Issue 53 — October 2013


Issue 53Apex 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.

Becca at the End of the World by Shira Lipkin
Grey in the Gauge of His Storm by Damien Angelica Walters
An Assault of Color by Mari Ness
Shatter by Kelly McCullough

Blood on Vellum: Notes from the Editor-in-Chief by Lynne M. Thomas
A Hammer with an Edge: Swords in Fantasy Literature by Douglas Hulick
Interview with Kelly McCullough by Lynne M. Thomas
First Intermission: The Day the Movies Came Knocking at My Door or ‘I’m Ready for My Close-up, Mr. DeMille!’ by Gary A. Braunbeck

Podcast Fiction
Download Podcast #4 (“Becca at the End of the World” by Shira Lipkin) or listen using the player below. (9:38 in length)

A 2013 Hugo Award nominee for Best Semiprozine!

Cover art by Bruce Holwerda.

About the Artist

I consider myself a painter first, although I think I’ve tried most of the traditional mediums throughout my art career. Somehow, I keep returning to paint. I grew up in a rural community in western Michigan where art wasn’t even on the radar. I was very fortunate to have a supportive art teacher in high school and with his encouragement I developed a fascination with drawing and creative projects. After high school, I went to Kendall School of Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where I got my diploma in Illustration. I continued on to Syracuse University to complete my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Finally out of school, I found work as an illustrator in Saginaw, Michigan and my fascination with new and exciting assignments grew. Eventually, that position was phased out and I started exhibiting work at local art festivals. Seventeen years later I am still traveling and exhibiting all over the country, while working from my home in central Alabama. I’m lucky that my working life allows me to realize the surreal fantasy subjects that I love to paint for an audience that seems to appreciate the effort.

You can see my paintings at, in Spectrum 13, 16, and 18, also at, and the J2Gallery in Chicago, or you may catch me on the road in a show near you.