Issue 85 — June 2016


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.

Words from the Editor-in-Chief by Jason Sizemore
Folk Hero by Mary Pletsch (Short Story)
Interview with Author Mary Pletsch by Andrea Johnson
Later, they found her journal by Tina Parker (Poetry)

Cuckoo Girls by Douglas F. Warrick (Short Story)
SEEKING TANIS. Runner Available. by Betsy Phillips (Feature)
Ghost Plague by Tina Jens (Poetry)

Memorials by Aliette de Bodard (Novelette) [removed by request of author]
Interview with Cover Artist Joe Badon by Russell Dickerson
By Payette Lake by Cullen Groves (Poetry)

The Kraken Sea by E. Catherine Tobler (Novel Excerpt)

Podcast Fiction
Download Apex Magazine Podcast #36 (“Folk Hero” by Mary Pletsch) or listen using the player below. (32:27 in length)

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Cover art by Joe Badon.

About the Artist

Joe Badon has been working as a full time freelance illustrator since 2009. He has worked on such comics as The Man with Ten Thousand Eyes, Terra Kaiju, Memoirs of the Mysterious, Frankenbabe and on many other commercial and private commissions. Visit his website at, and listen to some of his music at

Apex Magazine Issue 86 Preview

Next month in Apex Magazine, we will have original fiction by Jennifer Geisbrecht (“Lazarus and the Amazing Kid Phoenix”), and Christopher Shultz (“Starpower”). Our poetry is by David Jibson, Rodney Gomez, Jon Olsen, and Chris Phillips. Our reprint is a novelette by C.S.E. Cooney (“The Big Bah-Ha”). Cover art will be by Sunny Ray. Look for this and more in Apex Magazine issue 86 coming in July, 2016.