Thursday, 27 September 2018
KEITH JEFFREY (ed.) - BULLET ISSUE 3 (2004)
Intelligent writing inspired by rock 'n' roll
Fast brutal fiction from:
Laird Long Al Guthrie
Delphine Lecompte Kevin Cadwallender
and many more .......
Bullet magazine lasted for 7 issues, back in the early to mid 2000s. Conceived and edited by Keith Jeffrey, the magazine progressed from a leaflet style first issue, to a fairly professional looking publication by the time of its last outing.
Issue 3 has an almost DIY feel to it, similar to a student rag mag and looking as if it was run off on a workplace photo copier. That said I don't think I spotted a typo on any page, first to last.
The content consists of 15 short stories (from the UK and much further afield - Belgium, the US, Canada, Australia) as well as a few short articles and reviews. A couple of the contributor names I instantly recognised. Allan Guthrie - I've read loads from him in the past - Two Way Split, Killing Mum, Savage Night and more. Ed Lynskey - Lake Charles, Ask the Dice, Wrong Orbits - sit on the pile.
The short stories are short - each other them either single or double page in length. There's fiction from Delphine Lecompte, Peter McAdam, Allan Guthrie, TK Dan, Elle Ludkin, Ed Lynskey, Shiv Madhaven, Martin Craig, Kevin Cadwallender, Breanda Cross, Liam Sharp, Mike Coombes, E. Smith Gilbert, Pat Lambe and Laird Long.
There's a bit of unevenness with the tales - a few of them I didn't really comprehend and a few I loved - pretty much par for any anthology or collection of shorts I've read. Laird Long's Ghosts of the Past was the pick of the bunch.
On the non-fiction front, there's a homage piece to Robert Beck aka Iceberg Slim, an appreciation of The Ramones, a review of a couple books on Gene Vincent, a hat-tip to some book releases by Point Blank Press and Pulp Originals, some more album reviews, and a top ten album list from Ray Banks.
Overall impression - a couple of hours reading time well spent and a nostalgic reminder of the days when I used to lavishly stalk sites like Plot With Guns, Thug-Lit and others - names escape me - for new crime fiction content and authors to follow. It's my very own UK equivalent.
You can't help but be impressed by the editor's enthusiasm, even if his sign-off has more than a whiff of cheese about it.....keep on rockin'
3 from 5
Read in September, 2018
Published - 2004
Page count - 44
Source - purchased copy
Format - A5 magazine