Nonfiction

Interview with Carly Sorge

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A professional illustrator from Fort Wayne, Indiana, this month’s Apex Magazine cover artist Carly Sorge creates a wide variety of digital artwork. Her pieces, many for tabletop RPG games, feature varied genres including science fiction, fantasy, and horror. APEX MAGAZINE: For your piece “Submersible,” the color palette is much more subdued than many of your other works. How does the choice of color affect the emotion of a piece, and does the duotone nature of the work offer something that a full color piece might not? CARLY SORGE: Color is a powerful, if not the prime, driver of emotion, and control of color is one of the most difficult skills to master. Often a...

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For Exposure: The Life and Times of a Small Press Publisher (Excerpt)

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When people learn you’re the editor of a short fiction magazine, they press you for all the lurid slush pile stories. They understand that the world overflows with twisted, confused individuals and that, as an editor, you have chosen to make your living with the creative output from that crowd. Due to ghastly curiosity, they have questions. What’s the craziest story you’ve ever received? Oh, I’ll get to that later. Have you ever read anything that made you want to call the police? No. But other things related to editing have. I’ll get to that later, too. Has anybody famous ever submitted a story? Stephen King, if you’re reading this, I’m still waiting for your story....

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How Horror Made Me More Empathetic

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Recently, a New Republic article entitled “What It Says About You if You Enjoy Horror Movies” caused a lot of controversy and angered many horror aficionados and creators, including myself. One of the conclusions, and the one that drew the most ire, was that people who enjoy horror movies lack empathy. (The article can be found here: newrepublic.com/article/120689/babdook-what-it-says-about-you-if-you-enjoy-horror-movies) I take exception to this as someone who considers himself both an empathetic person and a lover of the horror genre. My fiancé is one of the kindest, most compassionate people I’ve ever met, and also a voracious devourer of all things horror. These two...

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Interview with Rich Larson

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If Rich Larson’s name sounds familiar, it’s because you’re seeing his name in more and more places. Here at Apex, we recently published his story “Brute” in November of 2014 (issue 66), and before that “Maria and the Pilgrim” in February of 2014. His short fiction has also been published in Strange Horizons, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, The Canadian Science Fiction Review, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and other notable magazines. If anthologies are more your scene, you’ll find his name in the table of contents of War Stories, Upgraded, Futuredaze, and in The Years Best Science Fiction, Volume 32. Born in West Africa, educated in Canada and currently living in Spain, Rich’s...

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Words from the Editor-in-Chief

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Welcome to issue 74! This month we have an edgy SF exploration of gender and sexuality in Rich Larson’s “Going Endo.” I suspect the story might not be to the tastes of some readers. For example, read the opening lines: They say the reason it’s mostly fems who go endo is because of the whole penetration thing, like us sirs can’t handle the wet interface, but once on leave I got my face pulped in a blood-brawl at Decker’s Draughts & Dopamine, and since the autosurgeon took five whole hours putting my jaw back together I woke up with a supersize catheter stuffed up my cock. Going endo can’t be worse than that, I don’t think. That’s imagery that sticks. It’s like Larson...

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Interview with Tori K. Roman

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Artist Tori K. Roman, also known as To-Ka-Ro, provided this month’s beautiful Apex Magazine cover. A self-taught mixed media artist and designer, her art pieces vary from anime styles to unique character paintings. APEX MAGAZINE: Your art for this month’s Apex cover, “Fly Again,” could be interpreted from a few different angles. Some might think that the pilots have returned to flight, and the foreground person is watching them happily. Others might think the foreground person has been left behind. As an artist, are you concerned with how someone will interpret your art, or is that a personal idea that you leave to each viewer? TORI K. ROMAN: While I have a...

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