Clavis Aurea #22: Malon Edwards, Sam Miller, Naomi Kritzer

by on Jan 22, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

I love heroes and I love the idea of saving people, even if it can be problematic. Rather, lend a person the strength to save themselves; teach a man to fish and all that. Maybe that is why we are drawn to unlikely heroes: people who are not so clearly stronger or more powerful than those they are saving, who do it because they find strength anyone might have. Heroes who do teach us to fight for ourselves, for if they can do it, anyone can. “The Half Dark Promise” by Malon Edwards Which isn’t to trivialize the amount of awesome that can be packed into even an unlikely hero. Take Kaëlle, the hero of Malon Edwards’ “The Half Dark Promise” (Shimmer #23), for...

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Apex Magazine Story of the Year 2014 Winner

by on Jan 21, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

The votes are in and the time has come to announce the Apex Magazine Story of the Year for 2014! The voting was close, with “Jackalope Wives” by Ursula Vernon, “Anthracite Weddings” by John Zaharick, “Candy Girl” by Chikodili Emelumadu, and “The House in Winter” by Jessica Sirkin all having strong numbers. Even one of our Steal the Spotlight entries, “Guided Breathing Exercise: Being Mindful of the Succubus in Your Bedroom” by Christine Purcell, got a fair number of votes. But one story pulled ahead of them all to claim the title of Apex Magazine Story of the Year 2014. Drum roll please… The Apex Magazine Story of the Year for 2014 is “Keep Talking” by Marie Vibbert!...

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Apex Magazine Story of the Year 2014

by on Jan 12, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

It’s that time of year again. Time to vote on your favorite original story published in the last year of Apex Magazine! The last two years, you guys have chosen absolutely stunning winners, giving the prestige and bragging rights to Brian Trent in 2013, and Alethea Kontis and Katharine E.K. Duckett in 2012. Now, you get to do it again, choosing from all the amazing original stories that we published during 2014. One vote per person, please. We will be throwing out any duplicate votes. Voting will close at 11:59PM EST on Monday, January 19th. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, January 20th. Until then, have fun and may your favorite story win!...

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Clavis Aurea #21: Eric Schaller, Naim Kabir, Mary Thaler

by on Jan 8, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

It really isn’t fair, as others have pointed out, how November/December short story publications tend to get lost in the shuffle between one year and the next. Reviewers are fixated on compiling best-of-year lists and by the time we’re done with them, publishers are charging out of the gate with some pretty magnificent-looking January issues. So I will hope you will forgive me a short glance back at some interesting stories from the end of 2014. The entire November 2014 issue of The Dark deserves a read, but it was Eric Schaller’s “The Three Familiars” that stood out for me. This is the coming-of-age story of a good old-fashioned witch, the kind who is...

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Apex Magazine welcomes Charlotte Ashley as Reprints Editor

by on Jan 5, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

We are delighted to announce that Charlotte Ashley has accepted the position of Reprints Editor with Apex Magazine. Charlotte will be responsible for finding the very best short fiction that we will run as exclusive content for our subscribers and in the eBook editions of each issue. Charlotte has been writing the short fiction review series Clavis Aurea for about six months. During that time, she has proven to have an excellent eye for quality work, one that will make her an effective Reprints Editor. Note: Charlotte will continue contributing her Clavis Aurea reviews that runs online and in every issue of the zine. Apex Magazine is excited to have Charlotte on the...

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2014 Original Fiction from Apex Magazine

by on Dec 31, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

For those reading with an eye to the Nebula/Hugo/Stoker Awards (or, you know, reading for pleasure) here is a list (with links) of all the new fiction Apex Magazine published in 2014. “Jackalope Wives” by Ursula Verson (5000 Words) “Pale Skin, Gray Eyes” by Gene O’Neill (4300 Words) “Antumbra” by Lucy Snyder (4300 Words) “Maria and the Pilgrim” by Rich Larson (3700 Words) “Waking” by Cat Hellisen (4400 Words)...

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