Posts made in January, 2012

Blood on Vellum: Notes from the Apex Editor

Posted by on Jan 23, 2012 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror, Editing Matters | 0 comments

by Lynne M. Thomas This issue will get under your skin. I didn’t set out to produce a theme issue, but with two stories featuring tattoos as a central motif, the urge to pair them together was overwhelming, and I succumbed. This month, David J. Schwartz’s “Bear in Contradicting Landscape” and A.C. Wise’s “My Body, Her Canvas” both use tattoos, but to completely different ends. Our reprint this month is from the inimitable Maureen McHugh. “Useless Things” meditates upon creation, humanity, and parenthood in a post-apocalyptic setting. Carrie L. Vaughn graces us with her lovely poem “Caverns of Science.” This month’s nonfiction brings an interview with Maureen McHugh,...

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A Slice of Darkness Interview Series: Dark Faith 2 Co-Editor Jerry Gordon

Posted by on Jan 18, 2012 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror, Editing Matters | 0 comments

Interview conducted by M.G. Ellington MGE: Can you give our readers a bit of background on how you got involved with the first Dark Faith anthology? JG: Maurice Broaddus and I were at a writers retreat when he first bounced the idea off me.  Gary Braunbeck had introduced us a year or two before, and we had become friends and sounding boards for each other’s work.  We talked about how to approach the subject of belief in genre.  How to package and sell it.  It was one of those late night conversations that you don’t expect to go anywhere.  At least I didn’t. A few months later, Maurice and I were having dinner.  At this point he’d sold Apex on...

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It's the end of the world as we know it. Where's my pen?

Posted by on Jan 16, 2012 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror, Artist Musings | 0 comments

By Russell Dickerson We live in dark times, as most of you are beginning to realize (if you haven’t already). Protests happen each and every day now, across our great country. Banks take our money, and make it increasingly difficult to survive financially. Crime seems to get worse nearly everywhere, and safety is not always assured. Our bill of rights, sacred to all Americans, is on the verge of being burned alive. The first amendment is challenged constantly by those who would rather we not speak. We can now, as American citizens, be detained indefinitely by our own tax dollars. As creators, we also run into other, unsettling problems. Our work is constantly...

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A House Divided: Science Fiction Versus Fantasy

Posted by on Jan 12, 2012 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror, Genre Matters | 1 comment

Guest Post by James L. Sutter As far as the outside world is concerned, science fiction and fantasy are the same. Go into almost any bookstore, and you’ll find the two shelved in the same section, intermingled without any attempt to define which is which. In many ways, it just makes sense–so many books blur the lines between the two genres that trying to distinguish which is which would lead to needless complication. Yet those of us who read and watch a lot of speculative fiction know that there’s indeed a difference between science fiction and fantasy. And as human nature has shown us time and time again, where there’s difference, there’s...

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Cain's Legacy: Man's Inner Evil 1940-1949

Posted by on Jan 11, 2012 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror, Genre Matters | 0 comments

by B.J. Burrow I would like to begin this month’s column with an author’s note: in 1941, Universal released a black and white gem entitled The Wolf Man.   I had originally planned to include it as one of my ‘three’ subjects (a self imposed structure, because if not three, then four?  If not four, then five?  So, you know―three), but decided against it. It doesn’t quiet fit the criteria, does it?  The criteria being simply this: does it explore man’s inner evil? After deciding it didn’t fit, I still wanted to include it for a selfish reason, which is to further explore the variations of the Dr. Jekyll/Mr Hyde theme carved out by Robert Louis Stevens.  I wanted to...

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