Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction - Feb '05
by Gordon Van Gelder (ed)
Review by Sam Tomaino
Spilogale Inc Magazine ISBN/ITEM#: B00006KDW3
Date: February, 2005 / Pub Info / Table of Contents /
"Inner Huff" by Matthew Hughes is another in his series about a 'collective unconscious' from where our myths come. Guth Bandar is 'traveling' on one of the lands and winds up being turned into a pig by an enchantress. This limits his ability to talk and escape back to reality. We are treated to versions of an old story about pigs, a wolf and what 'huff' is referring to. "Dutch" by Richard Mueller is a story about the men who used to ride the rails. A railroad man named Red encounters such a man in Dutch. He discovers the man's tragic story and why he cannot leave the rails. The story ends on an uplifting and redemptory note."From Above" is another unusual tale from Robert Reed about what happens when a young boy and a mathematical genius encounter a being who is five dimensional. "Queen of Balts" by R. Garcia y Robertson is another story about a land called Markovy and how it deals with invaders. This centers on a pagan princess and what she does to survive. I liked this story but Robertson does make his villains a lot more evil than is necessary. The story I liked least was "Proboscis" by Laird Barron, which got too carried away by a 'gonzo' style of writing at the expense of a good story. Nonetheless, the stories by Hughes and Mueller are worth the price of the issue.