Welcome to Issue 43 of Apex Magazine.
We have some wonderful fiction for you this month. Both Alethea Kontis’s “Blood from Stone” and Mari Ness’s “Labyrinth” are dark tales of sacrifice. “Blood from Stone” takes an evil romantic relationship to extremes, while “Labyrinth” twists motherly love into a danse macabre. Our classic revisited comes from Jeffrey Ford. “Relic” examines religion and faith from the point of view of an isolated celebrant with a dark past.
In nonfiction, Vylar Kaftan takes on the notion of taboo in science fiction and fantasy, and Maggie Slater interviews Alethea Kontis.
This month’s gorgeous cover art comes from Aunia Kahn.
Our 2012 subscriber drive was, once again, a success. I’d especially like to thank Lesley Conner, who coordinated the subscription drive and organized giving away the epic amounts of swag that we use to thank our subscribers. If you are a new or renewing subscriber, thank you. Your support pays our contributors! If this is your first issue, welcome! Everyone on Team Apex is glad that you’re here. (If you like what you see, be sure to tell a friend.)
Speaking of Team Apex, as we are in the last issue of the year, I’d like to take a moment to thank all of the people who make Apex Magazine possible. Our submissions editors, our copy editor, our managing editor, our publisher, and everyone else that you see on the masthead go above and beyond every single month to make Apex Magazine look good. I could not be more proud of the work that we do together. Thank you. It’s been an amazing year.
Lynne M. Thomas