Posts made in December, 2012

Free Horror Fiction: “Cuddly Toys” by Gill Ainsworth (Seasons of Insanity)

Posted by on Dec 31, 2012 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror | 0 comments

Apex is pleased to present this excellent horror flash fiction by Gill Ainsworth from her and Frank W. Haubold’s collection Seasons of Insanity. Last Friday, we ran the Introduction to Seasons of Insanity penned by Ms. Ainsworth. Enjoy!   Buy Seasons of Insanity in print or digital format   CUDDLY TOYS Gill Ainsworth “WHY, JOANNA, WHY? Why did you do it?“ I lie in bed listening to Freddie shouting at me from the spare room. Beside me is my bedtime mug of water and the jar I keep with me always. My eyelids grow heavier with every question he asks, and a smile forms on my face. He may think his words haunt me, but I find our nightly ritual comforting. My...

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Seasons of Insanity: Introduction

Posted by on Dec 27, 2012 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror | 3 comments

Included below is the introduction Gill Ainsworth penned for her and Frank W. Haubold’s horror collection Seasons of Insanity. Enjoy! Buy Seasons of Insanity! Available in print and digital formats DEGREES OF INSANITY WHEN FRANK AND I first thought of putting together a collection of stories, we decided the theme should be a “Year in Europe” with one story for every month of the year and each story set in a different county. I was desperate to write a story set in Cyprus because, a number of years ago, I was inadvertently set a challenge at a fantasy con: no-one can write a horror story set in Cyprus; it’s too wonderful a country for anything horrible...

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Book Release: Seasons of Insanity by Gill Ainsworth and Frank W. Haubold

Posted by on Dec 26, 2012 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror | 0 comments

Apex is pleased to announce that today is the official release date for our new collection of themed horror titled Seasons of Insanity by two major award-nominated authors: Gill Ainsworth and Frank W. Haubold. Seasons of Insanity contains twelve stories, one for each month of the year, that explores the various maladies that make us mad. Not angry mad, but scary mad. The cover art is by Crossvalley Smith. Here is a fo’instance: “Everything started with a tiny prick, a blood sample for his routine monthly examination. Now he stands, waiting for the machine to pass its sentence.” –”Welcome to the Machine”, Frank W. Haubold The book is...

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Are We All Still Here? If so, enjoy these post-apocalypse stories from Apex Magazine…

Posted by on Dec 21, 2012 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror | 0 comments

It has been said that the flipping of the Mayan calendar today marks the end for all of us. If you’re reading this, perhaps were granted a reprieve. Three years ago, I asked two talented and brave authors to prognosticate potential bad endings caused by the Mayan apocalypse for a special issue of Apex Magazine. Since today is the day, Apex feels now is a great time to revisit the stories and horrors conjured by Genevieve Valentine and James F. Reilly. “Wondrous Days” by Genevieve Valentine Sleeping is the worst. You don’t know if you’ve been asleep for ten hours or ten minutes. I’m never rested–the darkness and the smoke have swallowed everything–and...

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The In/Human Element: Dangerous Toys

Posted by on Dec 20, 2012 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror | 0 comments

By Jessica Nelson As the gift-giving holidays arrive, I honestly can’t think of better fictional characters to discuss than dangerous toys. The sky is dark, lights twinkle around windows and weigh down the boughs of the Christmas or Yule tree. Perhaps the menorah adorns a table near a window, instead (although, I should mention I believe this year, Hanukkah ends just before this will post). It’s cold outside, maybe even snowy. People are relaxing by the fire or snuggled into bed under layers of cozy, warm blankets, and the kids are having their fabled sugar-plum dreams. There are most likely a number of gifts awaiting giving tucked under your tree, or hidden...

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