Short Fiction

Short Fiction from issues of Apex Magazine

I Remember Your Face

by on Aug 15, 2016 in Short Fiction | 0 comments

7,000 Words She scrabbled in the dirt, sifting through dust piles, raising turrets and smashing castles. Her hands were coated with grime, the mud dark in the lines of her palms. Pushing her skirt up around her thighs, she examined her socks, gray with grit. She crouched down closer to...

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Fall to Her

by on Aug 8, 2016 in Short Fiction | 0 comments

1,341 Words You want to fall. You want to fall up, sideways, diagonal — towards the sun, or the moons, or the asteroid field. Out here in the vast pin-pricked black, it all feels like falling down. The mech you wear is thick; it amplifies the ragged sound of your breathing. But it cannot...

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The Gentleman of Chaos

by on Aug 2, 2016 in Short Fiction | 2 comments

4,100 Words People call him the Gentleman of Chaos, but he is not gentle. By popular count, he’s assassinated thirteen kings, seventy-two princes, one thousand nobles, and five queens. By popular legend, he’s immortal, a god of commoners, a death-demon summoned to feed on corruption, a...

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The Big Bah-Ha

by on Jul 18, 2016 in Short Fiction | 0 comments

For Bea LaMonica and Gillian Hastings 16,100 Words Beatrice did not wake up in Heaven. She lay flat on her back. The surface beneath her was hard as concrete, maybe bouncier, like those playgrounds made from recycled tires. Bitter crazy cold out, but she could not see her breath. “Dead,...

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Starpower

by on Jul 11, 2016 in Short Fiction | 0 comments

5,900 Words For now, you can still watch Marty’s creation online. It begins with this disclaimer: WARNING: IF YOU VOTED FOR GOVERNOR YVETTE POLSON, DO NOT WATCH THIS VIDEO. IT CONTAINS POWERFUL SUBLIMINAL TEXT AND IMAGES THAT WILL IMPLANT SUICIDAL TENDENCIES IN YOUR MIND. Every time I...

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Lazarus and the Amazing Kid Phoenix

by on Jul 4, 2016 in Short Fiction | 2 comments

7,500 Words The first thing the Old Man told me was this: “Sometimes folks just don’t die right.” So I’m gonna tell you a story about what that that means, and I want you to listen real carefully. § The Old Man said to me: “Sometimes they go down. Sometimes they go down, down, right down...

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