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Infernal Ink Magazine (Vol 3, Issue 1)
Infernal Ink Magazine (Vol. 2, Issue 1)
Infernal Ink Magazine is a different sort of a literary magazine, which focuses on publishing extremely dark and violent adult fiction and poetry.
In this issue we have our interview with Tibbie X, along with Dave Lipscomb’s column “The DaveL’s Music” and his new art column “Odd Ocularities”. See sights here that you will not see anywhere else.
Also we have fiction and poetry from Robert Leuthold, Joshua Dobson, Eric Keys, Nova Osborne, Stephen McQuiggan, David Lingbloom, Rick Powell, Andy Cashmore, Philip Roberts, Ray Prew, and Glenn Rolfe.
This magazine contains adult content and themes and is not meant for readers under eighteen years of age.
Infernal Ink Magazine by Hydra M. Star
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Infernal Ink features a medley of dark art for readers over 18-years of age - the kind of dark that many writers are told they can't write about because it's not friendly and it's too morbid. Infernal Ink Magazine is saying screw you to that mentality. None of the standard, predictable stories are published here. These stories are meant to mess with your head and, like driving by a car accident, you can't help but watch the gruesomeness unfold.
This is my third experience with Infernal Ink and I said in one of my earlier reviews that the editor depicts a well-rounded portrayal of women. This issue does the same with male characters. Women aren't absent but men take most of the starring roles.
I enjoyed all of the stories that appeared in this issue but the ones that stood out the most are as follows. Glenn Rolfe's The Beast in Me was my favorite story because it's probably what I would do if this would happen to me. And I know a guy who had a real-life experience (with a different ending) similar to the events in David Lingbloom's Orgasm at 104. Andy Cashmore's Rudolph and Summer reads like a fairy tale for adults.
I did have a problem with the illustrations found in 'Odd Ocularities' - the images were tiny and I couldn't figure out how to use my Kindle to enlarge them (I'm sure there's a way; I wrote this off as user-error because I'm not tech-savvy). I could still see the details so I'm satisfied. Plus, this issue features my favorite cover that's appeared on this magazine. I've always been obsessed with witches so this cover draws my gaze before the others do.
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