Black Static

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Black Static
Thirdalternative.jpg
Cover of The Third Alternative
Editor Andy Cox
Categories horror
Frequency Bimonthly
Year founded 1994
Company TTA Press
Country United Kingdom
Based in Witcham, Cambridgeshire, England
Language English
Website ttapress.com/blackstatic/
ISSN 1753-0709

Black Static, formerly The 3rd Alternative, is a British horror magazine edited by Andy Cox. The magazine has won the British Fantasy Award for "Best Magazine" while individual stories have won other awards. In addition, numerous stories published in Black Static/The 3rd Alternative have been reprinted in collections of the year's best fiction.

Black Static is published by TTA Press alongside sister publications Crimewave, which takes a similarly idiosyncratic approach to crime fiction, and the long-running science fiction magazine Interzone.

The 3rd Alternative[edit]

Founded in 1994 as The 3rd Alternative, the magazine originally focused on a larger range of dark stories, often publishing science fiction, fantasy, and slipstream alongside horror. The 3rd Alternative ran for 42 issues before going on a short hiatus in 2005 after the acquisition of Interzone magazine by TTA Press.

Black Static[edit]

In 2007 The 3rd Alternative was relaunched. Now focused exclusively on dark horror, the magazine was retitled Black Static.[1] Authors published in Black Static include Nicholas Royle, Conrad Williams, Christopher Fowler, Aliette de Bodard, Steve Rasnic Tem, Nina Allan, Matthew Holness, Alexander Glass, Simon Avery, Gary McMahon, Gary Fry, Peter Tennant, and Mike O'Driscoll.

Awards[edit]

During its 42 issue run, The 3rd Alternative won a number of awards including a British Fantasy Award for "Best Magazine" and a BFA short story award for "Dancing About Architecture" by Martin Simpson.[2] Since the magazine relaunched as Black Static, the story "My Stone Desire" by Joel Lane has won a British Fantasy Award, while other stories have been reprinted in collections such as Best Horror of the Year.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Third Alternative at the ISFDB
  2. ^ Review of 3rd Alternative #38 by Matthew Cheney, The SF Site, accessed Nov. 10, 2010.
  3. ^ Best Horror of the Year #1 edited by Ellen Datlow, SF Signal, May 27, 2009, accessed November 10, 2010.