Words from the Editor-in-Chief

by on Jan 2, 2018 in Nonfiction | 0 comments

Welcome to issue 104! It’s double-sized for quadruple the fun.

Before I dive into our contents, I want to talk about some major changes beginning this month for our zine.

Apex Magazine is now available in print.

Can I subscribe? Yes. But we’re switching to a recurring monthly billing method. You can make sure you receive every print issue by backing the zine’s Patreon at the $10 reward level or greater or signing up for a recurring subscription at the Apex website. The print edition issues will also be available for purchase from Amazon and the usual assortment of online vendors.

How much will each issue cost? This will vary. Our issues run 20,000 to 30,000 words. The double issue is nearly 60,000 words. Issue costs will be $8 USD. No matter the cost of a single issue, the Patreon reward level of $10 (or greater) will make sure you receive it. Please note that the Patreon reward level of $10 includes shipping costs.

What is the format of each issue? They’ll look like trade paperback chapbooks. 5.5” wide by 8.5” tall.

When will the print edition be available? Approximately 2 weeks after the first Tuesday of each month. We have to have them printed. Then packed and mailed. We plan to work on modifying our production schedule in pieces throughout 2018 to have the print release closer with the digital release.

Apex Magazine traditional subscriptions will be available exclusively through Weightless Books. Also, you can back our Patreon at the $2.99 reward level or greater to receive the eBook edition each month or buy a recurring subscription from the Apex website.

Our website edition and release schedule will remain the same.

We, of course, will honor traditional subscriptions and will deliver your monthly issues like usual until your subscription expires. When your subscription expires, we will direct you to Weightless or Patreon.

Any other questions? Email me or connect with me on social media.

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We have six incredible original stories from a group of talented and diverse authors. Nisi Shawl is well-known for her dark fantasy and magical realism, but she’s also a talented science fiction writer. Check out “The Best Friend We Never Had” for proof of this assertion. Nick Mamatas takes readers on a cosmic date with an opera omnia entity and a lowly slowfolk (a human). Lila Bowen (AKA, Delilah Dawson) drops us into her Shadow series (supernatural weird west fantasy) with “Asylum of Cuckoos.” “To Blight a Fig Tree” by Benjamin Kingsley is a harrowing “what if” that reads like a Margaret Atwood nightmare.

There are two international works this month. Our international fiction editor, Cristina Jurado, brings us the poetic “Symphony to a city under the stars” by Mexican author Armando Saldaña. In Chi Hui’s “The Heaven-Moving Way” (translated by Andy Dudak), a brother and sister discover galaxy spanning portal gates.

It’s become a January tradition to have Ursula Vernon in our pages. As far as traditions go, it’s a good one, and so is “Origin Story,” a reprint from her self-published collection Jackalope Wives & Other Stories (published under her T. Kingfisher pseudonym). Cassandra Khaw, the coolest and most-fun person I follow on social media, is back with a ghost story set on a spaceship.

Poetry returns (for this issue only)! We have “Monster: Puppeteer” and “Treebound” by Mary Soon Lee. Also, Jeremy Paden returns to the zine with “the saddest of angels.”

Andrea Johnson interviews Lila Bowen and Russell Dickerson interviews our cover artist Daniele Serra.

Finally, Shawn Pryor writes about a fascinating pioneer in the world of black comic creators with “Orrin Evans: The Pioneer of Black Comic Book Publishing.” I found Shawn’s essay to be a sad and eye-opening read.

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Thank you for joining us for 2018. Now go forth and read and have a wonderful year!

Jason Sizemore

Editor-in-Chief

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