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Books make fantastic gifts. They’re affordable, easy to wrap, don’t take batteries, and can be enjoyed over and over again. The hardest part about buying books for your friends and family is knowing which books to buy.

From now until Christmas, every book mentioned in our Apex Holiday Gift Giving Guide is 25% off the cover price direct from Apex! This includes both print and eBook editions. Giving the gift of reading just got simpler. 

** NOTE: Discount is built into the sales price **

To help you find the right Apex title for everyone on your shopping list, we’ve come up with a handy-dandy Apex Holiday Gift Giving Guide.

Short story collections are perfect for your busy friends who claim to never have time to read. They can enjoy a story or two in between running from one task to another, without having to worry about keeping track of lots of characters or a complicated plot. And Apex has lots of anthologies and collections to choose from, everything from a glittery alien party to weird tales that will keep you up at night.

Glitter & MayhemGlitter & Mayhem edited by Lynne M. Thomas, John Klima, and Michael Damian Thomas is perfect for the hard-living party goer, or the person who wishes they were a hard-living party goer. Twenty stories of nightclubs, drugs, roller derby, and sex that span science fiction and fantasy, this anthology is a wild ride, sure to please anyone who wants to let their hair down and have a good time. Welcome to Glitter & Mayhem, the most glamorous party in the multiverse.

Appalachian Undead edited by Jason Sizemore and Eugene Johnson would make a great gift for anyone who loves zombies, horror, or Appalachia. Filled with stories from some of the best horror writers of our time, such as Tim Waggoner, Gary A. Braunbeck, Elizabeth Massie, and Jonathan Maberry, this anthology delves into the dark side of the mountains, where the Undead walk and hunger for your flesh. With 20 tales of brain munching, terrifying fun, Appalachian Undead is sure to please the zombie fan in your life.

Plow the Bones is Douglas F. Warrick’s debut short story collection. With a hauntingly lyrical voice, Warrick weaves weird tales that take you to nightmarish landscapes and introduces you to unforgettable characters. Give the gift of the surreal, where moths live behind eyes, a ventriloquist dummy holds a secret, and a girl’s greatest wish is to become a hot air balloon, and you will leave your friends breathlessly wanting more.

Seasons of Insanity by Gill Ainsworth and Frank W. Haubold would be a delightful addition to any horror lovers library. Riding the edge between paranoia and all out terror, these twelve stories drag you through a year of fear and insanity. Give your friends the gift that will have them questioning their reality.

The Book of Apex: Volume 4 of Apex MagazineThe Book of Apex: Volume 4 of Apex Magazine edited by Lynne M. Thomas is the perfect present for that person who likes it all: science fiction, fantasy, and horror. This anthology collects the original fiction from Lynne’s first fifteen months as Editor-in-Chief of Apex Magazine, including works by Ken Liu, Catherynne M. Valente, Elizabeth Bear, Cat Rambo, Christopher Barazak, Alethea Kontis, and many more. All in all, thirty-three stories that are sure to delight and entertain with their spellbinding magic.

If the people on your list are the type who like to curl up with good book and get lost in a longer plot, following the characters as they face one hurdle after another, then give them one of Apex’s amazing novellas or novels.

What Makes You Die by Tom Piccirilli is a bleak short novel that follows Tommy Pic as he tries to solve the mystery surrounding Act 1 of a screenplay he doesn’t remember writing. Laced with hallucinations, clues scrawled on Post-its, and forgotten memories, What Makes You Die follows Tommy as he chases the ghost of childhood friend, begins a relationship with a witch, and ultimately searches for hope.

Desper Hollow by Elizabeth Massie is fast paced zombie novel set in the Appalachian Mountains. It takes Elizabeth’s story from Appalachian Undead and continues it, filling the plot out with an entire cast of interesting characters, including Jenkie Mustard, Kathy Shaw, and Hollywood pitchman Jack Carroll. Desper Hollow also introduces you to Armistead, a zombie searching for a higher purpose.

Pair Desper Hollow with Appalachian Undead for the ultimate gift for the zombie lover in your life!

I Can Transform You by Maurice Broaddus would be a great stocking stuffer for anyone who loves science fiction, noir, or mystery. The story follows Mac Peterson as he tries to figure out who murdered his ex-wife and tried to cover it up by making her death look like a suicide. Paired with Ade Walters, a cyborg officer, Mac soon discovers plans to transform Earth. The book also includes “Pimp My Airship,” a uniquely diverse steampunk tale.

From now until Christmas, every book mentioned in our Apex Holiday Gift Giving Guide is 25% off the cover price direct from Apex! This includes both print and eBook editions. Giving the gift of reading just got simpler. 

For more holiday gift ideas, check out Apex’s complete catalog.

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  1. This sucks…as soon as I think I’m done buying books, you go and post this. Thanks Lesley! :) I may be broke but my book shelves are full!

    • Nicole, you and I are alike in many ways. No matter what we say, how well we plan, and giving it our best effort, we are never done buying books! We can’t stop, because there’s always something else we NEED to read. And you are very welcome! I love helping people find new books. :)

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