Another in my series of literary journal and genre magazine reviews.
Neon is a British literary magazine that has published two issues a year since 2006.
What They Say About Themselves: “Neon is a magazine of slipstream fiction, poetry, and artwork. We publish creative work that is fantastic or surreal, and which crosses the boundaries between science-fiction, horror and literary fiction.
It is one of the longest-running independent literary magazines in the UK. It is supported entirely by its readers: no adverts, no sponsors, no public funding – just a community of people who all enjoy the same kind of weird literature.
The magazine is published in print and in a range of digital formats. You can set your own price for a digital copy.”
Issue Reviewed: Issue 51 (Autumn 2020)
Genre: Slipstream fiction
One Story I’ll Remember Not to Forget: Instead of a story from issue 51 I chose one of the site’s recommended stories, “Best of Drive-Thru” by Mack Gelber. The customers who pull up to the speaker at Large Burger don’t often ask for a hamburger, which is a good thing since the staff isn’t that keen on serving them. An entertaining piece about unfulfilled desires.
Exploding Helicopters: Two Explosions. The focus is on language and innovate form rather than compelling narrative.
Profanometer: Sonovabitch. A few PG-13 and All-Audiences tales mixed in with some grittier matter.