Blood on Vellum: Notes from the Apex Editor-in-Chief (December, 2011)

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By Lynne M. Thomas

Winter is a challenging time. While I’m not a fan of being cold, I like the sense of renewal that comes with bracing winds and clean snow that covers up the yard work I neglected to complete from the fall. It feels like a clean slate. We shine our lights just a bit more brightly during this darkest time of the year. We gather together and share food, time, and warmth as best we can, as the weather does its utmost to make us feel isolated and alone.

This month’s issue is a bit eclectic, but I think it illustrates feeling alone even when surrounded by people. We have an irreverent take on holiday SF/F films by E.E. Knight, and two stories that take on the notion of family from very different perspectives, one by Christopher Barzak and one from Michael Pevzner. This issue also includes a reprint of a haunting tale from Sarah Monette. Our poetry comes from F.J. Bergmann and Sandy Liebowitz. We’ve got a great interview with writer Jennifer Pelland, and a splendidly wintry cover by Galen Smith.

As we move into a new year, there are some minor tweaks that you will see for Apex. The first is that poetry is shifting to an occasional rather than a monthly feature. I am exceedingly picky about poetry, and I prefer to focus on publishing only the pieces that take my breath away.

We are also, after this issue, lowering our maximum word count for submissions to 5000 words from 7500. I tend to prefer leaner, tighter stories, and this will help us achieve that end.

Given that my background is in nonfiction editing, it should not come as much of a surprise that you will see additional nonfiction. We’re including more interviews with writers whenever possible, as well as thoughtful, provocative essays on a wide range of topics.

I hope you enjoy the December issue of Apex.

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