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2007-01-25 7:38 AM
Tangent just posted a review of Abyss & Apex issue #21, which includes my story, "The Man Behind the Mirror."
This is what they had to say:
In “The Man Behind The Curtain” by Joseph Paul Haines, Davie goes to his mother’s general store hoping to see his older sister, Suzie. When he was small, she paid for a piano for him out of a meager salary and protected him from their abusive mother until the day she left for good. Paul's marriage is crumbling, and his life’s a mess. He hopes that by finding his sister—and his Superman picture—he can get back to the place in his life where it was possible to fly.
At its heart, “The Man Behind The Curtain” is about tapping into your inner magic and creating your own happiness. This can be a tall order, especially if you’re not sure you believe in magic. Davie is a lost soul who latches onto the one bright spot in his memory and runs with it, even though he isn’t completely sure why. The supporting characters, most notably Bernard and Donna, are strong and add an extra dimension to this story. The elusive older sister is both more and less than the reader might expect.
Haines takes some of the harsh realities of life, like alcoholism, cancer, and child abuse, and juxtaposes them with the magic of childhood, Oz, and the Emerald City to create a story with substance and its own unique charm.
Other than the fact that I have no idea where they got the, "general store," comment, it's most certainly a review I can live with.
If you haven't read it yet, you can find it online at Abyss & Apex
For the record, yes, there is a Suzi. And yes, she is at least as wonderful as the Suzi in the story. Actually, more so. I'm just a writer. There's no way I could capture how wonderful the real Suzi is with mere words.
Joseph Haines, signing off from The Edge of the Abyss.
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