Posts Tagged "apex magazine"

Synesthete

by on Sep 2, 2014 in Poetry | 0 comments

For Lily and her eyetongues Love is a hungry word Hollow, needful Lying thick on the tongue, and sharp With a coppery tang Not unlike blood Though its stain Far more difficult To wash away I spoke it only once After In the days when this juxtaposition These star–crossed wires Were new, novel A parlor trick to amuse my friends When I still had more than one More than you I’d healed from the accident A head–meet–pavement moment Back when black Was just a color And did not come with its own Sweet and sour scent Quite apart from licorice Or asphalt And there were no such things As helmet laws I was reading to my little sister Her favorite book, once mine Where the Wild...

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Ghosts of Oz

by on Sep 2, 2014 in Poetry | 0 comments

Oz was a dismal place in those days. Rule of witches is never a formula for happiness. Not evil witches, nor good witches, nor woods witches or all–knowing sorceresses. Too many witches, they say, spoil the potion. Always The spirits in Oz were angry then. Who can be a sane witch when listening to those whispering voices wail and moan about the loss of balance in the land? The Witch Wars unbalanced more than the land. People saw things no one should see, did things no one should do. We became things no one should see, or hear, or suffer to live, to coin a phrase. That was where the Tin Man came from really, The official story was a lie made up for him by one of the Good...

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Superman Bound

by on Sep 2, 2014 in Poetry | 0 comments

“He can run forever, can’t he?” That’s where it started. One question followed by a challenge, an appeal to Superman’s better nature. So they took him to the turbines, and put him to work. As God said, “Let there be light.” Light and refrigeration and cell phones, as he ran on and on. One day of perfect, clean energy carried on his sculpted shoulders. That was all it was supposed to be. It wasn’t enough. Now he runs alone — grinding the gold for Froði’s children. The rooms beyond him glow sickly green. Lois imprisoned for leaking state secrets. He doesn’t know he’s not the only one, as his legs blur, feet rising and falling. We fed our best to the singing wires, but no...

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Enemy State

by on Sep 2, 2014 in Short Fiction | 0 comments

Enjoy the following novelette “Enemy State” by Karin Lowachee. Featured in the new Apex Publications anthology War Stories: New Military Science Fiction edited by Andrew Liptak and Jaym Gates. Available now from Apex Publications http://www.apexbookcompany.com/collections/preorders/products/war-stories WAR, WAR, WAR, WAR, WAR. I’m so sick of hearing about the war. It’s everywhere and you’re not. It’s everywhere that you’re not. Two years into this loss, and the garage, which used to be my zen place, is now just another place. Everyone thinks asking about you might make it better because it shows concern. As if I want to talk about it. Two years waiting and I no longer...

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Interview with Cover Artist Jeff Ward

by on Sep 2, 2014 in Interviews | 0 comments

Jeff Ward is a digital illustrator with an eye for painting fantastic worlds and characters. He’s done work for various big house comic book publishers, as well as game developers and magazines. Apex Magazine is very fortunate to have his work ‘Planet Base’ grace the cover of this issue. APEX MAGAZINE: Hello Jeff! Thanks for having an interview with Apex Magazine. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? What started you on the path of illustration, particularly of the fantasy genre? JEFF WARD: I was inspired early on by movies, comic books, and animation. And at one point I wanted to be a cartoonist like Jim Davis, creator of Garfield. In art school I started out...

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