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Crimewave 9: Transgressions by Andy Cox (Editor)
Edited by Andy Cox
Review by Sam Tomaino
TTA Press Zine  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780955368301
Date: January 2007 List Price £6.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Pub Info / Table of Contents /

Crimewave Nine - Transgressions – ISSN 1463-1350
TTA Press, 5 Martins Lane, Witcham, Ely, Cambs CB6 2LB,UK
Table of Contents: Blue Morpho by Shelley Costa * The Night of the Great Wind by Mick Scully * The Rainbow Killer by Gary W. Shockley * Stealing From Garbo by Ron Savage * Dogwood by Susan Overcash Walker * Last Stop on Dowling Street by Scott William Carter * You Will Be Wearing Green by Daniel Bennett * A Handful of Dust by Ian R. Faulkner * Thinking of Alice by Robert Weston * The Gold Watch by Kevin Prufer * Work in Progress by Scott Nicholson * The Frozen Lake by John Shirley

Crimewave is published by TTA Press, the same folks that publish Interzone (science fiction/fantasy) and The 3rd Alternative/Black Static (horror). From reading issue #9, it's is up to the standards of those publications. All the stories here got, at least, a Very Good from me and two were exceptional.

"Blue Morpho" by Shelley Costa is a chilling tale of a woman whose daughter died 6 years ago. We gradually get a look at what really happened and what the woman does for justice. Mark Scully's "The Night of the Great Wind" takes place during a terrific windstorm as a woman cares for her dying sister and a punk is on the run from the gang he betrayed. Then, we get to one of the stories that I thought was exceptional, "The Rainbow Killer" by Gary W. Shockley. Gloria Winters is a performance artist who goes looking in the slums of Houston for The Rainbow Killer, a serial murderer who can look into people's souls. What she finds makes for a great tale. Next comes "Stealing From Garbo" by Ron Savage in which a compulsive thief meets a screen legend.

"Dogwood" by Susan Overcash Walker takes us into the mind of a dead man who is a rapist and murderer. He wants to stop what he's doing and chooses a nasty way to stop. Scott William Carter gives us something of a historical tale in "Last Stop on Dowling Street". Set outside of Houston in the days following the assassination of Martin Luther King, an old man must face the consequences of his actions. Even though we have no real sympathy for him, the story is especially chilling for those that live alone. "You'll Be Wearing Green" by Daniel Bennett is a cautionary tale about dating through the Internet. Ian R. Faulkner's "A Handful of Dust" is the other tale that I thought was exceptional. Matthew delivers a Jeep that he has sold to a widower. The man gives him tea and tells him his sad story. Matthew realizes that the man is clearly insane but does nothing about it. How this one ends will leave a very unpleasant taste in your mouth!

"Thinking of Alice" by Robert Weston is the story of two thieves who set out to steal a very unusual Magic Box. In "The Gold Watch" by Kevin Prufer we get a good little story about a young boy who steals a gold watch from a dead woman's hand. It turns out she was the victim of a serial murderer called The Charm Killer. The young boy, fortunately, decides to trust the detective working on the case for a thrilling conclusion. Scott Nicholson's "Work in Progress" is a truly grisly tale of a struggling artist who is obsessed with the unfinished portrait of an ex-girlfriend. We finds out he has been going to unusual lengths to finish his masterpiece. Finally, we have "The Frozen Lake" by veteran writer John Shirley. Judith wonders about the model building that her husband does in a locked room. She makes a horrifying discovery. What should she do about it?

Crimewave is a digest-sized magazine of exceptional quality and well worth subscribing to.

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