Interviews

Interview with Cover Artist Mehrdad Isvandi

by on Apr 1, 2014 in Interviews | 1 comment

Mehrdad Isvandi came to Apex’s attention on Tumblr, where his work stands out in both attention to detail and innovative themes. We are pleased that he had the time for this interview with Loraine Sammy. APEX MAGAZINE: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself as a concept artist and designer? MI: My name is Mehrdad Isvandi. I was born in 1985 in Ahvaz, Iran. Since childhood I’ve had a strong interest in visual arts and drawing. I entered university to major in Graphics. Later on I felt this potential could flourish as a designer, so I decided to enter the animation industry where I began to have my own style. In 2004 I started as an animator, later moving to the...

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Interview with Ferrett Steinmetz

by on Apr 1, 2014 in Interviews | 1 comment

After being bitten by a radioactive writing bug at the 2008 Clarion Writer’s Workshop, Ferrett Steinmetz found his writing career wholly transformed into something with intense focus, buff craft–muscles, and the ability to scale previously impossible publishing walls. Since 2008, his work has appeared in Asimov’s, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Shimmer, and Escape Pod among many other publications, and in 2011 was nominated for a Nebula for his novelette, “Sauerkraut Station.” This issue of Apex Magazine brings you Mr. Steinmetz’s skin–crawling tale of doomsday worship and unexpected allies in “The Cultist’s Son.” We also got a chance to catch up with Mr....

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Interview with Julie Dillon

by on Mar 4, 2014 in Interviews | 0 comments

Julie Dillon is a freelance illustrator from Northern California. She has won the Chelsea Award, and was nominated for the 2013 Hugo. Apex Magazine: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself as an illustrator? Julie Dillon: I just really enjoying creating in general; I used to also write stories and play music and do different crafts, but illustration ended up being the creative outlet that I focused on for my career. I feel like illustration gives me the flexibility to tackle more abstract or loose ideas, as well as just enjoy the process of putting time into developing a skill. I get really excited by interesting composition and color and storytelling possibilities,...

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Interview with Claire Humphrey

by on Mar 4, 2014 in Interviews | 0 comments

Claire Humphrey has witnessed more sides of the publishing industry than most writers see in a lifetime. By day, she works as a buyer with Indigo Books, and by night she is the reviews editor for Ideomancer, in addition to writing dark fictions of her own. Ms. Humphrey’s work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Fantasy Magazine, PodCastle and Interzone, as well as many other magazines and anthologies. This issue of Apex Magazine presents Ms. Humphrey’s short story “The End of the World in Five Dates,” a haunting glimpse into the mysteries of an impending apocalypse. She has also granted us a brief glimpse into her life for this interview, in which we discuss her...

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Interview with Kelly McCullough

by on Oct 1, 2013 in Interviews, Nonfiction | 0 comments

Kelly McCullough’s novels include the Webmage and Fallen Blade Series, and a forthcoming young adult series called School for Sidekicks. A member of the Wyrdsmiths writing group, he is known to walk Neil Gaiman’s dogs, and particularly dotes on his physics professor wife and numerous cats. Thanks, Kelly, for chatting with us! APEX MAGAZINE: What was the genesis for this story? KELLY MCCULLOUGH: It was the intersection of two things, as so many stories are. The first was the experience of a friend of mine. He was driving his Honda CRX cross country late at night and had his car go under a semi. If the car had been any taller or if he’d been anything other than...

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Interview with Hal Duncan

by on Sep 3, 2013 in Interviews, Nonfiction | 0 comments

(Editor’s Note: Click here to read “The Boy Who Loved Death” by Hal Duncan) This interview is exhaustive and amazing, so I won’t mince words here: Hal Duncan is the author of The Book of All Hours duology, Vellum and Ink. Vellum won the Gaylactic Spectrum Award in 2010, and was also nominated for the Locus Award and the World Fantasy Award. He has published dozens of short stories in venues such as Strange Horizons, Postscripts, Interzone, and Electric Velocipede, and has two collections of poetry released through Papaveria Press. He is also the author of Nowhere Town: A Punk-Ass Musical, which was performed by the University of Chicago theater...

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