Posts Tagged "nonfiction"

The Fuzzy Bunny Squad is Standing By….

by on Aug 4, 2015 in Nonfiction | 0 comments

Picture this: you’re reading a novel, or a short story, or perhaps watching a movie or television show; you’re being entertained, you’re caught-up in the story, enjoying the heck out of everything, and then— —what the…?— —something so unbelievably, incredibly, and mind-numbingly STUPID happens that whatever spell has been cast by the story/novel/film/show is instantly broken, and you spend several moments trying to figure out why this moment of radiant brainlessness has elbowed its way into something that was, up until this point, doing a damn fine job at helping you suspend your disbelief; in fact, you spend so much time meditating on this conundrum that you miss...

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Words from the Editor in Chief

by on Aug 4, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Welcome to issue 75! It is August—the dog days of summer. This is when we sit in the shade on our back porch and fan ourselves, ignoring the flies and sweat bees looking to make dinner out of you. The world moves in heat-induced lumber, and we only have the energy to gossip and philosophize. The quartet of original fiction Apex brings to you, dear reader, will help give you mental grist for your intellectual posturing. There’s an overarching theme that loosely ties the stories together: our need to find and be the person we see ourselves as being. In Mehitobel Wilson’s “Brisé”, the protagonist toys with the notion of “many worlds” and what happens when we glimpse at the...

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For Exposure: The Life and Times of a Small Press Publisher (Excerpt)

by on Jul 7, 2015 in Nonfiction | 0 comments

When people learn you’re the editor of a short fiction magazine, they press you for all the lurid slush pile stories. They understand that the world overflows with twisted, confused individuals and that, as an editor, you have chosen to make your living with the creative output from that crowd. Due to ghastly curiosity, they have questions. What’s the craziest story you’ve ever received? Oh, I’ll get to that later. Have you ever read anything that made you want to call the police? No. But other things related to editing have. I’ll get to that later, too. Has anybody famous ever submitted a story? Stephen King, if you’re reading this, I’m still waiting for your story....

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How Horror Made Me More Empathetic

by on Jul 7, 2015 in Nonfiction | 0 comments

Recently, a New Republic article entitled “What It Says About You if You Enjoy Horror Movies” caused a lot of controversy and angered many horror aficionados and creators, including myself. One of the conclusions, and the one that drew the most ire, was that people who enjoy horror movies lack empathy. (The article can be found here: newrepublic.com/article/120689/babdook-what-it-says-about-you-if-you-enjoy-horror-movies) I take exception to this as someone who considers himself both an empathetic person and a lover of the horror genre. My fiancé is one of the kindest, most compassionate people I’ve ever met, and also a voracious devourer of all things horror. These two...

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Words from the Editor-in-Chief

by on Jul 7, 2015 in Nonfiction | 0 comments

Welcome to issue 74! This month we have an edgy SF exploration of gender and sexuality in Rich Larson’s “Going Endo.” I suspect the story might not be to the tastes of some readers. For example, read the opening lines: They say the reason it’s mostly fems who go endo is because of the whole penetration thing, like us sirs can’t handle the wet interface, but once on leave I got my face pulped in a blood-brawl at Decker’s Draughts & Dopamine, and since the autosurgeon took five whole hours putting my jaw back together I woke up with a supersize catheter stuffed up my cock. Going endo can’t be worse than that, I don’t think. That’s imagery that sticks. It’s like Larson...

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