Nick Lowe on the show, a preview of some end-of-the-world art by Carly A-F, and a message for IZ readers.
I’ve just published the latest episode of Interzone Pod – find it in all the places people usually find pods, or listen at the Interzone website.
In this episode, (the longest yet!) the prize-winning film critic and academic Nick Lowe returned to the show to talk about three films that didn’t make it into his Interzone #296 serving of Mutant Popcorn – Alexandre O. Philippe’s must-watch William Shatner documentary; a gender-flipped, body-hopping Stuart Gordon tribute; and an sf-adjacent comedy with Irish clowns schlepping across apocalyptic peat bogs – and to look more closely at Yorgos Lanthimos’ Poor Things, the 1992 Alasdair Gray novel it’s based on, and the gap between the two.
Coming to IZ Digital on 31 December, new fiction by Ashley Stokes! It’s an amazing story, one only Ashley could write, and the perfect way to close out 2023. Here is a preview of the beautiful illustration Carly A-F has created for it:
And if you haven’t read anything by Ashley Stokes yet, do take a look at his novel Gigantic – it is brilliant, FACT.
Finally, thank you to everyone who has read and supported Interzone and IZ Digital in 2023 – you have helped keep IZ going at a difficult time. I hope you found something to enjoy, and I hope you’ll find more to enjoy next year, and for many years to come!
The next issue of Interzone, IZ 297, will be out on 15 January 2024.
Happy New Year!
That’s all for this one. If you don’t already subscribe, you can start a 6-issue EPUB subscription at the Interzone site. You can also give an Interzone subscription as a gift (you’ll be prompted for a giftee name and email at the payment page).
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Gareth Jelley, Editor & Publisher
Interzone & IZ Digital
‘I swigged my beer so he wouldn’t see I was laughing. I’d not had a laugh for a long time, I realised.
‘ “Seriously, you doing okay?” I said. “This has been the stresstaurant at the end of the universe.”
‘ “I slept with faith and found a corpse in my arms on awakening.” ’
— Ashley Stokes, Gigantic