinks Ahead by Clifford Royal Johns
Litany by John Mantooth
The Little Matchgirl by Angela Slatter,
Drevka’s Rain by Marina T. Stern
and a review of Larry Niven’s Draco Tavern by John Joseph Adams

The SF Site Featured Review: Shimmer, Autumn 2005

The SF Site Featured Review: Shimmer, Autumn 2005

If I had seen Shimmer in a store, I would have snatched it up right away, because I am a book snob, and, to my shame, am too easily seduced by gorgeous cover art. However, had I indeed picked up a copy in a fit of unmitigated passion for its prettiness, I would not have been disappointed; this is an excellent magazine with high editorial standards, a tight, sure vision of what it seeks to accomplish, and a degree of success with that goal that’s decidedly gratifying.

Shimmer away!

Today was fairly dull at work. But I did finish the final edits of Shimmer and it’s going off to the press. Whew.

SFRevu covers Shimmer

Check out the full review at SFRevu
Here’s a quick excerpt:

This is the second issue of Shimmer that I’ve read and the high quality of the stories continues. An insert tells us, “Each issue presents unusual stories told with conventional storytelling techniques.” That’s a good description. All but two stories got a Very Good rating from me and that’s a pretty good batting average.

Tangent Online – Shimmer, #2, Winter 2006

Check out the review at Tangent Online of Shimmer, #2, Winter 2006

I missed the premier issue of Shimmer, but found this second issue a joy to read. It was like opening a box of mixed chocolates. Although I like some of the fillings better than others, all were delicious and I couldn’t stop eating (er…reading) until all were consumed.

I’m particularly proud of the notices that Jason MacDonald, Edo Mor and Ian Creasey received because I edited their stories. Not that they needed a lot of work, but I can still feel proud of the boys.

Shimmer, Winter 2006

Snuggle up with the winter issue of Shimmer and sink into the heat of Alabama with Sell Your Soul to the Devil Blues by Tom Pendergrass, pick the brain of multiple Hugo-award winning editor Ellen Datlow, and listen to the Silent Folk in Jay Lake’s The Black Back-Lands. There’s more: the nursing home adventures in Ken Scholes’s Action Team-up Number Thirty-Seven feature an illustration by none other than Karl Kesel of Marvel comic fame.

Shimmer is waiting to warm your winter nights with speculative fiction in print or online, according to your reading preference.

Subscribe now, and catch the next wave in fiction. The Winter 2006 issue will be available on Wednesday, January 18.

Table of Contents and Excerpts
The Black Back-Lands, by Jay Lake

They say the Silent People can hear you talking in your dreams. I guess ‘cause the Silent People only speak in dreams, they listen real good there, too. Kind of like the dead, maybe. But I always been told to keep my mouth shut when dreaming comes upon me, so’s not to give away too much of myself and get sewn into some woodspocket, and carried ever more through the fir shadows and pine bays while my body starves and fevers.

Action Team-Up Number Thirty-Seven, by Ken Scholes

Thursday, 3:32 p.m.
The dentures I lost on reconnaissance last week have come back to haunt me. Cavanaugh made a big show of it, waving them beneath my nose in the cafeteria line. Smug bastard. If I were ten years younger or if he were forty years older, I’d have shown him completely new uses for tapioca pudding. Regardless, I have my teeth back and that made lunch slightly more tolerable.

Sell Your Soul to the Devil Blues, by Tom Pendergrass

It gets hot in the Delta—evil hot—the kind of heat that fills a man’s lungs with fire and crushes his breath stillborn. Preacherman came through here, ‘bout a year ago, and said this is what it’s like in Hell, so you best behave and live straight. Now God forgive me, that preacher had no notion what he was talking ‘bout. But I met someone a few years back who does.

Route Nine, by Samantha Henderson

Good to see you, Tex. It’s been a while, I know. Haven’t been out this way since I got my route switched. Wouldn’t be here now except there wasn’t anyone else to drive it.

