Nonfiction

Interview with Lucas de Alcântara

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This month’s Apex Magazine cover artist is Lucas de Alcântara. Working with mechanical and organic ideas, and different types of artistic media, he brings a wonderful vision to this month’s Apex Magazinecover. His work as a freelance illustrator, and years of experience as a designer for advertising agencies, lends a unique look to his work. APEX MAGAZINE: Your cover for this month’s Apex Magazine, “Your touch (or Die Ungeziefer),” expertly mixes organic, mechanical, and ethereal visuals. Did you have a solid vision of the end piece when you started the art, or did the elements evolve as you worked? LUCAS de ALCâNTARA: Every piece of art I make has some previous small...

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Interview with Damien Angelica Walters

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A prolific writer of speculative short fiction, Damien Angelica Walters’ work has appeared in magazines such as Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Lightspeed, Apex Magazine, Strange Horizons, Electric Velocipede, Nightmare Magazine, and Daily Science Fiction, and in anthologies such as Glitter and Mayhem, What Fates Impose, and Year’s Best Weird Fiction. While publishing upwards of ten short stories every year, she makes time for editing as well, having been an editor for the Hugo Award winning Electric Velocipede. Her debut short fiction collection Sing Me Your Scars is forthcoming from Apex Publications and is currently available for pre-order. Her new novel Paper Tigers will...

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A Whole New World

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I knew I loved horror before I knew I was gay. Oh, I knew I was…different from an early age, but I had no real concept of sexuality until I was older. However, by the time I was 5 years old I had already developed a deep and abiding love of the horror genre. My parents weren’t particularly big horror fans, so I’m not sure where it came from. Maybe I was just born that way. I was approximately 10 when I first started writing. Just little one-page horror tales that were pretty much Twilight Zone rip-offs, but I didn’t become serious about writing—I didn’t really recognize it as my passion and what I wanted to do with my life—until high school. This, coincidentally, was...

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Words from the Editor-in-Chief

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Welcome to issue #70 of Apex Magazine! Being a speculative fiction magazine, the fiction rightfully serves as our focal point. This month we have some fantastic original work by Shannon Peavey (“A Beautiful Memory”), Thoraiya Dyer (“Houdini’s Heart”), the legendary Nina Kiriki Hoffman (“Where I’m Bound”), and Rati Mehrotra (“Charaid Dreams”). But of particular interest to me is our monthly essay, “A Whole New World” by Mark Allan Gunnells. Mark’s essay discusses the evolution of homophobia he’s encountered in horror over the past 15 years. It is a fascinating…and depressing read. He details editorial feedback for some of his submitted work, and I get the sense that Mark...

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Interview with Loika

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For our February issue, Apex Magazine features a bright and beautiful cover from artist Loika. Otherwise known as Yan Qin Weng, Loika discussed her cover piece and her portfolio of colorful works withApex. APEX MAGAZINE: For this month’s Apex Magazine cover, we’re using your piece Summer Cradle. As you are creating a piece like this, is your first vision of the person in the foreground, the sun or event going on in the sky, or a mix of things? LOIKA: I believe it was the shape of the cloud, forming the crescent or “cradle” around the sun which came first. The rest of the composition was built around that—I knew I wanted a storm in the distance and vivid greens and...

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Interview with Brian Keene

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Author of over 40 novels, winner of two Bram Stoker awards and the World Horror Grand Master award, Brian Keene specializes in telling stories that are as thrilling as they are unsettling. His 2003 novelThe Rising makes the short list of books and films that helped kick off our current love for all things zombie, and his newest novel is The Lost Level is a loving ode to the lost world adventure tales of yesteryear. On top of balancing multiple projects (including the recently launched name–your–own–price monthly serial novel The Labyrinth and serving as Executive Producer for the independent film studio Drunken Tentacle Productions), Brian also manages and oversees...

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