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Preview — FIYAH Literary Magazine of Black Speculative Fiction, Issue 14, Spring 2020 by DaVaun Sanders
FIYAH Literary Magazine of Black Speculative Fiction, Issue 14, Spring 2020
GUARDIAN OF THE GODS // TOBI OGUNDIRAN - 5765 WORDS
UNIFORM // ERRICK NUNNALLY - 5549 WORDS
A TERMINAL KIND OF LOVE // VERONICA HENRY - 3041 WORDS
YOUR ROVER IS HERE // LP KINDRED - 3415 WORDS
"Zombie of Palmares" by Woody Dismukes
"Autolysis After Mentor Pursues Me While in a Relationship" by Jacqui Swift ...more
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This issue of FIYAH contains four short stories and two poems, and I’ll review them in the order of publishing. My overall impression of this is issue positive. I read several literary magazines a week (I love me some short stories!) but I rarely find one wherein I enjoy each and every story as I did this one.
Guardian of the Gods by Tobi Ogundiran
In the opening story, Ogundiran’s protagonist is an acolyte nam ...more
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LP Kindred's "Your Rover is Here" might, for me, have the most potential for a broader look (apparently this is what I get out of short fiction?). Was definitely interested in the protagonist, who seemed conflicted about doing the right thing, so to speak, with his powers. There is some social commentary here that is rather ...more
This was the second issue of Fiyah I’ve tried, and the results were the same: I enjoyed the four short stories, each taking me to someplace new — or someplace old but with a new (to me) viewpoint. My favorite story was Uniform, by Errick Nunnally. (I have published a longer review on my website.)
(Note: In case Goodreads moves this review, which has happened to me in the past, I wrote it about Issue #14 of Fiyah (literary magazine of Black speculative fiction).)...more
GUARDIAN OF THE GODS // TOBI OGUNDIRAN - 5765 WORDS: A young acolyte is confronted with new information about the life cycles of the gods. I was hesitant about this one until about halfway through and then I really liked it. A great meditation on faith and a powerful reclamation of cosmic power.
UNIFORM // ERRICK NUNNALLY - 5549 WORDS: A mechanized veteran faces crisis in peace. I struggled with this story and ...more
4-5 star ratings:
**Guardian of the Gods: 5 stars (!!!) reminds me of Raven Tower. Can not wait to read more from Tobi Ogundiran.
** Uniform: 4.5 stars ::sobs::
** Your Rover is Here: 4 stars. If this truly is LP Kindred’s first pubbed short we’re in for a treat. Didn’t know how here I was for Black Harry Dresden driving an Uber. If you’re reading this, Kindred: I am so here for it. I could’ve read 400 pages.
I enjoyed the variety of different themes particularly the sci-fi aspects and from various authors.
If you're looking for a short series of stories that give a glimpse into the Black community, I highly recommend especially if you enjoy speculative fiction. ...more