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The Second Ten

Black Static 18

This is the cover for Black Static, issue 18, which contains the second group of ten winners from the Campaign for Real Fear:

  • ‘Infected With Death’ by John Fagan
  • ‘The Exchange’ by Eileen Chao
  • ‘Under The Microscope’ by Donald Jacob Uitvlugt
  • ‘See You Later’ by M. M. De Voe
  • ‘Showtime’ by James Carroll
  • ‘Hounded’ by Christina Koh
  • ‘Big Brother, Little Sister’ by Sam Fleming
  • ‘Cuckoo’ by Lorraine Slater
  • ‘Dreadless’ by Anna Rogala
  • ‘Give Me More Eyes for Nakedness’ by Paul Synnott

The cover art is ‘Chaining the Night Mare’ by Ben Baldwin.

The issue will also contain the following stories:

  • ‘Orinoco’ by Nina Allan
  • ‘Between a Rock and a Hard Place’ by Carole Johnstone
  • ‘A Man of Ice and Sorrow’ by Simon Kurt Unsworth
  • ‘The Obscure Bird’ by Nicholas Royle
  • ‘Tu Sufrimiento Shall Protect Us’ by Mercurio D. Rivera

As well as columns by Pete Tennant, Christopher Fowler, Stephen Volk and Tony Lee.

The official “on-sale” date for this issue is August 13th. Get your subscription now!

The first ten

Black Static 17Here’s the cover for Black Static, issue 17. The first group of ten winners from the Campaign for Real Fear will be published in this issue:

  • ‘Copy Degradation’ by Gemma Files
  • ‘The Rude Little Girl’ by Kaaron Warren
  • ‘Nice One, Truly’ by Alan Morgan
  • ‘On The Beaten Path’ by Janos Honkonken
  • ‘In The Night Supermarket’ by James Burt
  • ‘Shades of Blue’ by Catherine MacLeod
  • ‘This Is Mung’ by Christine Emmett
  • ‘The Price’ by Jennifer Williams
  • ‘The Flinchfield Dance’ by Mary Elizabeth Burroughs
  • ‘Sanctuary’ by Katherine Hughes

As well as the following stories:

  • ‘Faces in Walls’ by John Shirley, illustrated by Ben Baldwin
  • ‘Zombie Cabana Boy’ by Suzanne Palmer, illustrated by Dave Senecal
  • ‘Three-Legged Bird’ by Vylar Kaftan, illustrated by Ben Baldwin
  • ‘The Lady in the Tigris’ by Daniel Kaysen, illustrated by Rik Rawling

The issue will also contain feedback and analysis by Chris Fowler and myself about the Campaign, plus columns by Pete Tennant, Stephen Volk and Tony Lee.

Make sure you get your copy early!

The Top Twenty

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First: thanks to everyone who entered the competition. We were delighted at the enthusiastic response to our call for modern, scary stories.

Due to the large number of entries for the Campaign for Real Fear, and the high calibre of the final group of submissions, Chris and I have decided to select twenty winning stories.

You will be able to read the first batch of ten stories in the June issue (#17) of Black Static followed by the second batch of ten stories in the August issue (#18), and they will be podcast by Action Audio.

Top Twenty

  • ‘Copy Degradation’ by Gemma Files; Canada
  • ‘In The Night Supermarket’ by James Burt; UK
  • ‘Nice One, Truly’ by Alan Morgan; UK
  • ‘On The Beaten Path’ by Janos Honkonen; Finland
  • ‘Sanctuary’ by Katherine Hughes; UK
  • ‘The Price’ by Jennifer Williams; UK
  • ‘The Rude Little Girl’ by Kaaron Warren; Australia
  • ‘This Is Mung’ by Christine Emmett; South Africa
  • ‘The Flinchfield Dance’ by Mary Elizabeth Burroughs; Australia
  • ‘Shades of Blue’ by Catherine MacLeod; Canada
  • ‘Infected With Death’ by John Fagan; UK
  • ‘The Exchange’ by Eileen Chao; USA
  • ‘Under The Microscope’ by Donald Jacob Uitvlugt; USA
  • ‘See You Later’ by M. M. De Voe; USA
  • ‘Showtime’ by James Carroll; Australia
  • ‘Hounded’ by Christina Koh; UK
  • ‘Big Brother, Little Sister’ by Sam Fleming; UK
  • ‘Cuckoo’ by Lorraine Slater; UK
  • ‘Dreadless’ by Anna Rogala; UK
  • ‘Give Me More Eyes for Nakedness’ by Paul Synnott; UK

Honourable Mentions

Congratulations to all our winners for writing such memorable stories!

We’re saddened we couldn’t take more, which is why we listed seven honourable mentions. There were several other strong contenders we had to put aside with a great deal of regret.

We received a range of work from first-time writers through to seasoned professionals. Our final group represents a spectrum of experience as well as showcasing the variety of talent writing modern horror fiction.

Our feedback and analysis of the competition will appear in the June issue of Black Static, and afterwards we will publish it here.