When Christa, Sara & Andrea, three Toronto-area bloggers noticed a gap in the short fiction market of young adult speculative fiction, they took on the task to start up their own literary magazine to fill the void. Volume 1 features the theme of Fear and includes five curated works of short fiction from various writers, three interviews with published YA authors, and book reviews & recommendations. The short stories range from the “real” to the truly bizarre in the spectrum of illustrating each author’s idea of fear.
The first piece, “Model Citizen” by Marilyn Anne Campbell, featured in the magazine was of the stranger variety and, perhaps, an interesting choice that they didn’t lead off with a bit of a stronger story. I’m all for sci-fi but, to me, it might be a bit alienating to lead off with that particular tale. Out of the five, the two that I enjoyed the most would be “Dead Man’s Pond” by Rie Sheridan Rose and “And I Thought They Smelled Bad on the Outside” by Mackenzi Lee, the 2nd and 3rd in the collection, respectively. Both had great storytelling and writing and, while I’m not generally familiar with short fiction and how they often start and end, I enjoyed the way these two concluded, leaving the reader with fearful curiosity and the possibility of more.
While it was interesting to see how the authors Kendare Blake, Gretchen McNeil and Katie Alender answered to what they’re afraid of, the rest of the questions that were the same across the board felt too repetitive. I loved reading about the aspects that were specific to them and to their books and would have preferred to see different questions asked to each of the authors. Perhaps each of their individual answers on their writing styles, motivations and habits would be more relevant to other readers but it was the Q&A about their respective books that I enjoyed finding more about, leading me to become more familiar with Alender’s work – which sounds like the type of stuff I would absolutely love to read.
The book reviews were each done in the 3 voices of the bloggers involved with the magazine. This was an interesting way to showcase each of their review styles as well as what they individually thought of the showcased books. The recommended reads near the end were also a great touch. This is such a fantastic debut for a new literary magazine and I look forward to their upcoming issues, the next featuring the theme of Time Travel (January 2014).
Inaccurate Realities is having a launch party on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at Bakka Phoenix Book store in Toronto, 3-5pm to celebrate their debut!