You know, with the release of the Hiram Grange books and the Dark Faith anthology, plus anticipating my own Hiram tale becoming available, the release of Withersin 3 slipped totally under my radar. For some reason, I thought it was coming at the end of summer, so wasn’t even looking for it.
Then it arrived in New Delhi by post the other day, a splendid, eclectic thing, and took me completely by surprise. Withersin has until now been a magazine, released in themed runs of three issues apiece. It’s just about to shift to a paperback anthology format however, and the planned volume 3, comprising the issues Turpentine, Arsenic and Iodine, has been amalgamated into one big digest volume ahead of this. My story is in the Iodine issue, which makes up the centre of the magazine. It’s called ‘Hermanesha’, and is a twisted relationship story covering twelve months in the lives of Herman (who has a knife), and Manesha (who is handcuffed to a bed). I hope you’ll give it a try.
This is also my first time reading Withersin, and I’m enormously impressed with the magazine. The above descriptive, ‘eclectic’, is carefully chosen, as it’s not quite what you normally expect from a horror magazine. The stories and interviews are there, of course, but then there are the articles, which are a strange and surprising collection. You probably don’t think you need to know about fortean showers, famous arsenic poisonings, actual werewolf sightings, flu embrocation recipes, trunko the sea monster, and more, but once you start flicking through it’s difficult to stop. The magazine’s tagline is ‘A Fresh and Intelligent Change of Pace’, and it certainly is that.
Check it out. You can even pick your preferred cover, from the three that were originally intended when it was scheduled to go out as three different issues. I like Iodine, but then, I’m biased.