Posts Tagged "nonfiction"

A Whole New World

by on Mar 3, 2015 in Nonfiction | 3 comments

I knew I loved horror before I knew I was gay. Oh, I knew I was…different from an early age, but I had no real concept of sexuality until I was older. However, by the time I was 5 years old I had already developed a deep and abiding love of the horror genre. My parents weren’t particularly big horror fans, so I’m not sure where it came from. Maybe I was just born that way. I was approximately 10 when I first started writing. Just little one-page horror tales that were pretty much Twilight Zone rip-offs, but I didn’t become serious about writing—I didn’t really recognize it as my passion and what I wanted to do with my life—until high school. This, coincidentally, was...

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Words from the Editor-in-Chief

by on Mar 3, 2015 in Nonfiction | 1 comment

Welcome to issue #70 of Apex Magazine! Being a speculative fiction magazine, the fiction rightfully serves as our focal point. This month we have some fantastic original work by Shannon Peavey (“A Beautiful Memory”), Thoraiya Dyer (“Houdini’s Heart”), the legendary Nina Kiriki Hoffman (“Where I’m Bound”), and Rati Mehrotra (“Charaid Dreams”). But of particular interest to me is our monthly essay, “A Whole New World” by Mark Allan Gunnells. Mark’s essay discusses the evolution of homophobia he’s encountered in horror over the past 15 years. It is a fascinating…and depressing read. He details editorial feedback for some of his submitted work, and I get the sense that Mark...

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

by on Feb 3, 2015 in Nonfiction | 0 comments

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

by on Feb 3, 2015 in Nonfiction | 0 comments

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

by on Jan 6, 2015 in Nonfiction | 0 comments

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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