ISSUE 3


The third issue was issued on Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com

Buy Issue 3 :

Issue 3 has the Dave Windett cover illustration (above) and includes the following content:
Anthony W. Eichenlaub - A New Conscience
Michael Shell - Artificial
C.I. Kemp - Depths
Ian Welke - The Danger In Between
Don Norum - The Horrid Music of the Hydrogen Band
Milo James Fowler - In His Eyes
Caroline Dunford - Dreamworld

REVIEWS of Issue 3

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

Issue three hits us with another mix of genre and inter-genre fun. It’s best not to worry too much about genres here, just read the stories and enjoy what develops. We have an editorial this time, about the pros and cons of ebooks versus real books. I must say I’m with Graeme on this one, we can have both, it’s not an either/or situation.

Anyway, to the stories. “Artificial” by J.Michael Shell has Rheen flying through space with his AI S2Z, Suze for short. Rheen is forced to land the ship and fix some damage. Suze starts acting up and showing signs of emotion, something she wasn’t programmed for. Rheen is worried, but Suze has everything under control. Although this is a light piece and fairly humorous, it also has a depth and a thought-provoking theme on the nature of humanity. Very good.

“The Danger In Between” by Ian Welke is an example of some of the cross-genre stories within Kzine. This one is a fantasy detective story, (yes, you read that right!) Charlie is a hard-boiled hard drinking private eye, with a skill for travelling through mirrors. It has the usual dame, who is trouble, but it also has zombies and ghouls and magic wards all over the place. Surprisingly, it works very well, a good read with a satisfying ending.

“In His Eyes” by Milo James Fowler is another, this time a Sf/horror story about colonists, genetic manipulation, and aliens with liquid black eyes. It’s very atmospheric, with a lurking sense of doom right from the start. Short but very readable.

And so another issue done and dusted. Three so far with not a duff story among them. Keep this up Mr Hurry I see awards arriving at your door by the van load.

REVIEW of Kzine Magazine Issue 3 on www.maltacomic-con.com

KZINE MAGAZINE #3: NEWS and REVIEW

Kzine is a genre based digital magazine for Kindle. Edited by Graeme Hurry (Kimota) Kzine is published 3 times a year, and each issue collects a number of short stories from different writers which mainly range from science fiction, horror, fantasy and crime. The varied stories, their short length and the digital format in which the whole zine is packaged makes Kzine the prefect companion for the mobile reader. Issue 3 was released towards the end of May and Issue 4 will be released at the end of September 2012.

Fan favourite creator Dave Windett (who was one of our esteemed guests at the Malta Comic Con 2010) and is the designer for all the Kzine covers sent Wicked Comics an advanced copy of Kzine Issue 3, which Chris Le Galle will hereby review.

Kzine Magazine Issue 3

Cover: Dave Windett

Editorial: Graeme Hurry
A New Conscience: Anthony W. Eichenlaub
Artificial: J. Michael Shell
Depths: C.I. Kemp
Deamworld: Caroline Dunford
In His Eyes: Milo James Fowler
The Danger in Between: Ian Welke
The Horrid Music of the Hydrogen Band: Don Norum

Once upon a time (when I still had hair on my head and my beer belly was not yet conceived) I was sitting in a classroom as part of my English A level studies. Despite this being over two decades ago I still remember it very clearly. Professor Camilleri Gauci posed this question: "Do you think people today read more or less than they used to in the past?" Class consensus was that due to the distractions brought about by new (at the time) technology people were reading less. However, the professor with a wicked smile said that he taught because of technology people were actually reading more. He further explained that though he agreed with us that reading in a traditional sense was on the decline, people were still reading more. Reading habits had changed and since at the time the internet revolution was just starting (at least in Malta) people were reading emails and articles on the net, people were also reading newspapers, magazines and comics, reading text while playing video games and watching TV and reading subtitles while watching movies. His point was that people were reading in shorter bouts but as a result reading on the whole was on the increase.

This was the first thing that came to my mind while reading the editorial of Kzine #3. What was true more than two decades ago still holds true today, perhaps even more. With the fast pace of life people might have less time on their hands, and Kzine is designed with this concept in mind. Offering people on the go interesting short stories, which do not hurt their pockets nor burdens them with weight. Welcome to the digital age! But with so much digital material available with the click of a button, how does Kzine fare?

The first thing that struck me whilst reading issue 3 was that the stories on offer were varied enough to appeal to different tastes of people, yet consistent enough to be packaged together. As a writer I've always believed that short stories are perhaps harder to nail, because although a strong ending is a must in all creative writing, when it comes to short stories the strength of the ending actually defines the success or otherwise of that particular story. A case in point is the Don Norum's horror/sci-fi The Horrid Music of the Hydrogen Band. Being a tad too scientific for my particular liking, I must admit that at times I made an effort to read through it. However, its explosive ending was so rewarding that in the end I was glad I stuck with it.

