I’m just going to say it — October is awesome. I like the cooler weather. I like that I can get pumpkin-flavored every-dessert-ever-invented. I like that National Novel Writing Month is right around the corner. And let’s face it, a holiday dedicated to dressing in costume is like something custom-made for the urban fantasy fan.
In keeping with the Halloween theme this month, we’ve got a story that fits the definition of dark and creepy. In Wendy Hammer’s “Layer by Layer”, a woman is able to look into the future. Her methods are unconventional, and she carefully weighs whether to tell people the truth about what she sees. (Some scenes of domestic violence are present in this story.)
We’ve also got a ghost story — but in this case, the ghosts are not human. They’re betta fish. And when their former owner is facing a crisis, they prove themselves surprisingly useful in “Flare” by Eleanor R. Wood.
Our October interviewee, Paul Cornell, has worked across a huge range of mediums, including comics, novels, screenplays, short stories, and nonfiction books. He has written numerous works in the Doctor Who universe, as well as created some fascinating universes of his own.
Finally this month, our reviewers take a look at Heather Dixon’s Illusionarium as well as two books by Rachel Neumeier: Black Dog Short Stories and Pure Magic. We also reach the penultimate chapter of Steven Savile and Ryan Reid’s Dead Records, but Aura and Marcus’ adventures aren’t quite over yet; stay tuned for the conclusion next month!
Enjoy your October and, as always, thanks for supporting Urban Fantasy Magazine!
-Katrina S. Forest