Posts Tagged "nonfiction"

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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Words from the Editor-in-Chief

by on Jan 6, 2015 in Nonfiction | 0 comments

Happy New Year and welcome to 2015! I started Apex Publications (and the initial iteration of this zine) back in 2005. To think that ten years have passed… well, I’d rather not think about it. Instead, let’s focus on the here and now, and talk about the changes Apex Magazine has undergone over the last three months. Most obviously, you’ll note that the zine has a new editor–in–chief. Sigrid Ellis, by any measure, did a great job, and I offer my deepest thanks and gratitude for the work she accomplished. I have an opportunity to work for Apex full–time within the next few months, and having the magazine back under my direct control offers me the chance of making the...

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Fandom: Not Just Funny Business

by on Dec 2, 2014 in Nonfiction | 1 comment

3850 WORDS As I supervised the towering pile of tentacle hentai, my boss started cursing behind me. “Dammit, dammit! Sell it all, sell it all! They’re going out of business.” While I had always known a company somewhere made the products I helped sell, that was the moment I realized that conventions were more than costumes and fun. An entire industry runs on the backs of the fans. For me, the revelation hit late for sure, but it has stuck with me as I’ve continued to go to conventions and been on various sides of the table. Over the years I’ve been just an attendee there to enjoy the panels and items for sale. I came to meet some of the celebrities, show off my...

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Interview with Artist Nello Shep

by on Dec 2, 2014 in Interviews | 0 comments

1000 WORDS Nello Shep is a digital painter, whose work centers around surrealistic scifiscapes, and dreamlike depictions of outer space and the universe. Shep recently started working as an environmental concept artist on several indie games, and has spent the last few years studying physics and fine art in college. This month’s cover features Shep’s beautiful, otherworldly piece “Ouroboros.” APEX MAGAZINE: Many of your works feature a solitary figure in a much larger environment, as “Ouroboros” does. Is that something that strikes you before you start working on a new piece, or partway into creating it? NELLO SHEP: The lone figures in my work are always intentional,...

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Interview with Marie Vibbert

by on Dec 2, 2014 in Interviews | 0 comments

2200 WORDS IT professional by day, writer by night, graduate of Clarion, and member of the Cajun Sushi Hamsters since she was sixteen, Marie Vibbert can tell you exactly which roller coasters she’s ridden. Her short fiction has appeared in Lightspeed Magazine, Intergalactic Medicine Show, and Escape Pod, and her poetry has appeared in Asimov’s, Eye to the Telescope, and Sanitarium Magazine. Nearly everyone will recognize the opening conversation in “Keep Talking,” in which a parent has gotten a new job, and must convince their family that moving away from everything they know won’t be the end of the world. Subtly and elegantly layered, Vibbert handles the prickly issue...

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