If writing a short story demands impressive skill, offering a selection of stories from different writers that tackle different themes, is perhaps harder still. But judging from the high quality of the seven stories on offer here this is something that editor Graeme Hurry excels in. All the stories on offer stimulate the mind and entertain in equal measures. Out of the seven stories here, five I enjoyed immensely, Norum's entry was a tad sluggish but I loved it's ending, while Ian Welke's The Danger in Between I enjoyed reading but felt it lacked a killer punch.

The standard on offer here is so good that I can't make up my mind which story I liked best and if I have to be brutally honest it's a tie between Eichenlaub's sci-fi/crime story A New Conscience, Shell's romantic/Sci-fi entry Artificial and Kemp's fantasy/mystery Depths. I found all these three particularly intriguing, easy to read but still intellectually stimulating. Fowler's multi genre In His Eyes, and Dunford's mesmerising Dreamworld come close second. Really good stuff. I think the reason these stories work so well is that irrespective of the genre they all touch upon emotions everybody can identify with. You don't need to be into a particular style to get the best out of them, if you like good story telling then you'll love Kzine issue 3.

A word of praise also goes to cover artist Dave Windett. The fact that I am a big fan of his cartooning is no secret, but the different approach (photo manipulation) adopted for his work on the covers of Kzine highlight his versatility. Mysterious, intriguing, subtle and a touch of humanity are all elements incorporated in the cover. The covers do enough to tease you into guessing what the zine is all about but as with the actual content of the stories in it, you never quite know what you're in for before you actually read them.

Whether you're interested in science fiction, horror, fantasy and crime or whether you simply want to read some entertaining (often taught provoking) short stories, with Kzine you can't go wrong. If Graeme manages to keep the quality of the stories as good as they are in this one, success for Kzine is guaranteed!

Chris Le Galle

AMAZON REVIEWS

*** A Nice Find (May 28, 2012)

By Pete Aldin
Format:Kindle Edition
Didn't know what to expect when I bought this. But this magazine for Kindle was a nice surprise, full of neat twists on genre and tightly written stories. While a couple weren't to my personal taste (the reason for the 4 and not 5 star rating), I was particularly taken with two pieces: Ian Welke's brilliant mix of noir thriller and the best of urban fantasy; and Anthony Eichenlaub's fascinating exploration of "what if a conscience was imposed on a person?" called 'A New Conscience'.

For the price of a cup of coffee, I'm definitely glad I made this purchase.

**** Variety -- The Spice of Speculative Fiction (June 28, 2012)

By H.G. Estok
Format:Kindle Edition
Much like The Twilight Zone or The Outer Limits, Kzine serves up a fine smorgasbord of speculative fiction in its various crossovers between science fiction, fantasy, and everything else in between. There's humor and horror to be found herein as well, so if you don't happen to like one story, there's a good chance you'll love the next -- I know this from personal experience. So what are you doing still reading this review? Download your copy today, sit back and relax, and enjoy the speculative fiction variety show!

**** Jolly good show (14 April 2013)

By Mr. D. R. Myers
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase
I'm writing this review, not because I promised to after getting a free t-shirt from the publisher, but because it was utterly brilliant. This mixture of stories and, sometimes, genres within each story was refreshing and I particularly enjoyed the Noir Occult Detective story! Each was top-notch and I can't recommend this Zine enough!

I'm not sure what else to say except I've bought the odd issue of Asimov's and not been able to sit and read though all the stories - here I did! Just the right length, not too much and not too little!

The only criticism would be the odd copy edit issue in the last story - but I'm a pedant.

**** A good selection of stories! (3 April 2013)

By super antpod
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase
There was a nice collection of stories in this magazine. The first story A New Conscience reminded me a bit of the film: A Clockwork Orange. The writing style was full of thrills, and the author used the idea in a different way, which was interesting to read. I liked Artificial because it showed that the KZine can present space-oriented genres as well, and the author was good at putting in humour. Depths was a very interesting read, which caught my attention the most. I didn't understand the last stories as much, or at least they didn't catch my attention as easily, but I liked the new ideas and contrasts they presented to the previous ones.

Overall this was a unique set of stories, with contrasting ideas and writing styles. The only thing I would like more of would be if the genres were further apart between each story, or otherwise more obviously distinguishable. Kzine is a great magazine. It's like a promise fulfilled. I've even got the t-shirt!