SMOG CITY # 3: $5 U.S. ($6 Can./Mex.), 10” x 6”, photocopied and die-cut, 40-47 pgs.

SmogCity #3 contains three works of fiction and a number of vintage-looking, fake advertisements for creepy things like leg sores and bad parenting. The general tone is noir, with overtones of Hitchcock. The layout is beautiful, replete with half pages and cutouts, which remind me of thriller paperback covers from the ‘80s. Unfortunately, the writing does not live up to the look. Overwrought, awkward, and tedious, I couldn’t finish any of the stories. Bummer. (Mulnix, PO Box 29753, LA, CA, 90027)