Short Fiction

Short Fiction from issues of Apex Magazine


by on Oct 17, 2016 in Short Fiction | 0 comments

8,000 Words :1: Jonie stole one of Daniel’s books. ‘Borrowed’, we might say; but she knew what stealing was, and she knew what she was doing. On the other hand, her mother was always pressing her to read books, and – to be truthful – there was little else to do. Jacob and the others were...

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by on Oct 10, 2016 in Short Fiction | 5 comments

The Night Watch was scheduled for 10 that evening, but Jay started his patrol at sundown. With a newly sharpened gulok resting on his shoulder, he ambled down the scabrous road that wound throughout the settlement, ducking clotheslines, skirting refuse and threading the narrow strips and...

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Damnatio Ad Beastias

by on Oct 4, 2016 in Short Fiction | 0 comments

7,000 Words The blue pills came first. Robin’s egg blue and smelling faintly chemical when Madeline opened the bottle. Then yellow, and a green the color of scum that grew on the pond her landlord called a “water feature.” Finally, a striated capsule all violet and cream. Madeline had...

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War Dog

by on Sep 26, 2016 in Short Fiction | 0 comments

4,600 Words He slowed for a feathered corpse in the middle of the road. Up above, the local troop of macaques shrieked at a flock of gene-crafted micro-raptors. He rounded the blind curve and jerked the steering wheel back to avoid a washout from last night’s thunderstorm. The truck...

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The Old Man and the Phoenix

by on Sep 19, 2016 in Short Fiction | 1 comment

1,235 Words The old man stared out the window at the sky streaked with burnt oranges and sizzling yellows. A few white stars winked. Magentas hung suspended in the mist. Sherbet, he thought. I bet the dawn tastes like rainbow sherbet. If the old man had a spoon big enough, he would have...

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The Prince Who Gave Up Her Empire

by on Sep 12, 2016 in Short Fiction | 0 comments

7,200 Words Terasadh arrived in the world with a force so abrupt that the resin womb holding her split in two, cracking as she took her first breath and cried out from the shock of being alive. Her aunt, King Nadjana, was the sole witness; she cleared the infant’s throat of...

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