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City Slab Magazine (2008)
Fiction Review by The Gravedigger

City Slab Magazine (2008) Issue #12 is my introductory to this horror/gothic magazine, which covers everything from the latest horror movies (THE EYE) to an article on THE MISFITS to Coffin Joe and the history of the Grand Guignol Theatre. There's something here for everyone.

The review of THE EYE is negative, but there's also an article/interview with Jessica Alba, which tells you to go see THE EYE. I know, I know, who's going to reject an interview with Alba, but it seems a little inconsistent in tone, considering that both articles are written by the same person. Heidi Martinuzzi is a good enough writer, though she tries to be too "guy friendly", often citing if there's nudity or not. While not quite condescending it's a little irritating and not needed. Besides, us guys are more interested in the photos of the girls, particularly the covers with those goth chicks...

The Coffin Joe retrospective articles was interesting and entertaining, as it's been a while since I've seen some of those movies, and I liked the smaller features, such as "Six on the Slab", which posits six quick questions to leading luminaries of the horror genre (Peter Straub in this issue) and "Is There a Doctor in the House?", which lists weird and horrific medical statistics I'm sure you've never heard about.

Author Tom Piccirilli's short story, WOMAN IN THE DARK, is a well crafted, depressing story of a middle-aged man reuniting with his high school sweetheart in a not so good scenario. It sort of reminded me of that William H. Macy movie, EDMOND, only a bit grimmer.

There are other, more "mainstream" horror magazines out there, but they tend to be lacking in such a strong "voice". CITY SLAB is much needed morbid fun. Check this magazine out.

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