Posts made in June, 2012

A discussion of Paranormal Parody. It is funny.

Posted by on Jun 27, 2012 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror, Genre Matters | 2 comments

Paranormal Parody is a pretty funny send up of Oren Peli’s found footage horror flick Paranormal Activity. You would be well-advised to watch it (both films, actually), particularly if 1) you enjoyed Peli’s film and 2) you have a soft spot for curvaceous redheads. For the benefit of the two people in the world who are not familiar with Paranormal Activity, allow me to catch you up. An attractive young couple feel they are being haunted by a malicious spectral being. The rather dim-witted but well-meaning boyfriend buys a camera hoping to catch on film evidence of their haunting and use the footage to… well, I don’t recall what he thought he would...

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Guy Hasson's Film Journal #4: Writer vs. Director

Posted by on Jun 27, 2012 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror, Artist Musings | 0 comments

by Guy Hasson Dan: You’re acting like a crazed psychopath. Roseanne: [snorts] Well, the voices in my head disagree. Roseanne. “Daughters and Other Strangers.” (1993) The War Begins There’s a war going on. And it begins every time a film director is doing his job. If the drums of war are missing, the director isn’t doing his job right. I’m happy to report that this war has finally reached the rehearsals of The Indestructibles, my indy, no-budget, epic sci-fi flick for the web. The Adversaries Let’s observe the two adversaries as they get into the ring. On the one side: the writer.The writer creates an idea out of nothing. He creates a world,...

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Ray Bradbury and Me

Posted by on Jun 26, 2012 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror, Artist Musings | 1 comment

by Michael A. Burstein I hadn’t planned on writing a tribute to Ray Bradbury. When word came out on the morning of Wednesday, June 6, that Bradbury had died the night before, there were already plenty of tributes starting to pop up from all over the world. Furthermore, many of those came from writers who are much more well-known or well-established than I am. What more could I possibly add to that torrent of tribute? Another reason for me to refrain was that when it came to fiction, Bradbury’s style and mine were extremely different. Bradbury was much more of a poet, with a facility for metaphor that I envy. I tend to write in a more straightforward style, modeling my...

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Blood on Vellum: Notes from the Apex Editor

Posted by on Jun 25, 2012 in Apex News, Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror | 0 comments

by Lynne M. Thomas It is my great pleasure to bring you some stunning fiction this month in issue 38. In our three new stories, Ken Liu weaves a tragic tale of love, theft, and loss in “The Silk Merchants.” Alec Austin humanizes steampunk zombies (yes, steampunk zombies) in “Ironheart.”  Sarah Monette brings coyote justice in “Coyote Gets His Own Back.” Our classic revisited comes from Kij Johnson this month. “Wolf Trapping” was originally published in Twilight Zone. Kij has a short story collection coming out from Small Beer Press this month; you can read more about it, along with her thoughts on writing, editorial process, and the teaching of writing, in her interview...

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RELEASE ANNOUNCEMENT: The Book of Apex: Volume 3 of Apex Magazine edited by Catherynne M. Valente

Posted by on Jun 25, 2012 in Apex News, Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror | 0 comments

We’re pleased to announce the official release of The Book of Apex: Volume 3 of Apex Magazine edited by Catherynne M. Valente. This volume of the series (formerly titled Descended from Darkness) gathers all original fiction published by Apex Magazine into print and eBook format chosen by Cat Valente during her fifteen issue run as editor-in-chief. PRINT Apex: http://www.apexbookcompany.com/collections/all-books/products/the-book-of-apex-vol-3 Amazon: http://amzn.to/Mt7pNF B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-book-of-apex-jason-sizemore/1111610332 DIGITAL Apex (ePub/mobi/PDF):...

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