Why? Well, I guess there’s time to tell you. Nothing’s gonna happen till the bar clears out. Need another beer, though.

The Goldsmith, by Ian Creasey

Corinne closed the nail-studded door behind her, and walked down the narrow steps. The goldsmith’s shop was small, full of little cabinets lined with black cloth displaying brooches, earrings, and necklaces of thin golden chain. Corinne got the impression that the entire shop could be stuffed into a bag for a swift getaway from riots, pogroms, or excise men.

Music in D Minor, by Erynn Miles

I awake to the sound of a piano tinkling a low, sleepy melody. It is coming from Charlie’s body. This melody almost always comes from him as he sleeps. He lies in bed next to me, the sound swelling beneath his skin , seeping out of his pores. I hear it in the saliva dripping from his half-open mouth. His arm shifts a little and I hear a hint of lazy cello.

But it is not time yet.

Interview with Ellen Datlow

Neighbor, by Jason A. D. MacDonald

There it was again!

Water pipes groaned behind the drywall, like alpine horns blown by cockroaches. As I started my dishes, the upstairs neighbor had turned on his kitchen faucet. There was a three second differential between the flow in my sink starting and the echo in the wall. I put the dish soap down, stared moodily at the white stucco ceiling of my one-bedroom apartment, and cut off the hot water. Three seconds later, the mockery above stopped too.

The Persian Box, by Gerald Costlow

Pardon me? Oh, you’re interested in the box. Yes, it’s quite beautiful, and quite old.

From Persia, yes.

You’re not the first stranger to remark upon it. People are attracted to its beauty, but it is rare for someone to recognize its origin. You must be a scholar like myself. I am Angelo Demetrius, by the way. Pleased to meet you. Would you care to sit down? I find drinking goes best with a little conversation.

One-Leaf-Two, by Edo Mor

South Wind was blowing now. All today and all of yesterday as well. Cool and steady and persistent. Clenched in his fist (so that they wouldn’t blow away) were sweet, good things of earth: a sticky husk of anis and three gomabarros, helical and phosphorescent in the night, clay-red like the eyes of culebras. Squeezed together, they smelled tart, sweet, and spicy all at once, and his stomach riffled with expectant notes. But he couldn’t eat them. He would wait. They were saved things, saved for her.

Shimmer is off!

I sent the winter Shimmer to the printers today. Whew. Now, I’m just crossing my fingers hoping that it arrived safely. I’ve spent all of the last couple of days dealing with it so that’s why I’ve been fairly sparing with my online updates. My eyes were crossed from staring at the screen.

Tangent Online – Shimmer, August 2005

Shimmer was just reviewed in Tangent Online Here are a couple excerpts, but go read the whole review.

The premier issue of Shimmer seems to have a lot going for it: numerous well-told stories by many unknown names, wonderful artwork weaved into each story, a pleasing and original layout, and a book review by the Slush God himself, John Joseph Adams, of F&SF fame

And of course, he loved Dario’s story. I’m so proud.

The longest entry in the issue, “Valley of the Shadow� by Dario Ciriello is a gripping experience from start to finish. The dead now exist with the living, and for Tom Shroeder, that is not the worst of it. The world is falling apart thanks to the spooks, the economy is going on, everyone is on meds, and suicide is at an all-time high. Tom meets a fellow American while staying in Athens, and together, they plan on surviving what they hope to be a short phase in societal history.

The world of the dead and the world of the living coming together is not the most original story element, but Ciriello makes it work in such an original way that from here on, I’ll always think of him as its founder. The descriptions of the ghosts and house spooks being secondary in life make them so much more creepy than descriptions filled with gore and eyeless faces. Tom is a sympathetic hero, doing what he can to save those he loves, to keep the world sane along with himself. This is the shining gem of the premier issue. Check out Shimmer for it alone if your interest is the least bit piqued.