Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Infernal Ink Magazine (Vol. 4, Issue 1)

Infernal Ink Magazine is a quarterly magazine published by editor extremely dark and violent adult fiction and poetry." Vol. 4, Issue 1 is available at Amazon.

Click to see my reviews of previous issues:
Infernal Ink Magazine (Vol 3, Issue 3)
Infernal Ink Magazine (Vol 3, Issue 2)
Infernal Ink Magazine (Vol 3, Issue 1)
The Blurb

Adults Only!
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 an interview with editor and writer Jennifer L. Miller, the mind and driving force behind the Ladies and Gentlemen of Horror anthologies. As always, Dave Lipscomb makes an appearance with his music column “The DaveL’s Music” and his art column “Odd Ocularities”. See sights here that you will not see anywhere else. 
Also we have fiction and poetry from Michael Pendragon, Irving Squalor, Robert Leuthold, Eve Francis, Brett Milam, Chris Glover, Marten Hoyle, Allen Smithee, Chris Milam, M.B. Vujačić, Ben Sheffield, and Dale Hollin. 
This magazine contains adult content and themes and is not meant for readers under eighteen years of age.

My Review
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 Wonderland cover screams nonsensical... and that's the theme that runs through the entire issue. I expected a lot of sex, it's the edition leading into spring after all, and the giant White Rabbit dick is telling.

What I didn't expect was the John Waters reference thrown into Attack of the 50 Foot Roaches by Allen Smithee. A Pink Flamingos reference, to be exact. 
*blink, blink* 
That story should have been first. That's my only critique - this issue needed to open with that story for one simple reason: the rest of the issue played out like a dark musical in my head. I tried to imagine Waters turning this into a film and, yeah, it needed a couple drag queens but I made it work - I resurrected Divine for the role, a drag-zombie singing (opera-style) the poetry by Michael Pendragon and Robert Leuthold that appeared before Smithee’s story.

Yeah, it was totally worth it.

And then, Dave Lipscomb focuses on Screamin' Jay Hawkins in his column - I totally heart this article. I remember my uncles scaring the crap out of us kids by blaring Screamin' Jay at 3am from a hidden radio when we went camping (a rite of initiation for those attending their first camp-out, which ended with all us kids dancing wildly around the campsite at 3:02am). I appreciate the opportunity to learn more about the man and his music because I knew very little outside of the memories I have.

And I probably wasn't supposed to close this issue with all these happy thoughts swirling about in my head but this issue did end on a happy note for me (which I celebrated by blaring Screamin' Jay and dancing wildly around my bedroom but I should've went outside and scared the neighbors).
I received a free copy in exchange for a review.

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