Short Fiction

Short Fiction from issues of Apex Magazine

Bad Penny

by on Sep 19, 2017 in Short Fiction | 1 comment

3,900 Words But really, the whole damn country is haunted. Every community theatre has an old actor who won’t leave the lights behind; every college and university has a pretty co-ed who hanged herself or jumped out a window; every bed and breakfast has a little child in white. Every...

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by on Sep 12, 2017 in Short Fiction | 0 comments

8,700 words It was too early in the season for a plague, but plague never waited on the turn of the seasons. Sarnai knew that as well as anyone. From inside the tram, Sarnai saw wan winter light trickle across the northern horizon like whisky from the bottom of a glass. A flat-faced...

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The Man in the Crimson Coat

by on Sep 5, 2017 in Short Fiction | 0 comments

5,000 Words Listen to this story narrated by Lori Henry in episode #50 of the Apex Magazine podcast The man pulling music out of the old-world piano at this Fleet Street bar plays minor-key jazz melodies with killer hands. Literal killer hands. His left is a chrome-plated work of art,...

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The Trip

by on Aug 22, 2017 in Short Fiction | 4 comments

5,200 words According to time dilation, Corie was thirty-two years old. Her best friend in the universe, Amy? She was dying. The cancer resisted the chemo drugs and, despite stasis, spread like black oil in all the holoimages of Amy’s organs. Stage four. At least there was no pain. The...

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Skinny Charlie’s Orbiting Teepee

by on Aug 15, 2017 in Short Fiction | 2 comments

4,500 Words “My order said plank house,” Skinny Charlie told the clerk. “Teepee isn’t the same as plank house.” The images on the glowing sign faded before resetting. The spinning letters dropped down again: Skinny Charlie’s Orbiting Teepee. “Won’t make any difference to the tourists,”...

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Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience™

by on Aug 8, 2017 in Short Fiction | 6 comments

5,800 Words In the Great American Indian novel, when it is finally written, all of the white people will be Indians and all of the Indians will be ghosts. —Sherman Alexie, How to Write the Great American Indian Novel   You maintain a menu of a half dozen Experiences on your digital...

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