Jamais Vu: The Journal of Strange Among the Familiar
Issue One – Winter 2014
reviewed for Hellnotes.com
The new kid on the literary block is an outstanding addition. Lush and gorgeous, it’s a cornucopia of the thought-provoking and the elegantly unpleasant in a variety of formats. By the numbers, it’s 85 pages, six pieces of short fiction, four poems of varying lengths, four film reviews, two comics, three book reviews, and four essays.
“Video Nasties” by Max Booth III is a disquieting short story about casual violence and the root causes. So topical is the story that it is accompanied by two thought-provoking essays debating the role of media as the catalyst for a proliferation of violence.
This weighty discussion is also evidence of the issue’s shortcoming: the journal is almost too much of a good thing. When Harlan Ellison’s retelling of meeting Whitey Bulger and a discussion of Terra-centric scripting in Doctor Who are the light-hearted pieces in the issue, it may be time to considering a little more levity in subsequent issue.
The print edition sells at under $7 USD, and the kindle version is even less expensive. I don’t think there’s a better bargain for a journal filled with both discomforting fiction and provocative prose. I look forward to the next issue.