Issue 101—October 2017

Apex Magazine is a monthly science fiction, fantasy, and horror magazine featuring original, mind-bending short fiction from many of the top pros of the field. New issues are released the first Tuesday of every month.

Happy Halloween! Enjoy our seasonally-appropriate content this month!


Words from the Editor-in-Chief by Jason Sizemore

Penelope Waits by Dennis Danvers
My Struggle by Lavie Tidhar
So Sings the Siren by Annie Neugebauer
Haven, Kansas (Novel Excerpt) by Alethea Kontis
Tree of the Forest Seven Bells Turns the World Round Midnight by Sheree Renée Thomas
The Case of the Mysterious Meat by Kate Ingram

8-bit Rage: Black Hole Zion, Industrial Music, and Science Fiction by Ed Grabianowski
Words for Thought: Short Fiction Review by A. C. Wise

Interview with Author Dennis Danvers by Andrea Johnson
Interview with Cover Artist Rubén Castro by Russell Dickerson

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Cover art by Rubén Castro.

About the Artist

Rubén Castro is a self-taught freelance illustrator from Chile, who specializes in the fantasy genre. After graduating from school, Rubén pursued a career as an electrical engineer, but found himself dissatisfied. He had always loved to draw, but never saw it as a way of making a living because something he enjoyed so much could not count as “work.” While he attended university, he began uploading some of his art to the internet as a way to escape from daily routine and found a group of artists called the Crimson Daggers. It was then that he realized that an artist didn’t need to be born with a special gift, but could reach a professional level of skill through hard work, even without a formal education in art. The group members shared their creative process, and Rubén learned and began to think of art more seriously, and even take on freelance projects. After his father underwent a serious health complication, Rubén decided that life is too short to waste time on a career that left him unhappy. He dropped out of his engineering program and started to work full time at the career he loved most: art. Rubén’s work has been featured in role playing game books, card games, on book covers, and other projects.

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Next month in Apex Magazine, we have original fiction by K.A. Teryna and S.B. Divya and a great reprint from Nick Mamatas and Tim Pratt. Andrea Johnson will be interviewing author S.B. Divya. Our cover art is by Max Mitenkov. Also, managing editor Lesley Conner will be shining a spotlight of indie horror flicks with an interview with the director of The Sublet. And don’t miss the debut of two new columns: “Page Advice” by Mallory O’Meara and Brea Grant and “Between the Lines” by Laura Zats and Erik Hane.