Posts made in December, 2011

Interview with Ty Schwamberger, author of THE FIELDS

Posted by on Dec 30, 2011 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror, Interviews | 0 comments

By Janet Harriett Janet Harriett: What made you want to write a zombie historical novella? Ty Schwamberger: Two things: I’ve always loved zombie films and books and history was the only subject I ever really liked in school. In fact, my degree is in history (which has since proved pointless to have). During college, I read my first historical fiction novel, The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, which I really enjoyed. So, when it came time to write a twist in the zombie subgenre, I thought it’d be a fun experiment to infuse two of my favorite things: history and horror. JH: Why is the Reconstruction-era South an interesting setting for a zombie tale? TS: Well, maybe one of the...

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Blood on Vellum: Notes from the Apex Editor

Posted by on Dec 28, 2011 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror, Editing Matters | 0 comments

Goodbye, 2011. You were full of adventures through mystical labyrinths, virtual worlds, asteroid belts, massive cities, and intimate gardens. Shira Lipkin, Heather McDougal, Amal El-Mohtar, Lavie Tidhar, Indaprimit Das, Rabbit Seagraves, Eugie Foster, Annalee Newitz, Mike Allen, Forrest Aguirre, Saladin Ahmed, Elizabeth Bear, and outgoing editor Catherynne M. Valente all graced our pages (among many talented others). And now it’s a new year, with a new editor, and more new stories. We’re beginning 2012 with new stories from Cat Rambo and Sarah Dalton, which I think is an auspicious start. Cat Rambo’s “So Glad We Spent This Time Together” takes on the horrors of...

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Stranger in a Strange Land: A Personal Reflection on the Fiftieth Anniversary

Posted by on Dec 28, 2011 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror, Artist Musings | 0 comments

By Michael A. Burstein Last week, I suddenly found myself interested in re-reading one of the scenes in the classic award-winning novel Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein. The scene in question is the one where Jubal Harshaw, who has taken on the protection of Valentine Michael Smith, the Man from Mars, decides he needs to place a phone call to the planet’s chief executive, Secretary General Joseph Douglas. The scene is a fascinating one, dealing as it does with the problem of how an ordinary citizen can get in touch with the political leader of the entire Earth. I’m not entirely sure why I was moved to re-read the scene. Quite possibly it was...

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Cain's Legacy: Man's Inner Evil, 1930-1939

Posted by on Dec 15, 2011 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror, Genre Matters | 0 comments

by B.J. Burrow The Roaring Twenties ended with a crash that heralded the Great Depression.  The Depression, World War I, and the corrupt dealings of big businesses affected the ‘Detective Novel.’  These events pushed  the ‘polite parlor murders’ of Agatha Christie and the likes into darker territory where a brilliant chiaroscuro brought into focus man’s inner evil. In 1930, the magazine, ‘The Black Mask,’ serialized Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon, where the hero effectively becomes the ‘anti-hero.’  He’s bad, sure, but the other fellas are worse. Sam Spade has honor—“when a man’s partner is killed he’s supposed to do...

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Method Writing

Posted by on Dec 14, 2011 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror, Writing Advice | 0 comments

by Francesca Forrest Most writers I know report that they mimic the expressions of their characters as they write – at least sometimes – and many get up and pantomime actions to get a feel for what it is they’re describing. It’s Method Writing. Some people do more: they may get their hands on a genuine sword, so they can see what it feels like to hold one, or they may take archery lessons, or learn how to thread a loom, or how to signal a ship. On the one hand, it’s research. However, it can sometimes be hard to tell where research stops and a new hobby begins. If you’ve begun piecing quilts for all your friends, or working your way up the belt levels in...

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