Nonfiction

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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Supposedly True (but Probably Not, and That’s OK) Weird Tales

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I’m a skeptic. If you tell me a story about a ghost or that time you saw Bigfoot, my instinctive reaction is to look at the evidence and figure out what non–supernatural reason there might be for something so seemingly weird. But I’ll be the first to admit that sometimes the truth gets in the way of a good story. With that in mind, I dug up some of my favorite weird encounters based purely on how utterly bonkers the story is. Nevermind that this is probably a collection of drunken hoaxes and sheer lunacy. It’s the untruth that matters, for once. The Kentucky Invasion The Sutton family was preparing for a quiet evening in their farmhouse located between the Kentucky...

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Words from the Editor-in-Chief

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Welcome to issue 69 of Apex Magazine! This is a good month to be a reader of genre fiction. We have original fiction by Damien Angelica Walters (“Requiem, for Solo Cello”), Mary E. Lowd (“Foreknowledge”), Susan Jane Bigelow (“The Best Little Cleaning Robot in All of Faerie”), Rhoads Brazos (“Inhale”), and Lisa L. Hannett (“Heirloom Pieces”). For our subscriber and eBook readers, we have an exclusive reprint of “The Topaz Marquise” by the wonderful Fran Wilde. Brian Keene is a world–renowned dark fantasy and horror author, most recently earning the title of WHC Grand Master (alongside authors such as Stephen King, Harlan Ellison, Richard Matheson, Clive Barker, and Anne...

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The Other: HP Lovecraft, Alien, & Ghost Stories: Monstrifications of Dunbar’s Number

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1720 WORDS Our social lives are fraught with peril over the question of who belongs and who doesn’t. What’s the difference between becoming a friend and getting friendzoned? Is it love or is it a stalker? Should I get to know my neighbors, even though we have nothing in common but location? How many illegal immigrants does it take to steal a job? What do I do when a coworker stabs me in the back? How bad does a blood relation have to get on Facebook before I can unfollow them without feeling guilty? Is it better to take advice from a stranger or from your parents? As much as we might want to treat everyone fairly, and as much as we don’t want to fall back on...

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Interview with Emma SanCartier

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750 WORDS This month’s Apex Magazine features cover art from artist Emma SanCartier. SanCartier has worked on a diverse range of illustration and design projects, including children’s books, poster and product design, and illustrations for magazines. Over the past several years, she has been developing a line of designer toys and sculptures based off of her illustrated OddFauna creatures. APEX MAGAZINE: Your beautiful art for this month’s Apex cover, “the 3 Norns,” and many of your other works, are based on Norse mythology. What is it that fascinates you about mythology, and do you have specific ideas in mind when incorporating mythology into your art? EMMA SANCARTIER:...

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