Words from the Editor-in-Chief

by on Oct 3, 2017 in Nonfiction | 0 comments

October is here and we have some chilling fiction to share with you this month. But first, some big news!

Apex Magazine will be available as a physical publication beginning with issue 104 (January, 2018). The full announcement can be read here, but the tl;dr version is that via Patreon you will be able to subscribe. Single issues will be sold through Amazon.

We have other great news to share, too. November will see the first appearance of a new column titled “Page Advice” by Mallory O’Meara and Brea Grant (co-hosts of the popular Reading Glasses podcast). One of my favorite recurring bits that Mallory and Brea do on their show is a reader’s advice section, and “Page Advice” will be a flavor of that. It’s incredible to work with such enthusiastic promoters of reading and literature, and I’m certain their enthusiasm and knowledge will be enjoyed by our readers.

Also coming in November is “Between the Lines” by literary agents Laura Zats and Erik Hane (co-hosts of the popular Print Run podcast). They’ll be covering publishing-industry specifics in a manner of interests to readers and fans. They’re erudite. They’re insiders. And they’re entertaining.

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A teacher’s assistant, Anthony Klancar, organizes a student-led writing group at Winton Woods, a school in southern Ohio. He reached out to Apex Magazine to see if we would sponsor and potentially publish the winner of his group’s writing content. The stories would be judged by our editor Maurice Broaddus, former editor Janet Harriett, and legendary dark fantasy author Gary A. Braunbeck.

I said yes. I would have killed for an opportunity like this when I was in high school.

The winner was Kate Ingram. Her story “The Case of the Mysterious Meat” is a fun and pulpy weird-noir piece that leaves a bite. We’ve included a word from Mr. Klancar about the group and the writing competition.

Congratulations to Kate Ingram! You’re definitely the youngest author we’ve ever published!

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Along with Kate’s story, we have a new alt-history noir short by Lavie Tidhar. “My Struggle” is set in his A Man Lies Dreaming universe where Adolf Hitler failed to become the leader of Germany and lives a squalid life as a private dick in London. “Penelope Waits” by Dennis Danvers is a bit more light-hearted, involving alien abductions, classical Greek literature, and one smart country woman.

“So Sings the Siren” by Annie Neugebauer is a sci-horror selection that will be wearing a trigger warning for sensitive readers. There is a siren in the story. That is all I choose to give away to this powerful work of fiction.

Nonfiction includes an interview with author Dennis Danvers and our cover artist Rubén Castro. Ed Grabianowski reviews a sci-fi album (a first for us … and, no, it isn’t Jeff Wayne’s classic War of the Worlds musical).

Our reprint this month is by the always amazing Sheree Renée Thomas: “Tree of the Forest Seven Bells Turns the World Round Midnight.”

Finally, we have a special treat this month with an excerpt from Alethea Kontis’s novel Haven, Kansas. Alethea is one of the hardworking and sweetest individuals I know. It’s always a pleasure having her in the zine.

Until next month! And happy Halloween!

 

Jason Sizemore

Editor-in-Chief

 

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