ISSUE 1


Issued in September 2011

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Issue 1 has a Dave Windett cover illustration (above) and the following content:
Mike Chinn - Sons of the Dragons
Martin Owton - Leila
Julie Travis - Blue
Caroline Dunford - The Family Programme
Stuart Young - What You Get Is No Tomorrow
Alex Shvartsman - A Tear in the Web
Don Norum - Monty Argliss's Dog

Reviews of Issue 1

KZINE – Issue One, Edited by Graeme Hurry, Kimota Publications, Kindle Format, £1.53
Reviewed by Steve Dean (British Fantasy Society, 28/8/12)

Those of you over a certain age might remember a small-press magazine called Kimota. Kzine is the latest re-incarnation, a downloadable ebook for this technicological age. Back then, Kimota was well received, praised for its quality and variety of stories.

I must say Kzine issue one lives up its heritage, with a wide range of stories of various lengths and genres, covering SF, fantasy, horror, crime, and all the slipstreams in between. There are seven good stories this issue, here are my favourite three.

The opening story is “The Family Programme” by Caroline Dunford. It’s the future, and everyone has access to advanced technology. Jimmy is a young college student, very good with the tech, but not so good with the social parts of life. When he finds a virtual female, he is delighted, but she has an agenda of her own. It’s a good opening, with believable characters, well written, and one that makes you think.

“Blue” by Julie Travis is hard to categorise, slipstream horror maybe (or bloodstream?) It tells the story of a young woman fighting depression, almost literally in this case. It’s very intense, deep, and intelligent. We could do with more stories like this.

“Leila” by Martin Owton is a story of a physicist who invents a device to travel to a different dimension, and uses it in a very imaginative, if amoral, way to solve his woman troubles. Excellent stuff.

What we have here is a selection of stories you wouldn’t find anywhere else, never mind together. And startling good value at the price. Those things combined, I’d give this 10/10.

AMAZON REVIEW of Issue 1 from Amazon.com

A good value
October 13, 2011 By W. P. Johnson

Reading Kzine can take a bit getting used to. For one thing it presents a wide variety of genres, and knowing this makes reading each story a little jarring. But before I continue, be forwarned, there are spoilers as to the genre of each story written below this paragraph.

The opening story by Caroline Dunford, titled "The Family Programme" starts out with pirates for about several pages before dissolving into a science fiction tale (a thing which should have been obvious to me based on the title). Still, even with this shift and the knowledge of the title, it can be difficult to predict what is in store for a reader- will "The Family Progamme" become gory? Or strange? Will something fantastic happen? It's anyone's guess until the story is finished. In some ways, this is the reward of reading Kzine- you learn what happens in the story itself, but you also discover a genre without having an idea of what the story is "supposed" to be before reading it. For me, it was interesting to read a story with no preconceived notion of what should occur, only to have something horrific happen, or to have something of the science fiction genre occur.

Being a fan of horror, I often times notice elements of that genre before anything else. With that, I read Don Norum's "Monty Argliss's Dog" as a monster story before it developed into a murder mystery that took place in the woods. I think if you are a fan of a particular genre, you carry this baggage with you when you read something this open ended. Initially I found this detrimental to my reading experience of Kzine, but as I came to finishing it, I started enjoying the way a story would evolve based on my expectations. There were more surprises that way.

As for the other stories-

"Blue" by Julie Travis is a dark piece of surreal fiction, the kind of thing Thomas Ligotti would write if he was pretending to be David Lynch for the day (or maybe the other way around).

"A Tear in the Web" by Alex Shvartsman has a PKD feel to it, though it is short and sweet, and a nice pallet cleanser between stories.

"Sons of Dragon" by Mike Chinn is a good old fashioned horror story, the kind of thing you'd expect to read in a Stephen King short story collection.

"Leila" by Martin Owton is another science fiction piece, but written more in the style of Lovecraft, and nearly as short of "A Tear in the Web".

"What You Get is no Tomorrow" by Stuart Young completes the first issue, and for its ending (which I won't describe), I think its an appropriate way to finish the first issue of Kzine. Nor will I give you any hints by labeling it with a genre. Find out for yourself. For the price of a cup of coffee, its a no brainer.