The beast that is 2016 is behind us. 2017 is a blank slate ready to be filled with our accomplishments. I believe issue 92 is a great place to place our pen to paper and write the story of the next twelve months.
This is a special double issue created as a result of our annual subscription drive back in late October and early November. So that means YOU made this possible. Thank YOU!
And we want YOU to look back on 2016 one last time and participate in our annual Apex Magazine Story of the Year Reader Award. How does it work? It’s easy. You have until until January 15th to cast your vote for your favorite story. You only get to vote for three stories, so it’s a tough choice! All you need to do is click here. To vote for the Apex Magazine Cover of the Year Award click here. The winners receive acclaim, a nice certificate, and the right to brag all they want!
Ursula Vernon returns to our pages with the powerful “The Dark Birds.” This dark fantasy (and dare we say…horror) allegory is my favorite Vernon piece thus far. James Beamon explores time travel and racism in “Soliloquy in a Cheap Diner Off Route 66.” “The Invisible Box” is a fun and quick little story of revenge. “Next Station, Shibuya” by Iori Kusano continues the conversation our magazine has ongoing with Japanase-influenced horror and SF. In “Mag, the Habitat and We” Lia Swope Mitchell’s little protagonists protect and fight for their home. Our two reprints are from Mike Allen and Rich Larson. “The Quiltmaker” is a terrifying dark fantasy/horror novella that will leave a mark. “Masked” by Rich Larson will have you thinking of Black Mirrors, but hey, his story came out before the third season of the show, so we’re giving Rich all the credit for the idea!
Our nonfiction includes interviews with cover artist Aaron Nakahara and author James Beamon. Dr. Amy H. Sturgis contributes a scholarly piece titled “The Once and Future Chief: Tecumseh in (Science) Fiction.” Be sure to check out our August, 2017 issue as Dr. Sturgis will be our guest editor and will focus on First Nations and Indigenous authors of North America.
Poetry contributors this month include Barton Paul Levenson, Laura Madeline Wiseman, Tracy May Adair, and Amanda Pekar.
We hope you enjoy issue 92 of Apex Magazine!