Posts made in January, 2010

Book Review: Kill Whitey by Brian Keene

Posted by on Jan 11, 2010 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror | 0 comments

By Jason Sizemore Have you ever fallen instantly in love with the wrong girl? Sure, many of us have. Was this girl a stripper under the thumb of a powerful Russian gangster who may… or may not possess supernatural powers? Unfortunately, for the protagonist in Brian Keene’s fast-paced man vs. monster novel, Kill Whitey, that’s exactly what has happened. Larry Gibson is a decent enough guy who works as a package loader for a large shipment company. He works the night shift with three of his buddies. One of the friends is getting married so they decide to hit the strip clubs after work to celebrate. They find themselves at the Odessa, a Russian-owned club, and Larry...

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Writing Advice: The 40-Year-Old Virgin (Writer)

Posted by on Jan 8, 2010 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror | 0 comments

By Maurice Broaddus I have a so-called writer friend who shall remain nameless (Brian Keene says what?) who loves to remind me of the fact that this year, I turn forty. Forty. Four Zero. That milestone of angst and turmoil, even for the most secure of us… and we all know how stable writer/creative types are. Thing is, this year also marks my debut turn as a novelist. Yes, yes, yes. I’ve had short stories, an anthology, and novellas published*, but I hadn’t had a novel see the light of day. Now, while I find myself ready to choke the next person forwarding me a headline about the latest pre-teen offered a six figure book deal, there are some very practical reasons why it...

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Writing Advice: Clothing Makes the Man/Woman/Monster

Posted by on Jan 7, 2010 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror | 0 comments

By Sara M. Harvey We all have an opinion about clothes. And about how clothing is used in fiction–everything from Vonnegutesque simplicity to Dickensian overload. So, how important is description of dress as character development? As a costume designer (I’m a bit biased here), I’d say it is very important. When developing character for the stage, the costume decisions are extraordinarily important—they will define how a character moves, as well as her comfort level, and set up an instant communication with the audience. Now, in fiction, there is not the same sort of visual connection. The audience does not literally see the character; instead, the reader must imagine...

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Writing Advice: Know Your Market

Posted by on Jan 6, 2010 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror | 0 comments

By Maggie Jamison Time and again, I receive stories in my slush that are brilliant. They’re not just good, they’re amazing. They stick in my head and get under my skin, and weeks later, when I’m sitting at the kitchen table over a bowl of soggy cereal, telling my husband yet again how he just doesn’t understand how amazing this story is, he just rolls his eyes and moves to another room. And I still reject them. Why? These stories have one of the following in common: A) They’re not dark. B) They’re not science fiction. Some of these brilliant stories have both in common. I’ve read heartbreaking light fantasy, chilling monster horror, even revolutionary magical realism:...

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Outside the Box: Genre Battlegrounds—Literary vs. Genre

Posted by on Jan 5, 2010 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror | 0 comments

By Michele Lee Conflict is at the core of great stories, so it’s no surprise that those behind great stories often find themselves involved in great debates. One of the most recently sparked debates grew out of a discussion on the monetary value of creative works. Boiled down to the bones, the great question is: Should we write for art or for entertainment? No doubt many of you now are immediately responding with, “Both!”, which is a fine point, save that a great deal of the “junk” in genre was written to be both. Each genre has its tropes. Readers pick up a book with expectations, which is where genres as a classification device came from. It wasn’t a way for writers...

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