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Night Train - 2004

  • Subtitle: At Kings Park
  • Issue Number: Issue 4
  • Published Date: 2004

Although the holiday season is over, there were several times while reading Night Train that I wanted to jump up and shout, “Joy to the World!” The fiction is just that good. Both editors and writers are to be congratulated for this impressive reading experience. The editors achieved their goal of discovering “wow” fiction, and the writers created a satisfying read through unique characters and complicated plots which entertained and inspired. Hands down, my favorite selection was “Movie Star Entrances,” by Thomas Williams. Curtis, the main character, who is everyman, yearns to impress people at an important social gathering. But instead of aimlessly fretting, Curtis employs an enigmatic theatrical couple who specialize in “entrances” to achieve his dream. He discovers attaining a goal is not always a guarantee of long term success unless you have some help. I also loved Grant Bailie’s “Pinocchio Unbound.” A robot working in outer space “makes a wish” to see something burst into flames as it falls to earth. He is granted his wish, although he is the object that speeds towards his “own magnificent end.” Scanning the story index, I don’t want to forget Pia Z. Ehrhardt’s story and Steve Fayer’s story and Bob Arter and “The Spaceman” and…I confess: I want to comment on each story. When a lit mag gives you that much to talk about – 18 great stories - it’s worth hunting down. [Night Train, 212 Bellingham Ave #2, Revere, MA 02151. E-mail: shenderson@ nighttrainmagazine.com. Single issue: $12.95ppd. www.nighttrainmagazine.com/home.html ] – GK

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Review Posted on January 31, 2005
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