SPIDDER #15: $?, photocopied, 5 ½” x 8 ½”, 16 pgs.

Jun 03, 2011

This issue of Spidder is a bit of a disappointment solely due to technical difficulties. Several of the hand-written pages are cut off at the pages’ edges, and it’s a shame the sentences are unreadable. It’s a shame because Spidder tells some of the best ghost stories and tour stories in the business. This issue’s typewritten stories are all interconnected the recurring theme of half-man, half-goat, all-bad-business. What makes it interesting is the different modes that the being comes into stories: an unreliable third person narrator, part of a tour story, and as a childhood remembrance. It’s this naturalness, this effortless storytelling that makes Spidder such a treat. Add in a couple quick comic adventures of Magnum PI’s mustache, a bummed-out zombie, and a cute cat that always gets scared, and you have one of my favorite, contemporary long-running zines coming out of the South. (Spidder, 1925 Hwy. 69 S., Savannah, TN 38372)