Words from the Editor-in-Chief

April is a fun month. The temperature rises. The flowers blossom. The promise of summer is just around the corner.

It’s all a ruse.

April has its surprise cold spells. Late freezes kill early blooms. The dangerous heat of summer waits to cook you in your skin.

I like to think Apex Magazine is a little bit like April. Over the last couple of months, our content, while not happy, has been, perhaps, a touch lighter than usual. Well, the dark times are back, and I think you’re going to love it!

Andrew Kooy’s “Clap Your Hands” is a crushing tale that comes full circle on the miseries of its unfortunate protagonist. Jamie Lackey’s “The Sharp Edges of Anger” is another tale of mistreatment and misery, but with hope parceled out like promises of salvation, yet reading to the end will leave you broken. The title of Tlotlo Tsamaase’s “Murders Fell From Our Wombs” should give you an idea of the tone of her story.  It opens with this killer sentence:

“In our village, they say evil waits in the uterus like the night cranes before dawn, like a wound in the earth, lying broad between thighs, dropping things made of sunset, as phrased by my poetic sister, who wholly agrees with this.”

Welcome to Apex Magazine, a publication where we want to challenge the reader intellectually, emotionally, and mentally.

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Mary SanGiovanni marks her debut appearance in Apex Magazine with a wonderful piece about H.P. Lovecraft titled “Lovecraft and the Occult.” This month marks the 25th anniversary of the Branch Davidian standoff. Jerry Gordon gives us details into the disaster with “My Road Trip with David Koresh,” a small taste of his upcoming novel Breaking the World.

Andrea Johnson interviews Andrew Kooy, while Russell Dickerson has a conversation with cover artist Chase Henson.

All that and our regular columns Between the Lines with Erik Hane and Laura Zats and Page Advice by Mallory O’Meara and Brea Grant.

Enjoy!

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