There are a lot of great perks having authors, publishers, and editors as friends. The best is being able to read things that you might not normally read. Recently, I was asked to read and review Res Aliens Issue 5.
The issue has seven stories, as well as some interviews, information, and reviews. The stories ranged from humorous to very dark, but they all fit very nicely together and were very entertaining. On more than one occasion, I found myself thinking about the stories long after I read them, which is a good thing. As authors, we want people to be affected by our stories. We want our stories to stick with our readers long after they’ve read them. Several stories stuck with me, especially “A Heroine’s Death” by Billy Wong and “Azieran: Lokxenthuul” by Christopher Heath. (The last one was pretty creepy and affected me as a parent. It was dark and sad.)
Now, that’s not to say that the others didn’t have their affect, they did, but those ones just hit me the hardest. All of the stories in Issue 5 were very well written and fabulous to read. If you get the chance, I definitely recommend picking up your own copy. You should also check out the stories on the Res Aliens website, which can be found here.