SUSPECT PRESS #8: $?, 8½” x 11”, newsprint, 32 pgs.

Feb 01, 2016

This Denver-based zine is primarily fiction and non-fiction tales, along with reviews. There’s also an occasional poem and some drawings and photos. The zine starts with some flash fiction-utilizing prompts, which I enjoyed because I’m always interested in seeing what people can come up with based on just one sentence. There was one interview in this issue; Josiah Hesse was interviewed about writing. He’s written a novel about evangelicalism, which sounds really interesting, given that’s the religion in which I was raised. The interview proved to be more of a discussion than an interview, but that made it much more enjoyable to read. At the end of the issue were reviews of books and music, not all of which were recent (Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut, for example). None of the stories or poetry really jumped out and impressed me, but the interview with Hesse was engaging and the photograph “Eulogy” was gorgeous. Despite those highlights, the rest of this left me unimpressed. -Kurt Morris (Suspect Press c/o Brian Polk, PO Box 100263, Denver, CO 80250)