‘A.D. 1929’ by Douglas W. Texter … I really liked the ‘what if’ aspect of this story. I also thought Douglas Texter showed a great understanding of both Capone and Marinetti. It’s definitely a tale that stirs the imagination.
‘The Bridge’ by Micah Hyatt … This story is a unique take on alternate history. It could have been any bridge, but the author imbued his tale with the history of New York City, nonetheless. The supernatural element is different and unexpected. I liked it a lot.
‘After Mary’ by Priya Sharma … I enjoyed the gothic feel.
‘Rotten Parchment Bonds’ by Jonathan Doering … Doering writes well and I enjoyed his exploration of the divided loyalties of the men who reside within the skin of a soldier. I’m looking forward to further stories in this series.
Both reviews I think are broadly very positive. Lois’s review at Locus concentrates more on individual stories, while Gareth reviews individual stories, but also gives his thoughts on the publication as a whole.
Lois thought that one of the stories in Alt Hist merited a special Recommended tag, which from looking at her short fiction reviews, she does not appear to grant lightly. So I was very pleased with that.
Gareth liked most of the stories and was also very complimentary about the issue as a whole. If I may I’ll quote his entire last paragraph:
So it’s an interesting selection of stories and a successful debut issue. I wouldn’t necessarily choose to read historical fiction, but the mixture of historical tales among the alternate history were pleasantly enjoyable. With some relatively well-known authors for issues #1, editor Mark Lord has made an auspicious start.
I’m pleased that the authors in the first issue are getting the plaudits they deserve in both reviews, and also that the decision to start Alt Hist seems to have broadly welcomed.
- Alt Hist Issue 1 Published (marklord.info)
- Get Alt Hist Issue 1 at a Special Price of $3.99 until the end of October (marklord.info)