A review of the numinous…

Posted: November 16, 2012 by douglasthompson in Uncategorized


Last but not least, we conclude our hat trick of Black Static reviews by the great Pete Tennant with quoting from his thoughts on Jeff Gardiner’s debut collection “A Glimpse Of The Numinous“. As ever, we are constrained to quote only a portion of each review and would encourage readers to buy the magazine and read Pete’s comments in full, but here is a snippet:

“…in ‘Withdrawal’, the story’s protagonist dating a man whose best friend disappeared many years ago, an event that he recreates in his own psyche, the text offering a subtle exploration of need and vulnerability, showing the fear that leads us to reject those we need most. Another high point, ‘Gull Power’ is as humorous as its punning title would suggest, the story of a man and his gull, and how the one saved the other, making him rich and famous by association, but at the same time denied any human interaction, with asides on the fickleness of celebrity and media culture…
‘Bred in the Bone’ is a story in which Gardiner gets down and dirty, and to my mind the best in the collection, an economical black comedy detailing how a family of killers survive and prosper in the modern world… like a cross between Ketchum’s The Girl Next Door and The Addams Family. “

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