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Book Title: Black Box Anthology|
The author of the book: Shane Jiraiya Cummings
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Edition: Brimstone press
Date of issue: 2008
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Black Box, the sequel to Shadow Box, has been created by Shane Jiraiya Cummings. It's a superb gathering of a multitude of different artistic talents, covering authors (some of Australia’s finest in the genre and some exciting new voices), alternative musicians (including our own Talie Helene), and visual artists. I was amazed at the range of skill on display, but I’m getting ahead of myself.
Firstly I was somewhat surprised to find it was a multimedia publication presented in a twin CD set. I was very much the uneducated hack when Shadow Box came out and have never had the pleasure of experiencing it, but I was lucky enough to have been chosen to do the review on Gratia Placenti in which Shane’s excellent short “The Cutting Room” made an appearance. From that time on, I was a fan of Shane’s work and eagerly put my hand up to review his latest offering. I haven’t been disappointed.
Black Box is a perfect fit with Shane’s other current major project, Black magazine. He and Angela Challis have produced an excellent publication delving into the alternative dark culture swirling beneath Australia’s apathetic, middle class exterior. Black Box furthers ones education along this alternative path.
I applaud Shane’s administrative skills in bringing together 95 authors, musicians, and graphic artists, to produce an amazing product. Included is a bonus audio CD containing the music in the anthology, so you can take the lingering seeds of fear you’ve just read with you.
Personal favourites include: White Box, Red Box, & Black Box (three separate stories) by Kurt Newton: torture through a simple cardboard box that ends in the unleashing of evil. David Conyer’s Hell’s Ambassador trilogy of tales is an eye opening and amusing look at things from the Devil’s advocate side, while Lyn Battersby’s The Wedding Dress is simply brilliant. Paul Haines is his normal twisted self with The Long Term Planner--but there is still yet a plethora of titles to be mentioned. Recognisable names around AHWA are well represented but there is also a number of authors I’d never read before. The tales get stronger as you work your way through but they don’t begin slow in the first place. There is simply not enough space to review all the stories included. Suffice to say, none drag their feet.
But this is a multimedia presentation so the fun doesn’t stop there.
The music is very alternative but even an old mainstreamer like me found pieces to enjoy. Covering Gothic, Metal, Gothic Metal, even Gothic Electronica, all the way to Hip Hop and two new genre’s I didn’t know existed called Dark Melodic Metal and Esoteric World Folk. I did say it was alternative. I was really hoping that something from Dandelion Wine, Wendy Rule, Opera Macabre, Pathogen, Temujin, Empyrean, The Eternal, Frankenbok, Virgin Black (Very slick website), or 4th Wall would take over from my favourite so I wouldn’t look like I was sucking up. Although all have their up side, my stand out was easily the Black Box Music Director, Talie Helene’s own offering titled The Black Queen. Hypnotic. The inclusion of some of the video clips is a bonus. Make sure you click on the album covers as you work your way through.
But wait, there’s more. Scattered among the stories of fear and dred, complimenting the theme and accompanying music, are 6 wonderful examples of art from John Banitsiotis, Emily Steigerwald (this was the only link with any real info), Brian Smith, Peter Schwartz, Adam Duncan, and our own Andrew J McKiernan.
I’d be on the lookout for places to purchase these images of twisted imaginings, they are very good.
But Shane is still not done impressing us. On top of all the above, he also presents The Orpheus Project, by Bryn Sparks. A graphic novel of excellent quality both visually and in the story it tells.
The only downside I found in the whole presentation was the inserted sound effects for the stories. They were too short, coming across as gimmicky punctuations of sound rather than added effects. Personally I would have preferred Talie Helene’s score looped in the background. Or maybe a soft cascading of notes to build atmosphere and tension as the reader quickly consumes more and more of the bite-sized tales of terror until they can take no more and rip the head phones from...but I digress.
One minor point is easily overlooked by the quality contained in the sum of its parts. Congratulations to Shane and Angela at Brimstone Press, another winner.
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Read information about the authorShane Jiraiya Cummings has been acknowledged as "one of Australia’s leading voices in dark fantasy". Shane is the author of the forthcoming Yokai Wars series (Circle of Tears, Clockwork Legion, and Blight of the Underworld) and the dark fiction books The Abandonment of Grace and Everything After, Shards, the Apocrypha Sequence (Deviance, Divinity, Insanity, and Inferno), and the Ravenous Gods cycle (Requiem for the Burning God and Dreams of Destruction). He has won the Australian Shadows Award and two Ditmar Awards, and he has been nominated for more than twenty other major awards, including Spain's Premios Ignotus.
Shane is an Active Member of the Horror Writers Association and former Vice President of the Australian Horror Writers Association. When he is not writing, Shane is an editor and journalist by day. By night (and on weekends), he can be found indulging in hobbies such as playing the guitar, photography, sword fighting, and testing the limits of his new cruiser motorcycle.
In his youth, Shane was trained in the deadly arts of the ninja, and the name Jiraiya (lit. "Young Thunder", after the legendary ninja Jiraiya) was bestowed upon him by his sensei.
Shane was born and raised in Sydney, Australia. He lived for many years in Perth, Western Australia, and Wellington, New Zealand, but he recently returned to his old home town to revisit the ghosts of his past.
More information on Shane (including his free fiction) can be found online at www.jiraiya.com.au.
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