Congratulations to Shirley Jackson Award nominee Chikodili Emelumadu!

by on May 11, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

So this happened while I was away last weekend at World Horror Con in Atlanta, GA: The 2014 Shirley Jackson Awards nominees have been announced. The awards are presented for outstanding achievement in horror, psychological suspense, and dark fantasy fiction. SHORT FICTION “Wendigo Nights”, Siobhan Carroll  “Candy Girl”, Chikodili Emelumadu (Apex 11/14) “The Dogs Home”, Alison Littlewood  “Shay Corsham Worsted”, Garth Nix  “The Fisher Queen”, Alyssa Wong (F&SF 5-6/14) See the whole list at: You can read “Candy Girl” from issue 66 of Apex Magazine in print or podcast forms....

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Clavis Aurea #28 (Sabrina Vourvoulias, Morrigan Phillips, Diane Cook)

by on Apr 30, 2015 in Blog | 1 comment

We’ve come a long way since the unjust imprisonment of Edmund Dantes. For one thing, we no longer frame political imprisonment as an individual problem – a stroke of awful luck that the prisoner needs to cope with – but as a social problem. Fiction that turns the pen on the system rather than the prisoner has the opportunity to explore how the most oppressive regimes are vulnerable to cultural resistance. The Ways of Walls and Words by Sabrina Vourvoulias “The Ways of Walls and Words” by Sabrina Vourvoulias ( is the story of a young prisoner befriended by an employee of the dungeon, and how their tiny, illicit exchanges of food, poetry and culture lead to even...

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Clavis Aurea #27 (David K. Yeh, Heather Clitheroe, Brooke Wonders)

by on Apr 9, 2015 in Blog, Nonfiction | 0 comments

I read a manifesto recently that described a lot of current SFF as “niche, academic, overtly to the Left in ideology and flavor, and ultimately lacking what might best be called visceral, gut-level, swashbuckling fun.” I’m sympathetic to this author’s complaints even if I think niche, academic, ideological work is enjoyable for exactly those reasons. This is because I read a lot and have long since succumbed to what Tobias Buckell describes as the chief danger of long-term reviewing in his 2013 post, “The fate of today’s book bloggers.” After a while, you begin to see the same stories again and again and in your search for something new, different, and exciting, your...

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Clavis Aurea #26 (Sarah Pinsker, K. A. Gillett, Annie Neugebauer)

by on Mar 26, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

In a way, any story with a child under the age of twelve in it is going to be a horror story for parents. Youth might be a great adventure for kids, but it’s a long, harrowing trial for the parents, let me tell you, with plenty of opportunity for tragedy. How we help our children meet and navigate the challenges of a very weird world is a task fraught with pitfalls that threaten the guide as much or more than the child. When the Circus Lights Down by Sarah Pinsker “When the Circus Lights Down” by Sarah Pinsker (Uncanny Magazine #3) is not a story expressly about parenting, but it is a story in which an entire town has been rendered childlike by the arrival of an...

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Hugo Eligibility — Semiprozine and Editor (Short Form)

by on Mar 9, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Don’t forget that Apex Magazine is eligible for Hugo Award consideration under the category of BEST SEMIPROZINE. Additionally, our editorial staff from 2014 is eligible for Hugo Award consideration under the category of BEST EDITOR (SHORT FORM). The editorial staff was Sigrid Ellis (editor-in-chief), Cameron Salisbury (managing editor), Elise Mathesen (poetry editor), and Jason Sizemore (editor/publisher). We previously listed all our original stories eligible for BEST SHORT FICTION here. You can find the official nomination form here. Thank you for your consideration!...

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Clavis Aurea #25: Brooke Bolander, K.J. Kabza, Curtis C. Chen

by on Mar 5, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

While I understand that a “strong female character” is a fraught idea and that we need to look beyond angry, ass-kicking women with tragic pasts when defining strength, I’m not going to lie – I really like angry, ass-kicking women, though I can take or leave the tragic pasts. The key attraction of the trope is that these women get what they want. Real life is all about compromises, with women often having to compromise more than their share. The greatest fantasy fiction can offer us is that with the right mix of skills and personality, we can take what we want compromise-free. Sure, it’s wish fulfillment, but what’s wrong with that? And You Shall Know Her By The Trail...

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