From a forthcoming novel, ‘Defenders’, which is already optioned by Warner Brothers. It’s a small sequence with an interesting backdrop – people on Earth struggling against an alien invasion.
The Individual Stories category has two types of content : 1 – the stories I read in magazines and anthologies and review straight away, rather than waiting to complete the magazine or anthology and reviewing it all in one go. I started doing this in 2010; 2 – stories published as standalone ‘chapbooks’, or published online, or otherwise as a singleton. There are a couple of dozen stories of this nature, reviewing during the 2000s, which are available here.
Corporate skullduggery in a remote vespidary.
Yet more about The Old Man, and we find out more about him, and a big finale is set up.
Two men grease themselves up, but then it’s left to us to imagine what happens next…
Whilst in Moscow, a visitor finds the city, and some of its people, behaving strangely, and ditto his wife…
Buckram closes off the issue with some gentle humour with some neat touches, and avoids trying too hard to be too clever and funny.
Another classy tale of ne’er-do-wells in the deep south, and some powerful magic.
Characterisation and family relationship are handled well, which is as well as otherwise it’s a fairly weak story.