Blood on Vellum: Notes from the Apex Editor

by on Jan 3, 2012 in Blog, Nonfiction | 0 comments

Goodbye, 2011. You were full of adventures through mystical labyrinths, virtual worlds, asteroid belts, massive cities, and intimate gardens. Shira Lipkin, Heather McDougal, Amal El-Mohtar, Lavie Tidhar, Indrapramit Das, Rabbit Seagraves, Eugie Foster, Annalee Newitz, Mike Allen, Forrest Aguirre, Saladin Ahmed, Elizabeth Bear, and outgoing editor Catherynne M. Valente all graced our pages (among many talented others).

And now it’s a new year with a new editor and more new stories. We’re beginning 2012 with new stories from Cat Rambo and Sarah Dalton, which I think is an auspicious start.

Cat Rambo’s “So Glad We Had This Time Together” takes on the horrors of reality television. Sarah Dalton’s “Sweethearts Showdown” features a quirky, modified beauty queen bloodbowl. Our classic revisited this month comes from the 2003 anthology Mojo: Conjure Stories, edited by Nalo Hopkinson. Gregory Frost’s “The Prowl” tells a chilling historical tale of a palatyi on a slave ship that is not always completely malevolent.

This month’s nonfiction includes an interview with Gregory Frost by Maggie Slater, and an article by Jim C. Hines, a fantasy author and former rape counselor, who gives us the do’s and don’ts of including rape as a story-plot point.

I hope that you enjoy the January issue of Apex. I’m looking forward to seeing where Apex takes us next.

Lynne M. Thomas
Editor-In-Chief, Apex Magazine

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