ISSUE 4



The fourth issue was issued on the 22nd of September 2012,

Buy Issue 4 :

Issue 4 has the Dave Windett cover illustrated above and contains the following stories:

Ciro Faienza - The Sleepers
Jamie Mason - Coyotes
Stephen Jordan - Sheep
Shane Gavin - Brain-Buddy
Rhonda Parrish - ."..Oh My!"
Elizabeth Hersh - Weight
Holly Day - Minus Fifteen
Joyce Carpenter - Red Ink

REVIEWS of Issue 4

KZINE – Issue Four, Edited by Graeme Hurry, Kimota Publications, Kindle Format, £1.53, www.kzinec.co.uk
Reviewed by Steve Dean (British Fantasy Society), October 2012

Issue four already, where does the time go? And another eclectic collection of stories, as we would expect from Kzine. They range from pure horror to SF to crime via fantasy, and all the little sub-genres in between.

All of the stories are well written, original and well worth reading, but I’ll just choose a few, as time and space, despite what you might have heard, are not always infinite.

I’d just like to say I hate zombie stories, ok? Unoriginal nonsense for a dumbed-down generation. “Minus Fifteen” by Holly Day, a pen name if ever there was one, is a zombie story with a difference, in that [Spoiler Alert] it has a happy ending. It’s well written, atmospheric and even a jaded old hack like me was able to enjoy it.

“Sheep” by Steve Jordan is set in a dystopia of undisclosed time and origin. A young girl, Holly, is alone in the world apart from her dog Genghis, who is missing. She goes off in search of her pet and falls foul of a local gang of boys, who beat her up and leave her bleeding. Revenge is of course swift and bloody, the meaning of the title is revealed, and we all go home happy, apart from the boys.

“Coyotes” by Jamie Mason tells the tale of Dak and his pack of Coyotl, shape-changing coyote/human type creatures. The pack are constantly at war with the vamps, local police, and the eve-present risk of starvation. When the pack leader decides to help a lost human child, the whole pack is put at risk. The story is fairly original, and intelligent, more thoughtful than the usual werewolf crap, and gives the human side of the creatures more focus.

Overall then, another slice of original entertainment at a bargain price. A collection of stories unique to Kzine, well written, intelligent and thought-provoking.

REVIEW of Kzine Magazine Issue 4 on www.maltacomic-con.com

With our esteemed reviewer Chris le Galle away for some weeks; I was honored to be able to review Kzine Issue 4 this month. For those of you who are still unfamiliar with Kzine, it is a digital magazine published three times a year and within its pages, it collects a variety of short stories with different themes spanning from crime, horror, sci-fi, supernatural and more. I was surprised that I found myself liking its digital format and even though I am not a fan of short stories; most of the ones found in Kzine Issue 4 are not only enticing but they make you grip your chair and ask for more.

The cover of Kzine Issue 4 was designed by one of the Malta Comic Con 2010 edition guests, Dave Windett. Strikingly haunting, the vampire theme gracing the cover is ideal for the month of October and this issue is worth reading during a Halloween week.

Now following is a review of Issue 4 of Kzine Magazine.

Kzine Magazine Issue 4
Cover: Dave Windett
Editorial: Graeme Hurry

MINUS FIFTEEN by Holly Day
BRAIN-BUDDY by Shane M. Gavin
SHEEP by Steve Jordan
RED INK by Joyce Carpenter
COYOTES by Jamie Mason
THE SLEEPERS by Ciro Faienza
WEIGHT by Elizabeth Hersh
...OH MY! by Rhonda Parrish

The first story, MINUS FIFTEEN, was an amazing piece of prose to open this issue. Concise, direct with enough deceptions to put your in the picture whilst not distracting you from a plot; Holly Day managed to give us the perfect Winter setting during a post-apocalyptic zombie infested world. What I loved about this story is that contrary to the current trend of zombies, this survival story is more positive, more down-to-earth, more genuine. Whilst everyone imagines that survival is all about running about and escaping zombie hordes; because that is what the popular media is currently feeding us; Holly Day shows us an alternative and MINUS FIFTEEN is a breath of fresh air amongst the zombie literature out there.

BRAIN-BUDDY had a strange feel to it. Shane M. Gavin's story embraces the sci-fi theme with not only a futuristic feel such as the story THE SLEEPERS by Ciro Faienza but in a more abstract way. Both these stories also sharing the theme of high technological advancements have a totally different vibe.

With a noire-ambiance, for the traditional readers, RED INK is your piece of cake. Joyce Carpenter provides you a thrilling mystery-crime story that is reminiscing of an L.A. Noire feel. A death, a distressed damsel, and an affaire; all elements are intertwined together to provide a compelling story with a very interesting and surprising ending that is rather difficult even for the astute readers to foresee.

Whilst enjoy the rest of the stories on varies levels, my outmost favourite was COYOTES by Jamie Mason. This story was also the inspiration behind the cover of this edition of Kzine Magazine, because it includes blood-thirsty vampires, werewolves, humans and last but not least: Coyotes. Mason manages to create a new species in the dark fantasy world without it being over the top. The desert setting, the Mexican refugees, the desolation gnawing within the passages gives the reader a clear ambience of where the Coyotes live and breed. Apart from learning about this species, the reader is transported into the dynamics of this society and is aware of the tricky balance that keeps everything together, all the four groups living within the area in a natural and vice-ridden environment. Apart from containing such fantasy notions, this story does not portray any romantic ideas about the supernatural. A reminder of the anime and manga 'Wolf's Rain'; the Coyotes' story has also a morality issue going on, with group dynamics and power playing an important role. With the quote "We care. Because somebody has to." Jamie Mason's story gives you food for thought without being overbearing to the casual reader.

As my friend Chris exclaimed in his review of Kzine Issue 3, the editor Graeme deserves a cheer for editing such a compelling magazine and for bringing together such talented writers into one issue. With Kzine reaching its 4th issue, I look forward to putting my hands on (digitally of course) on issue 5 very soon.

Amazon.com Reviews

***** - Nice variety September 24, 2012
By Jennifer Akins
This collection of stories covers a lot of ground. Some authors are more successful in producing distinctive work (Brain-Buddy and The Sleepers) while others seem to focus more on pulp themes. Definitely worth the time on the whole.

***** - Loved Faienza's The Sleepers September 21, 2012
By M. Akins
Amazon Verified Purchase
The Sleepers is an excellent short story, it is obvious that the author has a firm comprehension of the background for his subject material, keeps the pace with both the narrative and dialogue, and does not dumb it down. More please!