One of the more intriguing publications to enter the house recently is Murky Depths, a “quarterly anthology of graphically dark speculative fiction.” Featuring Richard Calder’s “Death and the Maiden” in serial comics form, Murky Depths also has fiction by Jon Courtenay Grimwood. What makes the publication different is that it features short stories alongside comics, with very sophisticated art. Essentially, Murky Depths is a hybrid antho of comics and fiction, with some pop culture features.
It is exactly the kind of prototype that I think will eventually be successful as a replacement for the staid and non-youth-friendly publications that have seen their subscription bases plummet in recent years. And it’ll happen not by publishing totally different sets of writers, but by doing things like combining comics and fiction, and having a dynamic design style.
Anyway, I highly suggest you get in on the ground floor and order a subscription because Murky’s at that early point in their development where a lot of reviewers get it and kinda go “What is this? A mag or an antho? A fiction mag or a graphic novel?” Every successful mutation encounters this kind of resistance at the beginning–that’s what lets you know it’s something a little different.
Terry Martin, the editor of Murky Depths, was kind enough to answer my questions via email…