Posts Tagged "nonfiction"

Never Enough Farmers! Class and Writing Fantasy Novels

by on Apr 7, 2015 in Nonfiction | 5 comments

It always starts in a bar. The barmaid (always buxom) has been serving beer since the church bells rang, precisely at five. Inside, the minstrel has been playing his lute, and the blacksmith drinking one stein after another. The door opens—in enters the mysterious, cloaked thief they’ve been waiting for. And now, the quest can begin! And here’s where I start thinking, Not this again! As a literary agent, one of my most common tasks is reading manuscripts from the slush pile. I’m also a historian who writes about the history of the middle class. Because of these two occupations, I’m very aware of historical errors in fantasy literature—not so much getting the facts...

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Words from the Editor-in-Chief

by on Apr 7, 2015 in Nonfiction | 0 comments

Welcome to Apex Magazine issue 71! This month we have several stories that highlight the consequences of hard decisions. This is one of my favorite themes and I’m delighted to bring these stories to you. Counted among our fiction contributors this month are Sean Robinson, AC Wise, Octavia Cade, Naomi Kritzer, Lia Swope Mitchell, and Yzabel Ginsberg. Our nonfiction offerings this month come from agent Jennie Goloboy as she writes about some of the common problems she finds in fantasy fiction (writers pay attention!). Andrea Johnson interviews the talented AC Wise, while Russell Dickerson talks to cover artist Adrian Borda about his unique creations. Poetry editor Bianca...

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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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